Einstein is a fascinating man scientifically, politically, and personally. Isaacson does a good job of telling the story in a way that balances these three aspects of the famous man. Hermann's narration is masterful.
I found Einstein's life story fascinating, but I vastly underestimated how long it would take to get through the full 21 hours. There was so much detail at times that it became a chore to listen to. I'd recommend the book, but do yourself a favor and get the abridged version instead.
BA English MA Political Science Political Independent Intellectually curious Critical reader
I thought this was an interesting book. I didn't find the scientific explanations eye-poppingly clear or any different than the previous fifty thousand times I have heard them explained, but the writing was very effective. I didn't know that Einstein was a Player though. That surprised me...that a man of such intelligence and stature couldn't control the primative urge to propogate was eye popping. I recomend this book to people who are interested in great people...it really humanizes motal gods.
It is fascinating to learn how this person has revolutionized the world of physics and how his discoveries affect our lives. Excellent read.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A beautiful read into the life and intellectual struggles of Einstein as he dealt with personal issues and world events. Isaacson truly does a brilliant job of pulling no punches and pulling the reader into the struggles Einstein went through as a Jewish intellectual in Nazi Germany and then the patriotic vigor of pushing the US to invest the time and energy to build the bomb to beat the German's to it and then the moral struggling he dealt with living with the realization that helped in the slaughter of millions of people. One of the best biographies I have ever read.
The performance by Edward Herrmann is so perfect.
He is such an important person, and his story is so inspiring.
I have no interest in physics or higher math. This is story of a great scientist and humanitarian.
The letters and piecing his life together is fascinating!
Letting the rest of the world go by
I was reluctant to listen to this book because I don't like biographies. I'm glad I broke my rule. The author explains the physics of Einstein (from quantum theory to general relativity) better than almost any other popular physics book. It's really the definitive biography of Einstein because the author had access to letters which none of the other biographers have had till now. The book can be read by those who love a good biography of an interesting person and for those who what to learn about the physics. After having read this book, I can fully understand why Steve Jobs picked the author to write his biography.
Great book that makes you understand why Einstein was as icon. It was three books in one. It was a biography, overview of his physics theories (in layman???s language) and impacts of being Jewish in Germany during world war one & two. What really surprised me was that he struggled to get a professorship as well as his impact on the world stage away from physics. He was a remarkable person for his accomplishments in physics and beyond and this book brought his story and the times in which he lived to life.
Walter Isaacson paints a complete, partial, realistic, beautiful picture of this most amazing mans life.