Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2008
CS ISBN 9781433244698 $44.95 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 9781433244704 $60.00 Six CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781433244735 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
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McNichol provides a fascinating account of the technological battle over which electrical source to use—alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). In this brief history, listeners follow the debates, arguments, and politicking that transpired between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse a little more than a hundred years ago as they tried to determine whose charge would dominate. Malcolm Hillgartner provides a vocal edge that shifts the story from a potentially drab read to an intriguing listen. His emphasis and pacing help McNichol's prose, particularly in the explanatory parts of the text. Also, Hillgartner's commanding voice enhances the authority of the text, providing more legitimacy to McNichol's narrative. L.E. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 08]
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