A Nuclear Family Vacation

  • by Nathan Hodge, Sharon Weinberger
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington
  • 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In A Nuclear Family Vacation, husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Weaving together first-class travel writing and crack investigative journalism, the pair pursues both adventures and answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there really such a thing as a suitcase nuke? And which nuclear power plants are most likely to be covers for weapons programs? Their itinerary takes them from the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan to the U.S.'s own top-secret "Site R", opening a unique perspective on the world's vast nuclear infrastructure and the international politics at play behind it.

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Interesting topic but oh my, the reader!

The topic for this book hits my sweet spot so it was an easy choice to buy and generally it lived up to my expectations. It shone some light into some of the dark and often neglected corners of the world of atomic weaponry, I especially enjoyed the segment about Kwajalein and although the technical detail was a little on the light side that is understandable given the subject matter. You have to admire the authors determination to get access to some of the places they visited, it often sounds quite easy but I guess they could have written a separate book about the hoops they must have jumped through. Some of the characters they met along the way were as interesting as the places they visited.

On the subject of the reader, I have to say she started off sounding slightly odd, stilted intonation, odd pronunciation, Cuba pronounced "Koobah", the oddest interpretation of the name "Forrestall" I've ever heard and pronouncing IAEA (I'd say Iyayeeay) as I. A. E. A. with really plonking full stops. By the end it was REALLY annoying and puts me off listening to the book again which is a shame.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury