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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Sheinkin Narrator: Roy Samuelson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

is a 2013 Newbery Honor, winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal, and a National Book Awards finalist for Young People’s Literature. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A pulse-pounding history…His tale is a lively one, peppered with arresting first-person quotations, and it never takes too long to immerse readers in what he calls, with considerable understatement, ‘a big story.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In this fast-paced thriller that happens to be fascinatingly true…[Sheinkin] brings to intriguing life the historical figures who can seem so remote to modern kids.”

    Washington Post

  • “Superb and exciting…[It’s] the remarkable story of how nuclear weaponry was first imagined, invented, and deployed—and of how an international arms race began well before there was such a thing as an atomic bomb.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A must read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Reads like an international spy thriller, and that’s the beauty of it.”

    School Library Journal

  • “It combines elements of a gripping suspense thriller with the plain truth and realism of its subject, ever reminding us of the ‘story’ within history.”


  • “[A] complicated thriller that inter-cuts action with the deftness of a Hollywood blockbuster.”


  • “A superb tale of an era and an effort that forever changed our world.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This is edge-of-the seat material that will resonate with YAs who clamor for true spy stories, and it will undoubtedly engross a cross-market audience of adults who dozed through the World War II unit in high school.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Newbery Honor Recipient
  • A 2012 Washington Post Best Book of the Year for Kids
  • A 2013 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • A 2012 National Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra | 2/9/2014

    " A thriller! No wonder it received so many awards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marge | 1/27/2014

    " What a great account of this historical event. Written in a style like a piece of fiction. This made it a fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erik Wittmer | 1/22/2014

    " Never really knowing much about our countries history, I was blown away reading this book. It has so much information about the first atomic bomb and the race to be the first country to make this powerful weapon. So many people in our country worked towards the goal of getting back at Japan. While Russia and Germany were also trying to create this piece of mass destruction. A book for anyone looking for a great Non-Fiction genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana | 1/16/2014

    " Excellent narrative nonfiction. He really knows how to tell a story. And it was a fascinating story! "

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