AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter

THE ALCHEMY OF AIR A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

by | Read by Adam Verner

Contemporary Culture • 11 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

Thomas Hager’s gift for narrative is on display in this account of a discovery that has had incalculable influence on human history: the Haber-Bosch process for producing ammonia from nitrogen in the atmosphere. By profiling the two German chemists who perfected it, Hager weaves the rich story of how this process has fed the world with fertilizers and helped it wage two terrible wars with explosives. Unfortunately, Adam Verner’s narration seems utterly detached from the text. His pace is languid, even dull, and he routinely misses the cadences of the author’s sentences, emphasizing the wrong words and interrupting the flow of Hager’s prose. It’s a disappointing telling of a fascinating story that deserves better. D.B. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2011]

Advertisement

Formats

Trade Ed. • Audible, Inc. • 2010

DD ISBN $24.95

Get our Newsletter
Connect with AudioFile
envelope

AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.

×

Thank you for signing up.

×

Thanks!

Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×