• Ablaze

  • The Story of Chernobyl
  • By: Piers Paul Read
  • Narrated by: Miles Meili
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author presents a heart-pounding account of the world's greatest nuclear disaster, based on sources not available before the fall of the Soviet Union. Read's enthralling account is filled with acts of courage - and also bumbling confusion, secrecy, lies, and coverups. Read spent many months in Russia interviewing hundreds of survivors and experts.

©1993 Piers Paul Read (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Thorough Accout

Read this in hardback. Was glad to see it in Audible. Good thorough account of what happened that day. My one little complaint is most of the firefighters who died were referred to as "the fireman" instead of by name. The book is brimming with names for others involved in the tragedy. The firefighters deserve to be named as well.

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Great Info About Chernobyl

Excellent book. At times, the reader can be a little monotonous but it's not often. If you want to know about the accident at Chernobyl, this book is great. I've read/listened to over 20 books about Chernobyl and there was info in this book I've never seen anywhere. It goes into great detail without being "preachy." He lets the reader decide for themselves and even gives figures without gloom and doom. Overall, it's an amazing book.

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Pre-Higinbotham Pre-Plokhii #1 Work on the Subject

I have read many, many works on Chernobyl. As of the time of writing I consider Higinbotham's, Midnight in Chernobyl and Plokhii's Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Disaster to be the seminal works on the subject. However, much credit must go to Read's Ablaze as it was written so soon after the disaster and in the midst of the fall of the Soviet Union. We know a lot more about the situation at Chernobyl since this book was published, but much respect is due to him starting the literary cadence of works on the subject. Also notable is the narrative voice this book unfolds through; similar to his other works it is supremely engaging.

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Excellent

well written and well read. provides different information and perspectives than some other books on the subject.

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Good listen!

This was a very informative book. The writing was very engaging and it explained complex science in a way even I could understand. The only thing that frustrated me was the narration. While the narrattor was good for every other purpose, the Russian names were a distracting miss.

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Decent but that narrator though....

A few new tidbits and overall a decent focus on the people involved.

One note though. If you know certain pronunciations, the one's the narrator gets wrong might just be so annoying as to put you off the entire book. In particular, his pronunciation of "Gorbachev" changes subtly every time he says it and somehow or another he gets it wrong ever time and i think he gets it more wrong as he goes along.

He's got a very pleasant voice and good delivery but it's so very striking when you come across these kind of mangled pronunciations of things that aren't terribly obscure. Kind of ruins the whole I'm listening to an "expert" type thing.

Food for thought.

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Too much filler

This book used the repeated use of full names to take up page length. Name after name and full institutional titles when the stand abbreviations would do. Also, the narrator’s attempt to pronounce all the names with accents was distracting and pointless.

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  • barry macpherson
  • 04-12-20

Worst yet about chernobyl

This isn't a book as such written by a person it's bits the writer has pieced together from different books and sources. Kept waiting for it to get better but it doesn't. A lot of random information which has no bearing on the story it's shocking and that's me being honest. I'd avoid this as you will be disappointed I promise

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