Marie Curie
Kathleen Krull

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Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert

Duration: 2 hours and 27 minutes

What to expect

Krull presents another top-notch scientific biography in the outstanding Giants of Science series.

Readers have come to expect chatty, direct narratives that develop distinct characters and place those individuals squarely in the context of both their times and their disciplines, and this account of the noted physicist’s life delivers the goods. From her childhood in an oppressed Poland, the daughter of two highly educated individuals, Curie emerges as a driven woman, determined to excel for both her parents’ and her country’s sake—this drive informing everything that followed.

As in previous series entries, this offering manages to take a wildly complex subject—atomic physics—and render it comprehensible to the child listener, emphasizing the legacy Curie left behind. Curie’s personal life—her unusual (for the times) partnership with her husband, her frustration with the limitations imposed on her because of her sex, her difficulty balancing work and family—receives admiring, but frank consideration.

Listeners will emerge from this account with a new appreciation for both the scientific and social advances made by Curie, whose towering achievements justly earn her a place among the “Giants.”


Children’s / Teenage general interest: Biography and autobiography, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Science and technology

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Another standout in a uniformly stellar series.”

Kirkus Reviews on Giants of Science: Albert Einstein

“Outstanding. A multi-faceted portrait of a genius.”

School Library Journal on Giants of Science: Isaac Newton

“With an inviting, conversational narrative, this series launches with an impressive start.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Leonardo da Vinci

“The second title in Krull’s Giants of Science series meets, and perhaps even exceeds, expectations set by the debut, Leonardo da Vinci. Krull and Newton are a match made in heaven.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) on Isaac Newton

“Krull presents another top-notch scientific biography in the outstanding Giants of Science series.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Marie Curie

“Krull lives up to the promise of the first two entries in her Giants of Science series with this lucid and thoughtful examination of Freud’s life, work, and legacy.”