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Author: Adam Higginbotham Narrator: Jacques Roy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2019 ISBN: 9781508278511
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Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.

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 thirty 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 its citizens and the entire world. 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Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to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 twentieth 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb, enthralling, and necessarily terrifying.”

    New York Times

  • “Wonderful and chilling…With thriller-like flair…[tells] a tale of hubris and doomed ambition, featuring Communist party bosses and hapless engineers, victims and villains, confusion and cover-up.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Aa gripping detective story in which mistakes pile up as the narrative moves toward tragedy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is a highly detailed, carefully documented, beautifully narrated telling of this breathtakingly complex accident and its mitigation. Higginbotham’s handling of the sociopolitical context is also deft.”


  • “Jacques Roy’s nuanced performance of Higginbotham’s harrowing audiobook keeps listeners deeply engaged…Roy’s masterful narration enhances this stark and terrifying account of one of the worst disasters in human history. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A definitive book. Adam Higginbotham has written a wonderful and chilling account…with thriller-like flair.”

    Luke Harding, author of Mafia State

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A #1 bestseller in 20th Century World History
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times audio bestseller

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  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 Ian | 8/5/2019

    " MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL is the best non-fiction audio book I've listened to in a long time. Author Adam Higginbotham has done an incredible job of researching the 1986 nuclear accident: its origin in questionable design, the building of the reactors, the cultural gigantism that assumed if one huge suboptimal reactor could work, why not four of them? All this took place within a the Soviet culture that mixed military, political and engineering concerns in an atmosphere of not asking questions. When the disaster hit, the Communist propaganda machine struck, consistently underestimating the extent of the tragedy and delaying necessary responses. "

About the Author

Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Businessweek, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, and The Atavist. He began his career in magazines and newspapers in London, where he was the editor-­in-­chief of The Face and a contributing editor at The Sunday Telegraph. The author of Midnight in Chernobyl, he lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.