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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lydia Millet Narrator: Cori Samuel Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart plucks the three scientists who were integral to the invention of the atom bomb: Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and Enrico Fermi as they watch history's first mushroom cloud rise over the desert on July 16th, 1945... and places them down in modern-day Santa Fe. One by one, the scientists are spotted by a shy librarian who becomes convinced of their authenticity. Entranced, bewildered, and overwhelmed by their significance as historical markers on the one hand, and their peculiar personalities on the other, she, to the dismay of her husband, devotes herself to them. Soon the scientists acquire a sugar daddy - a young pothead millionaire from Tokyo who bankrolls them. Heroes to some, lunatics or con artists to others, the scientists finally become messianic religious figureheads to fanatics, who believe Oppenheimer is the Second Coming. As the ever-growing convoy traverses the country in a fleet of RV's on a pilgrimage to the UN, the scientists wrestle with the legacy of their invention and their growing celebrity, while Ann and her husband struggle with the strain on their marriage, a personal journey married to a history of thermonuclear weapons.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/8/2014

    " weird, implausible, but great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shawne | 2/6/2014

    " A gloriously bleak tragedy that blends satire and painful reality through the medium of science fiction. Millet touches on everything from the horrors of paparazzi to the pure madness of the extremist Christian right, while packing her tale also with gut-wrenching details about the tragic aftermath(s?) of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Laced through with brilliant, quoteable writing and excellently-drawn characters. The book does falter a little on its undue focus on the modern female character, and the ending wobbles completely into wtf-ness. But still a worthy, intelligent novel that makes me keen to try more of Millet's stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liz | 1/26/2014

    " so, is it ok to review a book I didn't finish? well, I'm going to do it anyway. this book has such great potential. the premise is brilliant and the narrative is simply poetic at most points. it's just too long, and filled with too many sanctimonious segues about nuclear war. maybe someday I'll finish it, or perhaps read an abridged version. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Julie | 1/19/2014

    " I'm giving this book one star for effort and historical content. Otherwise, I could barely stand it, but felt compelled to finish what I started. I literally rolled my eyes at a few passages. Millet approaches some interesting topics in admittedly innovative ways, nuclear non-proliferation, the evangelical shift in America, yet is spread so thing with poor character development and scattered plot lines that she fails to make much of a point. "

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About the Author
Author Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights and eight other works of fiction. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives with her children outside Tucson, Arizona.