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Midnight in Chernobyl

The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.

The dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the 30 years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers not only its own citizens but all of humanity. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than 10 years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs and documents from recently declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.

Midnight in Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the 20th century, of human resilience and ingenuity and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will - lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats - remain not just vital but necessary.

©2019 Adam Higginbotham (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Great explanation of events

Brilliant book slightly dodgy pronunciation of some words such as bitumen and collate that gets more annoying each time you hear it.

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This narrative by Adam Higginbotham is fascinating. What it does well is contextualise each situation so you have an immediate grasp of the gravity and impact of each turn of events in this unique and indelible point in history. The story of the Chernobyl disaster is engrossing in itself, but it is also multi-faceted and extensively detailed, so this exhaustively researched and meticulous but succinct approach works well. It picks out the most notable details, explores them from the most relevant angles and moves on.

The narration by Jacques Roy is at first soft and off-putting, but ultimately suits the narrative very well. It isn't overly emphasised for drama, and this sensitive approach renders the more harrowing sequences of the disaster's consequences more palatable for the listener. This is also the respectful approach the subject matter deserves, given the impact of the disaster on generations of people.

It's worth noting that this narrative is also well up-to-date, including as it does the most recent developments in the accountability of the people involved in the disaster and the technology that is being developed today. There are likely more exhaustive documents on all minute details of the Chernobyl disaster, but few that cover all the relevant aspects from such an objective perspective and with such efficiency. Comes highly recommended.

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I usually listen to True Crime Genre but on this occasion I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and try Midnight in Chernobyl. I have been pleasantly surprised and am most glad I decided to try something else.

I found it a thoroughly engrossing, informative and educational experience. I listen to books whilst at work, I work alone, outdoors and need mental stimulation. I found myself looking forward to my working day each day when I got up in the morning looking forward to a few hours of informative entertainment. Highly recommended.

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  • 01-03-19

Great Listen and a different insight

great to listen too and informative. Interested in this type of incident or Russian workings in the cold war.

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  • 17-03-19

Well researched and well written

A terrific narration ..and the topic was covered without recourse to ideology or persuasion. makes me want to visit the site