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Wizard

The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
Lu par : Simon Prebble
Durée : 22 h et 13 min

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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

©1996 Marc J. Seifer (P)2011 Tantor

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"Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Global
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  • Jean
  • 28/01/2012

Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time

Simon Prebble did a great job narrating the story. The book goes into more depth surrounding the times of Tesla. It gives an overview history of Serbia and surrounding countries. In covering the education of Tesla the author also introduces the reader to the professors that influenced him. Marc Seifer also covers in depth the interaction between Edison, Bell, Westinghouse and investors such as J.P. Morgan, John Aster, Stanford White and others. Tesla health, habits and mental health are covered. Seifer goes into depth covering the wide array of invention of Tesla and many are just becoming a factor in our daily life. It was also interesting to note that there are many more invention that the department of defense placed under a blanket of national security and no information is available on these inventions. This book has only made me want to know more about Tesla and his fellow engineers of the 1890s.

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  • Robert
  • 18/05/2013

Well researched book; a bit overwhelming

This book makes use of some amazing records and information from Tesla's own papers. It paints a very interesting portrait of the scientist. It does get a bit bogged down in details of patent rights, electric theory the various players who pop in and out of Tesla's life. But definitely worthwhile for anyone interested in this amazing man.

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  • Jean
  • 28/01/2012

Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time

Simon Prebble did a great job narrating the story. The book goes into more depth surrounding the times of Tesla. It gives an overview history of Serbia and surrounding countries. In covering the education of Tesla the author also introduces the reader to the professors that influenced him. Marc Seifer also covers in depth the interaction between Edison, Bell, Westinghouse and investors such as J.P. Morgan, John Aster, Stanford White and others. Tesla health, habits and mental health are covered. Seifer goes into depth covering the wide array of invention of Tesla and many are just becoming a factor in our daily life. It was also interesting to note that there are many more invention that the department of defense placed under a blanket of national security and no information is available on these inventions. This book has only made me want to know more about Tesla and his fellow engineers of the 1890s.

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  • Darryl
  • 28/07/2012

fascinating

this was an incredible biography of a multifaceted genius. i came to this from old curiosity but also from recent listen to Pynchon's Against the Day in which Tesla is an element of the story. i became more interested in learning about Tesla and I did not regret the time. in fact a friend who also listened to Pynchon is following up Tesla. it is mind boggling to imagine the world we could have today if only a key turn in history or in Tesla's fortunes or temperament had gone differently. we literally could have leap-frogged the 20th century and have cleaner energy etc. the list of items and technologies he created or envisioned is ridiculous. i chose this bio because it appeared to be the most comprehensive and i'm glad i did. i highly recommend this one if you are curious in Tesla, but also in early 20th century, late 19th, history: the list of people and events connected even tangentially with Tesla is also staggering. and the narration is fine, just at times he does a couple voices that are similar and can confuse who's speaking a little, not major.

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  • Jolie
  • 02/10/2013

My brain hurts! But in a good way.

Would you listen to Wizard again? Why?

Portions of it, but probably not the whole thing as it is very long; I might have been better off with an abridged version if one was available. There are certain chapters/sections that I found more interesting and engaging than others.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I find late 19th- early 20th-century history—with all its stories of innovation, wealth, and bravado—to be intriguing. I liked hearing about Tesla's interactions with other giants of science, industry, and the arts and learning about his friendships, business partnerships, and collaborations. I found the descriptions of some of his theories to be fascinating (though obviously wrong, such as his insistence that intelligent beings on Mars might be able to receive transmissions from Earth) and descriptions of many of his personal interactions to be intriguing.

I have to admit that I did, more than once, find my mind wandering during some of the lengthier science-heavy passages. I wouldn't say that the science in this book is inaccessible to the layman, but it also doesn't treat the scientific sections in an elementary way. Therefore, I, as a nonscientist, often lost focus during those sections and had to re-listen to some, but wound up skipping some as well.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first book narrated by Simon Prebble and I intend to seek out others he's done. His narration was superb. He commands a number of accents that he uses when voicing such people as the Serbian Tesla, the Italian Marconi, and various Americans, Scots, Englishmen and women, and other ethnicities without turning any of them into caricatures. Highly engaging narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions.

Any additional comments?

I thought I knew of most of the major players who passed through Pittsburgh (my hometown) during Tesla's era but was surprised, and pleased, to learn through this book of Tesla's work in Pittsburgh with George Westinghouse and his patent feuds with University of Pittsburgh researcher Reginald Fessenden. I like when a broad, sweeping historical narrative comes into contact with my favorite city.

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  • FlickFan
  • 01/01/2012

Finally a Tesla Audiobook

What did you love best about Wizard?

