Behind the Mic: On Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan, Read by Cassandra Campbell
Listen to a Story of Love, and the Invention of the Atomic Bomb
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Cassandra Campbell gives a stellar performance of this historical fiction audiobook, based on the life of 19-year-old mathematician Charlie Fisk who played a crucial role in creating the atomic bomb. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb talk about Campbell’s performance of Stephen P. Kiernan’s novel, which blends romance, science, and heavier themes. Charlie has to leave his love, Brenda, so he can go manufacture the atomic bomb in Los Alamos, and the secrecy around his position puts a strain on their relationship as he struggles with the ramifications of his work. Campbell skillfully portrays a wide variety of characters, creating a vibrant portrait of an increasingly tense atmosphere.
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