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Visiting Chernobyl

A Considered Guide for Travelers: What You'll See and What to Know
Narrated by: Bill Murray
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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When Chernobyl's Reactor 4 blew up in April 1986, the roof blew away - a million pounds of concrete. Fire filled the sky. The reactor's graphite core, radioactive and deadly, burned like charcoal for 10 days.

Visiting Chernobyl, framed by the author's visit, revisits the accident itself, relives the evacuation of the area, and discusses both the physical environs and the political circumstances of the Soviet Union at the time.

Written in the comfortable, easy-going style of Bill Murray's adventure travel book Common Sense and Whiskey, Visiting Chernobyl is a quick, handy, and accessible introduction to the worst nuclear accident in history, useful for those planning a visit and armchair travelers alike.

Please note that the author/narrator is not the actor Bill Murray.

©2013 Bill Murray (P)2016 Voices, Inc.

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Accessible, Informative, and Thought-Provoking!

Murray's observant narration is woven throughout with fascinating discussions of history, science, geography, and philosophy. Far more than it's title might suggest, this beautiful book is a sensitive consideration of what it means to be a human being on planet Earth. Do the right thing and reveal this book to yourself.

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Worthwhile companion listen to HBO Chernobyl

Watched the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. I saw this recommended by Chernobyl. Previous reviews were right. It doesn't add allot to viewers of the mini series. But it points out everything they got right re-creating the disaster in 1986.

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Very interesting

Little wordy but he tells of stuff you never heard about. definitely a cover up

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nothing new just a rambling story

What disappointed you about Visiting Chernobyl?

No New info just a story about a casual visit to the zone with a boring spin

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

letdown

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Murray?

narrator is not the issue

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

More insight on the worst nuclear accident in history

Any additional comments?

read Chernobyl 01:23:40 which is outstanding absolutely outstanding in every way