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Locutus

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A classic book with a weak narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

The Pulitzer Prize winning history of the making of the atomic bomb. The book follows the discovery of radioactivity through to the realization that certain elements could be split in a self-sustaining chain reaction which made possible the atomic bombs. The author manages to cover the science involved in a clear and concise manner that never overwhelms. He also paints a vivid picture of the various personalities involved, their backgrounds, conflicts and beliefs. I have read this book twice and listened to this version once. Unfortunately, the narrator is weak. He mispronounces names and places. Consonants often disappear up his nose. His attempt at accents and voices is preposterous. This important and well-crafted book deserved better.