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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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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Rafael
  • 2019-05-20

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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  • ZOE R
  • 2019-10-01

Nikola Tesla

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

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  • HollyGal
  • 2019-09-26

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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  • Paul A. Ibbetson
  • 2019-09-22

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.