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Author: Herman Wouk Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594833229
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With this rollicking novel—hailed equally for its satiric bite, its lightly borne scientific savvy, and its tender compassion for foible-prone humanity—one of America’s preeminent storytellers returns to fiction.

Guy Carpenter is a regular guy, a family man, an obscure NASA scientist, when he is jolted out of his quiet life and summoned to the corridors of power in Washington, DC. Through a turn of events as unlikely as it is inevitable, Guy finds himself compromised by scandal and romance, hounded by Hollywood, and agonizingly alone at the white-hot center of a firestorm ignited as three potent forces of American culture—politics, big science, and the media—spectacularly collide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At eighty-eight, Wouk writes with the brightness of a forty-five-year-old kid hell-bent on fun about subatomic physics…Ingenious. Absolutely ingenious.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Playful, thoughtful, and passionate, this first novel by Wouk in ten years will charm fans with companionable warmth and wry humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Jonathan Davis turns mere pages into a living story…Davis’ performance adds realism to a story in which hormonal urges, jealousy, and national pride energize the never-ending race to have the world’s biggest bomb.”

    AudioFile

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 2/20/2014

    " I love Lab Lit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MeLisa | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed how this book wove together the themes of romantic intrigue, physics, and politics! I actually have a grasp on the superconducting super collider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/19/2014

    " All in all it was well written, and relatively entertaining. I can say I cared for the personality of Penny Carpenter the protagonist's wife. In fact I actively disliked her personality. It detracted from the main storyline. The remaining story was enjoyable, and the scenery well painted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 1/10/2014

    " I listened to this in the car, and it was definitely entertaining. I was impressed by the science of it, less so by the human emotions and the politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/18/2013

    " A very entertaining satire of Congress, Hollywood, nosy and malicious reporters,and dog-eat-dog Academia with a surprisingly clear explanation of particle physics thrown in for good measure. I loved the happy ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/15/2013

    " A quick read, with a fun look at international politics and the interplay between countries. Not of the caliber of "Marjorie Morningstar" or "Winds of War" but a good read with very believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/19/2013

    " Wouk still has it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 10/5/2013

    " Hilarious read about the searh for the Higgs Bosun. Sounds geeky, but is actually chock full of human vicissitudes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/25/2012

    " this was not a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 11/17/2012

    " A clever bit of science wrapped up in a trbue his brother. I don't know much more about the Higgs boson than before, but I appreciate just what happened down in Ellis County far more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 3/28/2012

    " A passable read but not even close to the level of some of his earlier works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/25/2011

    " a friend found this book at goodwill and gave it to me. it's not the most well written story and it doesn't have the most compelling storyline but it is interesting. and i love physics - even though i did terribly in physics class in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/6/2009

    " Different read for me but found it fascinating. Men should like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 7/22/2008

    " Pure Wouk - a quirky story about a proton collider in Texas and how forces see its potential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 4/14/2007

    " I'm loved this book! A confluence of media frenzy, Congressional angst and a scientist with a past makes this satire a compelling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 1/6/2007

    " Far from Wouk's best. Fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/27/2006

    " Good story - a little outdated on the characters. I love Wouk though so I was happy to discover a book I did not know about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 10/25/2006

    " I couldn't get very far in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/23/2006

    " Another great Wouk read. Different than the war series but with same detail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 5/12/2006

    " When reading this book, one must keep in mind"...Herman Wouk exercises his deep insight and considerable comic powers to give us a witty and keen satire about Washington, the media, and science, and what happens when these three great forces of American culture clash." Keep in mind satire... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 7/29/2005

    " If you're looking for a breezy novel about the Higgs boson, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 5/20/2005

    " This is a very good novel from a great author. It's an interesting story about NASA scientists, engineers, and America. Quick read and hard to put down. "

About the Author

Author Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk earned his living as a scriptwriter for Fred Allen before serving in World War II. His career as a novelist spans nearly six decades and has brought him resounding international acclaim, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Caine Mutiny. He lives in Palm Springs, California.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has been inducted intothe Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, he has earned accolades for his narration from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses. He also narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. His work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola. He grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew.