Bomb

The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Narrated by: Roy Roy Samuelson
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Publisher's Summary

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos.

This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Bomb was a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature.

©2013 Steve Sheinkin (P)2013 Listening Libary
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By Library on 04-22-13

So interesting and great performance!

What a well written book for young people! I am an adult and enjoyed it immensely even though I think it would be best for 5th - 9th graders. Especially those interested in science or engineering, but really anyone who just wants to know about history.

I knew very little about the subject of the Manhattan Project and I would not be interested in an entire adult book on this subject, so this was perfect. The author keeps the suspense going as if it is a spy novel, which is basically is, except it is all true!

After finishing this I went right to the Internet and looked up all these people and places for more information. The actual book gives great timelines and further resources and photos, but the audio is great just for the absorbing story.

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By Mark on 03-11-19

Interesting

Book was informational and good I am out of words and have to put more so words words. But it is interesting

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3 out of 5 stars
By Chrissie on 10-18-13

Clear and Concise History of the First Bomb

Please note that this book has received awards for its excellence for young adults. I was hesitant at first because I was looking for an adult book covering the science and history on the making of the first nuclear bomb and about Robert Oppenheimer, the father of that first bomb. This book is not in any way childish. It gives a clear and concise history of all the events. I am completely satisfied with the book. It is an excellent place to start. Having read this you want more details, more in-depth information about the main characters. I prefer starting with a background of the entire event before plunging into a book focused on Oppenheimer himself. Now I want to know more about this man. He is fascinating; first he makes the bomb and he is at the same time one of first to be aware of its dangers! I have already begun American Prometheus by Kai Bird, a biography focused just on Oppenheimer.

I gave this book three stars because I like it. It reads like a good Wiki article. It has all the prominent facts. This happened and this happened and then this. One event after another. You get a picture of the path toward the making of the bomb, its actual construction and the political environment of those times – WW2, the race for the scientific knowledge and McCarthyism. It is amazing how differently the people spying for the Soviets were punished….and why each thought the Soviets should have this knowledge.

Having read this book, I now can easily go further. There is little character analysis in this book, and that is what I am looking for in my next book on this topic. You certainly cannot start your education in the tenth grade…..now I have prepared myself.

Concerning the audiobook narration by Roy Samuelson, it was excellent. He doesn’t over-dramatize the lines or the events. They are exciting in themselves and do not need extra emphasis. Good speed and clear enunciation too. I can highly recommend this as an audiobook.

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By Thomas A Schleiffarth on 01-16-20

Wow!

Wow! What a story! ... and so well told. Bomb is absolutely worth your time.

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By J. Ashby on 05-03-19

Great

I love this book it makes me want to listen to it all night 🌙

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By Owen M. on 11-30-18

Very engaging

Fascinating book about a period of our nation's history I knew little about. Really well done.

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By N G. on 08-20-17

Great Book!

Listened to this on a long drive and loved the storytelling. The right blend of science, suspense and history to keep me entertained. would recommend for young adults also.

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By Briggitte Carlson on 06-04-17

Interesting for the whole family!

We wanted to go for long car rides just to listen to this book! My kids are 11, 9, and 7. They were gripped by this story. They learned history and politics. Excellent book!

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By Kindle Customer on 05-10-17

great non- fiction story

I enjoyed the way the author told this true story of history and had so much detailed information from so many different angles. Enjoyable read and great narration!

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By BA Special Ed on 12-05-16

love this book

this book is great an I incurage you to read this book . . .

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By Daniel Beydoun on 04-18-17

Engaging listen for an historical text

Very much enjoyed it and learnt heaps along the way. A reminder of how lethal these weapons are. We can only pray for a de escalation of worldwide arsenals.

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