
Superconductivity
 A Very Short Introduction
 Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
 Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
 Unabridged Audiobook
 Release date: 110310
 Language: English
 Publisher: Audible Studios
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Regular price: $11.95
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 Akira Kira
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An excellent compact introduction
The most intelligible audio book on science I have ever heard. The narration fits the description of scientific matters.
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 james
 040217
History of the superconductor
This book gives you words you may require to search for information the most interesting part for me was DIY superconductors. This was like a lesson in the people that made superconductors the story of the super conductors explained only I. The last twenty minutes what they are for. Surface knowledge is what you get, the characters of the superconductors. The disappearing spoon, 12 hour audiobook I listened to before this and it was lame to hear almost word for word the exact reproduction of stories. Not on the same level as thermodynamics brief introduction. That's a five star, this one was twothree The narrators of these could have relaxed a bit jeez.

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 Carlingford, Australia
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Very informative and yet very entertaining
The author has done the remarkable job of making a somewhat difficult subject to a very palatable and entertaining narrative. This was enhanced further by the brilliant narration.