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Archimedes, Gutenberg, Franklin, Nobel, Bell, Marconi, the Wright Brothers, and Edison: Nine remarkable men produced inventions that changed the world. The printing press, the telephone, powered flight, recording, and other innovations have made the modern world what it is. But what were the men who had these ideas and made realities of them like? As David Angus explains, they were very different: quiet, boisterous, confident, or withdrawn. But all had a moment of vision that they combined with single-minded determination to battle through numerous obstacles and produce something that really worked. This is a fascinating account, especially for younger listeners.

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"This is a marvelous snapshot of nine of the world's greatest inventors....A fascinating and, with luck, inspiring audio." ( The Guardian, UK)

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  • Patty
  • 26-02-07


My family loved this book! It's sparked all kinds of discussion about discovery and innovation, taking risks, and breaking ground. Emma (7) and Max (5) and their parents were intrigued by the engaging, personal life stories of the inventors, the challenges, the breakthroughs, and the science.

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  • RK
  • 15-09-11

Easy to listen to, and the right level for kids

Really liked this book. The narrator's voice is child-friendly (at least, for my children), and the material was at the appropriate level to inspire children, though not overwhelming them.

I'm happy that my children can hear about Edison, Bell, the Wright Brothers, etc. and how they kept failing and learning, before they triumphed.

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