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In 1912, scientist Marie Curie spent two months on the British seaside at the home of Hertha Ayrton, an accomplished mathematician, inventor, and suffragette. At the time, Curie was in the throes of a scandal in France over her affair with Paul Langevin, which threatened to overshadow the accomplishment of her second Nobel Prize.

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Angela M
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a dramatic presentation, less than an hour and twenty minutes in length, but filled with so much more than I expected in this short listening time. It’s a tribute to two brilliant women, their intellect, their humanity and a friendship one can only hope for in a lifetime. It spoke to me in so many ways. Of course I knew of Marie Curie and her work on radioactivity, but I had never heard of Hertha Aryton. I learned she was a scientist, a mathematician, another brilliant mind of the time. ...more
Elyse  Walters
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ZERO SPOILERS...ZERO CONTENT....
SAFE TO READ ....I’m simply very JAZZED about this audio-performance.

Audiobook....[audible original]....by playwright Lauren Gunderson....
narrated by Kate Mulgrew, and Francesca Fairdany
1 hour long, and 19 minutes

This audiobook was PERFECT....OUTSTANDING...
A SURPRISE....DYNAMITE....MASTERFUL....
.....and MY FIRST TIME LISTENING TO ***AUDIO THEATER***.
THIS IS HOW’S its DONE!!!!
This is how an AUDIOBOOK -LISTENING-EXPERIENCE gains a FINE REPUTATION....in a readers
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SimitudeSims
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story. I realized that I’ve never read a book about Marie Curie before. I’ve got to find one. This certainly whetted my appetite.
Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

Mari Curie was not only famous for her Nobel prizes but also her scandalous affair with a married man. The story focuses on her getting to grips with how she was shunned and vilified after the story broke and how she picked the pieces of her life with the help of her dear (and similarly accomplished) friend Hertha Ayrton.

The second part of the book focused on both women’s lives after that summer and boy what interesting lives they lived.

The way the story was told in the 2nd half was mu
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Lis Carey
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marie Curie was a scientist of tremendous accomplishments at a time when it was much harder than now for women to have careers in science at all. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the person, and one of only two to this point, to win two Nobels in different scientific fields. Her 1903 Nobel, with her husband Pierre, and Henri Becquerel, was in physics. Pierre Curie died in a road accident in 1906, and Marie Curie continued her research alone. In 1911, she won a second Nobel, in c ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Half-Life of Marie Curie
By: Lauren Gunderson
Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew, Francesca Faridany
This is such a great play! It's a story of two friends that are both scientists, widows, and mothers. It follows them throughout the years through rough times, trials, happy times, and on until the end. In such a short time, the story made me feel their bond and felt part of it. One was fighting for women's rights, then they both worried about the war, both helped in the war effects, and both died too so
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Barbara
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another outstanding audible original production! “The Half-Life of Marie Curie” by Lauren Gunderson, performed by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany provides a glimpse at the astounding lives of Madame Curie and Hertha Ayrton. Ms. Ayrton was a mathematician, suffragette, and inventor. Both women were key to social change. I was not aware of Madame Curie’s love life and how fellow male scientist demeaned her work because of her scandalous affair.

This gem is only a bit over one hour, but it’s pac
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Cathrine ☯️
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cathrine ☯️ by: Elyse Walters
5★
Way more than I was expecting and a fabulous production. More than a short story, more like listening to a short play. Bravo!
Chrissie
This is an Audible production of a play written by Lauren Gunderson. It has been performed by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany at the Minetta Lane Theatre. What is delivered here is vocal drama. All that is to be conveyed must be made evident vocally since we cannot with our eyes watch what is happening. Each performed their respective part convincingly The audio narration I have given three stars.

I personally prefer to see drama, to have it there in front of me on stage. Nevertheless, I have
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Tania
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. An audible original play about Marie Curie and Hertha Ayrton. Although the narration by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany were exceptionally well done, I wasn't hooked immediately. Not too worry though, by the end I was sobbing like a baby.

This is a play about two brilliant women and their achievements, but it is also about them being human and most of all this is a play about true female friendship. I loved that they could be supportive, rude, bossy, funny and lovi
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Jenny Baker
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this free as one of my monthly Audible Originals. Two women perform the reenactment and they do a great job. It's short, but enjoyable. ...more
Cheri
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I added this one a short time ago, after reading Elyse’s review, which was enthusiastic, and then Angela’s, which made me even more sure it would work for me. Still, I was surprised by how quickly I was pulled into this play, which I loved from the start. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany added so much to this story, for me. I knew I recognized Kate Mulgrew’s voice right away, but couldn’t place the ‘who’ part of it, with the accent it sounded a bit like Dame Maggie Smith of Downto
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'Nathan Burgoine
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Wow. That was fantastic. I know Audible is basically a branch of Evil-Inc., but those two incredible women performing as those two incredible women... Anyway. Wow. (Coherent thoughts another day, when I'm not trying to warm up after a long walk with the husky). ...more
Alan Teder
Reposting after the deletion of 12 Audible Originals Dec. 17-18, 2019.
Goodreads purged about 12 (that I could identify) Audible Original audiobooks at the end of the year 2019 as they apparently did not meet guidelines. Those audiobooks that have been converted from podcasts are apparently the main issue. Others that are short novellas, memoirs or audio productions of theatrical plays do not seem justified, but appeals may have no success. This current edition of The Half-Life of Marie Curie is
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Ciprian Dobre-Trifan
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
The narration was absolutely amazing, but the story was way too childish for my taste.
LaGaryce
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, 2020, audio
Fabulous! Just listen to it!

