The Half-Life of Marie Curie

The Half-Life of Marie Curie


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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.

Performed by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany, this play by Lauren Gunderson is an ode to two remarkable women who, despite tremendous personal and professional obstacles, continued to devote their lives to scientific innovation and social change.

Playwright Lauren Gunderson was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop The Half-Life of Marie Curie.

Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Sound design by Darron L West

Title:The Half-Life of Marie Curie
Edition Language:English
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    The Half-Life of Marie Curie Reviews

  • Angela M

    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, the...

  • Elyse  Walters

    ZERO SPOILERS...ZERO CONTENT.... SAFE TO READ ....I’m simply very JAZZED about this audio-performance. Audiobook....[audible original] playwright Lauren Gunderson.... narrated by Kate Mulgrew,...

  • SimitudeSims

    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 starsMari 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 th...

  • Lis Carey

    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 ...

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    The Half-Life of Marie CurieBy: Lauren GundersonNarrated by: Kate Mulgrew, Francesca FaridanyThis is such a great play! It's a story of two friends that are both scientists, widows, and mothers. It fo...

  • Barbara

    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 ...

  • Cathrine ??

    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. Al...

  • Tania

    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 imm...