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Lightning in His Hand: The Nikola Tesla Story

Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Lightning in His Hand is a complete biography of Tesla's life, from his birth in Croatia in 1856 to his death in New York in 1943, with a special focus on Tesla’s experiments in Colorado.

After an auspicious early life in Europe, Tesla came to America and worked for a time with Thomas Edison, but their paths diverged after Edison failed to pay Tesla the $50,000 he owed him. Stunned at this infidelity, Tesla joined with Edison's rival, George Westinghouse, in the "battle of the currents", pitting Edison and his advocacy of direct current against the alternating current he proposed with Westinghouse. The winner (Tesla) determined which type of electricity powered the majority of America. 

Well before Tesla came to Colorado Springs, this battle was waged on one important front in Colorado. Westinghouse, using Tesla's patents, built an alternating current plant to provide power to Telluride's Gold King Mine in 1891. It was an early victory for alternating current, and by association, Tesla's genius. 

Tesla's fame grew over the next decade, and by the end of the century, he desired a lab of his own in which to conduct more advanced electrical experiments. The results of much of his research were spirited away after his death by elements of the US government and are rumored to have been used - in secret - to develop high-tech antigravity vehicles and other modern marvels.

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The reading is quite boring but Nikola is great

Towards the end it gets very fiddling to listen to the reader as he has a very old monotone... But the book is great an see what Nikola did is unbelievable.. This guy's was living in 2080 back in the days...

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great listening experience

A wonderful story about a man in a world not ready for him to except him.

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  • 10-22-19

Learning made interesting.

This is not a topic that I would have normally listen too, But, in this case I did.
The narrator voice was perfect for this type of book, and I actually learn something.
This was a very interesting history lesson. Thanks.

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Nikola Tesla

I have learned something about this man Nikola Tesla. He made many contributions that made life easier.

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Educational and excellent narration

When it comes to biographies, I find them so fascinating but in audiobook form, it has to be brought to life for me with the narration or I'm lost to it and find it too easy to give up.
Aubrey really tells the story and brings it to life.
The story is intriguing, compelling, and definitely worth a listen. Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A great delivery of a great story!

A great delivery of a great story! I really enjoyed the narrator and the story was educational. The story of Tesla is still very under-reported so this audiobook does a double service: it's fun and entertaining plus being educational. I would recommend this audiobook to others. I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author (at my request) in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Nat 87
  • 10-11-19

Interesting historical/personal account

An interesting look into the life of a person who I did not know was as important as he was in terms of his contribution to electrical engineering.
The narrator brought it to life and kept me listening

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  • Dan Raskoll
  • 10-08-19

Tesla who?

A very enjoyable listen ,great narrator,who really helps tell the story of real life genius, I honestly didn't know much about Tesla before this book,but now I'm bit of fan of the guy,great audiobook and excellent style of telling the story of Tesla life by the Aubrey Parsons the norrator, well worth you sending a spare credit if your a biography fan or not

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  • Barbara the healer
  • 10-04-19

Exhaustive and exhausting

I received this book free for review.
The narration is very pedestrian, and there seem to be some odd words used - vindicted instead of vindicated, for example - although I am not sure whether the authors are responsible for this or whether the narrator misread the words.
I'm still only at his childhood, and cannot listen to any more.

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  • Helen
  • 08-31-19

enjoyed book

Lightning in His Hand is a complete biography of Tesla's life, from his birth in Croatia in 1856 to his death in New York in 1943, with a special focus on Tesla’s experiments in Colorado.
great story

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  • Tony Gavin (Author - Screenwriter)
  • 08-24-19

Enlightening

A flawless narration by Aubrey Parsons reveals the meticulously researched account of Nicola Tesla's birth, life and death. It reveals his highs and lows, successes and failures in invention, business and life in general. It held my attention throughout.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 08-05-19

An Excellent Well Balanced Biography of Tesla.

Having read several biographies of Nikola Tesla this is perhaps the most concise and best. It is free from sensational claims or elevating the man to mythical status. In a very well written and superbly narrated book it clearly states the facts of Tesla's life, his inventions and ideas plus the impact they had. There is a very good account of his eccentric personality and how he interacted with his peers and friends. To me it brings out his human side as well as his genius. A very rewarding listen.

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  • deafmick
  • 09-24-19

I like this audio book i did not know much about tests but I do now 100%

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