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  • Chernobyl

  • The Devastation, Destruction and Consequences of the World's Worst Radiation Accident
  • By: Ian Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: David Vickery
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Chernobyl

By: Ian Fitzgerald
Narrated by: David Vickery
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Summary

In the early hours of the morning of April 26, 1986, the nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded, unleashing a storm of radioactive material into the atmosphere and contaminating most of Europe with its fallout. It was a disaster on an unprecedented scale.

This is a story of hubris, heroism, and tragedy as engineers, firefighters, doctors, and government officials all worked to contain the fiasco.

In this volume, Ian Fitzgerald reveals the details of how the accident occurred, the desperate response to the situation and the investigation and recriminations that followed. He asks what lessons can be learned—and what, if anything, we are doing to make sure they can never happen again.

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This is an absolutely incredible account of the Chernobyl disaster. It’s very well written, with excellent explanation of a lot of scientific stuff about nuclear fusion etc. but it’s written in a way that the Kay reader can understand. It starts with the background to the development of nuclear power and the use of radioactive elements. That was fascinating learning how the scientists were developing and delivering nuclear bombs whilst others were looking at a better use for the harnessed energy. It refers to a number of earlier nuclear incidents and they’re all chilling. I have a particular interest in Chernobyl as I lived in an area of Wales that was affected by the fallout. One day shortly after the explosion, workers at a nuclear power station locally were triggering the ‘radioactive contamination’ alarms when they entered the site. Mostly they were those who had arrived on cycles or motorbikes and had gone through puddles. That was exceptional. We were told to stay indoors when it was drizzling and to wash clothes if we’d been out in the rain…as if! Immediate restrictions were placed on the movement and sale of livestock and many were slaughtered. Animals, particularly sheep were marked with a colour coded dye for years. Clearly, the effects of fallout from Chernobyl were widespread. After listening to this story, it’s easy to understand how the ‘accident’ happened. It was almost inevitable and the scale of the disaster was unprecedented. The Russian culture of secrecy and blame ran through the entire event and its aftermath. Ian Fitzgerald’s account is engaging; there are stories of true heroism as individuals tried to save colleagues. This is not comfortable reading; it’s only a question of time before a similar disaster happens. If you’re looking for a readable account of this event, this is it. It’s well narrated throughout and there’s plenty of reason to understand that there’s always a cost to cheap energy. The human and animal toll is incalculable.

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The only good part was when the explosion occurred

I personally think this writer, after listening to 2 of his books about NPP’s operation and disasters, I can say everything apart from the explosion and aftermath right after the explosion was dull as ####, noy suggested for people interested in Chernobyl, not suggested

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