At last an audiobook about Nikola Tesla. I've always been interested in Tesla, but just didn't have the time or energy to read one of his many biographies, I guess you could say everything I know about Tesla, I learned from Wikipedia. But the Seifer book is enjoyable enough to listen to leisurely, but detailed enough to hold my scientific interest. I loved the British accent on the reader, who I've heard before, but not sure where. He makes everything seem so profound.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the psychological angle, Dr. Seifer is a psychologist and that tends to humanize Tesla instead of getting bogged down in all the bells and whistles of his inventions. This is really a story of men behaving both badly and wizardly (so to speak). After listening to Wizard, I feel that Tesla has become 3 dimensional for me, while Edison remains 2 dimension. That probably isn't fair to Edison, but he just seems like a guy who invents a lot of neat things, while Tesla has so much more going on in his personality.

Which scene was your favorite?

Everything to do with Edison is great. In someways this is Gates v Jobs only a century earlier, (not sure who is who) These two characters are archetypes and the differences get played out in so many fascinating ways. I also really like the theories about extra-terrestrial origins, which of course remain a little too far out to be taken seriously.

Any additional comments?

The fact that Tesla invented the foundations of the electrical era is old news. What is really interesting is that he is also the father of the wireless era of the internet, cellphones, and even those new swirly CFL light bulbs. The Seifer book paints with a broad enough stroke to encompass that fact without getting stuck merely on Tesla's electricity contributions. I think listening to the Seifer Tesla book has gotten me ready to tackle the Steve Jobs biography next, one tends to flow effortless into the other.

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  • Mr Bill
  • 17/04/2013

Too much of a good thing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they were a serious Tesla fan... and enjoy long books with way more information than you ever wanted to know.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This book starts Agonizingly slow and really is a bit like reading a textbook. Tesla is a Brilliant inventor who simply did a poor job of marketing himself. Its interesting to learn that Edison was really the Steve jobs of his age. He did less invention and more 'modification, and improvement' to other peoples ideas.

What didn’t you like about Simon Prebble’s performance?

The reading was a bit dry, but it may also have been the material.

Was Wizard worth the listening time?

From an educational perspective it was worth it.

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  • Vicente
  • 07/11/2013

An unfortunate soul...

Any additional comments?

The only thing I knew about Tesla was the created rivalry about Tesla and Edison. I sure did get more than that.
If you separate the book into three parts early life/career, career already set, and his final years. I would say that I liked the first part and the third part the best. The book dragged on since the book covered the goings on year by year. only to go forward at times to make a point. then would go back to the year where the author left off.
I enjoyed learning about a great man. about his achievements and his failures.

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  • Jay
  • 07/02/2015

Very Disappointing

I've been listening to Audible books for more than ten years and this is the first book I didn't finish. I think Tesla is an very interesting person and his achievements are pretty amazing but the pace of the story was very slow with lots of detail about the fights over patent rights to his inventions and his personal relationships with other scientists. There's also some Serb nationalism and a weird attempt at doing a psychoanalytic analysis of Tesla. Simon Prebble is a great narrator but he didn't have much to work with.

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  • Ronald Albury
  • 21/02/2013

A good historical account

I have always been interested in Tesla. I wanted to know more about his inventions, and to understand better why he has faded into history.

This book fulfilled both desires. I learned a lot about his inventions (very interesting), and I learned that he was such an overblown stuffed shirt with a Messiah complex that people couldn't stand him. Frankly, I stopped the book with about an hour to go just because I disliked Tesla's personality so much.

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  • E.B
  • 19/02/2013

Von Murdoch Mysteries inspiriert

Als ein Laie auf dem Gebiet der Technik und Wissenschaften habe ich sehr viel erfahren über die Anfänge der Technologie.
Man muß sehr neugierig und historisch interessiert sein, um die 22 Stunden Laufzeit geniessen zu können.
Sehr gut gemacht.

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  • Klaus
  • 05/01/2015

From excellence to mediocracy

I'm very interested in history and technical development. Thus I like to learn from the greatest minds and how they lived and what they did to reach out with there unbelievable ideas to improve the world. Although, Mr. Tesla is not a well known name today, he is one of the creators of our modern and convenient live (just imagine, no electricity for one day; the world would come to a stop, no internet, no computer, no lift would running). Inventors like Tesla and Edison and many more are the builders of our world and I believe, the stories of them can still teach us valuable lessons today.
Coming back to this particular book. I feel not satisfied with the content and the delivery. In my opinion it is a kind of boring collection of facts and I miss more technical details and explanations why Tesla was such a important inventor. I didn't get much out on this point and maybe it is also because the speaker is a kind of monotone and flat. It took me a lot of energy to continue to listen and I gave up before I reached the end. (It's the second time out of more then 120 audible books). I wish I can find a better biography of Mr. Tesla. As all this is my own opinion, please do not feel discouraged, find out for yourself if you like the subject and this particular book. Mr. Tesla itself definitely deserves our respect and admiration.

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  • Barbora
  • 06/04/2018

very well researched

It is remarkable how detailled the author researched about Tesla. Overall, the book however could have been a bit shorter.