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.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
If you are looking for a great treatment on the life and character of Albert Einstein look no further. I'm not so convinced, however, that one gleans much on the nature of Relativity from the book. The book considers a personal and professional chronology of his life in way that is interesting and stimulating. The narration is quite outstanding. Making a book like this an easy listen I do not think is an easy thing. The only book I might equate with this ease of listen and profundity of such a subject would be Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku narrated by Marc Vietor.
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.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I listened to it and did not read it, I am quite sure that the excellent narration added to the great experience that this book turned out to be.
Without a doubt, the subject of the biography, who was quite a special being although quite human and imperfect. We get to make the acquientance of some of the other luminaries of the world of science and politics through the book. We also meet the women in his life whom he did not always treat as well as he could have. I was very surprised to learn that regardless of his eccentricities, Einstein was quite a magnet to the opposite sex.
There are many memorable scenes in Einstein's remarkable life. This was a book of "great thoughts" rather than scenes. Einstein's way of seeing the world and how it was central to his contributions to humanity was what interested me most going into this book and the biographer did an excellent job in describing something so elusive.
Be prepared for passages on relativity and quantum physics that are perhaps a bit more detailed than some would prefer. One must say that the author did a superlative job at explaining both, at least at a level that would help the reader appreciate the complexity of both principles and how they remain revolutionary today.
It is fascinating to learn how this person has revolutionized the world of physics and how his discoveries affect our lives. Excellent 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!
A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
I read many biographies and this book brings out Einstein's character and personality as well as any book managed with its title subject. There is that first moment in any book where I wait to see who is to read it. Marvelous, Edward Herrmann, deep rich voice, perfect pace, appropriate emphasis and clear delivery free of accent. Water Isaacson, biographer of Steve Jobs (which I did not know when I ordered this book) has a grasp of Einstein's life details combined with an ability to put across tough scientific concepts and place them in context. Oh yes, it gets complicated...how could it not? But he never lost my interest even when it was beyond my comprehension. Isaacson kept such necessary writings to a suitable length.
Einstein came across as fallible, human, kind, tough, estranged, close, humorous, thoughtful, pacifist ,but then a considered opponent of Germany and justified war against Hitler. The juxtaposition of stories of his reclusiveness at times, merged with his open armed acceptance of some who stumbled across him. Einstein's humility; his respect for others in his profession; his ability to apply his intelligence outside of quantum physics. All come across, either in cameo writings of individual happenings or general description.
His eccentricity, sailing alone on the lake for hours on end, presumably thinking about his mathematical proofs or endless equations. How sad it was that Hitler's bully boys ransacked his home outside Potsdam and destroyed his yacht of solace.
At the end of it all, what a thoroughly fine, kind, charming gentleman.
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.
A great listen, I have already recommended this book to several people. In fact, I was so moved that I need to read the book as well.
We have heard stories about Einstein, unfortunately these stories are tales and legends or simple not true.
Einstein is a deep man, some one I would have like to have known. There is so much I did not know about him, such as his defense of Civil Rights in the USA. To his way with women.
As well, I chose this book because of my love of physics and it did not disappoint.
Get it, you will love it, the only disappointment will be when it comes to an end, 21 hours never went by so quickly!