Here is a link to my friend Angela's marvelous review:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....
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Debalina
I have never enjoyed audiobooks much. Maybe because I was trying to fall asleep and they demanded attention. But on a solitary night walk on a somewhat pleasant and very clear London night, I discovered the joy and that too through a story of two women scientists, one whose work I had studied in detail and one whose name I had just learnt.

I was hooked from the moment the piano sounds started, the first 6-7 scenes were especially good. The final scenes till 13 were a bit dramatic and I felt watc
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DeAnna
I picked this up solely because I adore Kate Mulgrew, so I wasn't disappointed at all on that front because she is such an emotional performer that I figured she could stir a rock to feel empathetic toward her character. I was unfamiliar with Francesca Faridany's work prior to this Audible Original, but I feel she held her own playing opposite Mulgrew.

This is production is called "The Half-Life of Marie Curie," but it seems to be it was as much about Hertha Aryton as Curie, and focuses more on w
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
I didn't care for the story. It's short, the actors were good but it was dull, and I don't get this stupid trend of people saying "they don't believe in God" quite so proudly... that's nothing to be proud of, especially as a scientist. Galileo himself wrote, "Science did not undermine the existence of God, but rather reinforced it." He wrote once that when he looked through his telescope at the spinning plants, he could hear God's voice in the music of the spheres. He held that science and relig ...more
Nancy Holte
For me a two-star review means it’s not the worst book I’ve ever read but it didn’t thrill me. Again, just might not be for me right now.

The main problem I had with this story was the language. It's only 1 hour and 19 minutes long and in that brief time I heard so much profanity that I almost turned it off. The thing that kept me going though was the depiction of the friendship between Marie Curie and Hertha Ayrton. Hertha was there for Marie when her life started to unravel. She encouraged Mari
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Lienkie Vogel
Another brilliant audible production. They were remarkable woman!
Rob
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a decent play. I'm not sure if the feminist viewpoints expressed were so heavy handed because the characters who held them were extremely outspoken or if it's because the playwright was trying to get a point across. Regardless, it's the story of Marie Curie and Hertha Ayerton and their friendship as Marie's life begins to unravel in the public eye. They are good friends and the play brings this out clearly, but the story never goes very deep. There are some melodramatic moments, includi ...more
LindaJ^
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, play
This was one of the free Audible Originals I chose in December 2019. I admire Marie Curie - quite a feat for a woman to be awarded two Nobel prizes in two different hard sciences. This play provides a peak into her personal life. It tells about her friendship with Hertha Ayrton, another female scientist about whom I knew nothing but definitely sounds like I should. I enjoyed the play and thought the women playing Curie and Ayrton did a good job. I would now like to see the play.
Amy
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
It was interesting to listen to, but I didn't really understand why the book/play had to be framed as part of the scandal of Marie Curie with a married man. I mean they did talk about the things that she and Hertha Ayrton did - and contributed and invented, but why isn't that enough to get people interested in the story - why does it have to be about the scandal (which in all honesty I didn't know anything about. ) but overall it was enjoyable to listen to and I learned a bit of new things. ...more
Joshua Rigsby
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good. I learned a lot.
Victor Negut
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not my usual cup of tea, but I do like plays and I appreciate that there are no grossly non-scientific elements (no pun intended) to this story.

It is well done
Paola Quiros
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She is Marie Curie... every story about her is amazing, loads of insights even in this short production.
Suncerae
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The Good: Inspiring story of friendship between scientists Curie and Ayrton
The Bad: Focuses on their personal lives more than their professional accomplishments
The Literary: Superb audio performances, with foley and stage sounds

During the time she received her second Nobel Prize, Marie Curie escaped France to the south of England after her affair with Paul Langevin threatened her entire career. (She was widowed; Langevin was separated from his wife at the time). Curie’s close friend Hertha Ayrto
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Samuel
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The goings on in the minds of women are a mystery to us men. This is a woman's story, written by a woman, performed by women about women and the things women struggle with. Please don't misunderstand, I do not mean it is for women, only that is gives insight into those strange creatures we men share our lives with and find completely baffling.

The story (fictionalized but based on true events I gather) takes places as two major events happen in the life of Marie Curie, first, it is exposed that s
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