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Thomas Edison is perhaps the best-known inventor in history, with the electric light bulb, the telephone, and the electricity generator being three of his 1,093 patents. In this captivating audiobook, his prolific creative career and fascinating personal life are performed by Stephen Thorne, alongside a full vocal cast. Thorne, who is best known for roles as villains on the long-running television series Dr. Who, brings a quirky, character-filled, and nuanced reading to Edison's life, ranging from his devotion to his loving mother to his grueling 20-hour-a-day work habits. Compelling and awe-inspiring, this audiobook will make listeners look twice at the everyday objects around them and realize Edison's pervasive influence.

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Edison was a prolific inventor. Among his hundreds of patents is the gramophone, the electric light bulb, the telephone, the kinematograph, and the electricity generator. Of all the people who have shaped our modern world it is Edison who had more impact than anyone else. In his 84 years of life, Edison rose from unschooled rustic to the most celebrated inventor of all time; the man who, for a price, would invent anything for anyone, and would lose the money just as easily on fruitless investigation; the man who, for most of his life, worked for 20 hours a day, often for days on end, without sleep, until his work was perfected.
©1976 David Allen (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg

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