It took me quite a while to be engaged by this book. I almost quit it a number of times but kept plodding thru it until it finally captured my interest. The problem is the first 1/3 of the book is primarily the text of letters written to and by Einstein. I did not find there to be much insight into Einstein's life or any deduction by the author as to why or why not Einstein made certain choices in his science or personal life. However, once the book reaches the "miracle year" and more science is involved I found the book much more interesting. I also enjoyed the last part of the book immensely when Einstein's science is not as prevelant but his celebrity and social ideals become a major part of his character.
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.
This book on the life of Einstein was without a doubt the most indepth, personal, whitty, piece of work I've ever heard! It shocked me on many respects how he lived his life, both good and bad. This book is one I'll definiately be listening to again. I found that this book was perfect to keep my mind stimulated while doing my boring job. Many times I found myself laughing out-loud and having people give me funny looks. Einstein was more comical than I could have eer imagined! I only wish more scientists shared his mentality in this day and age and didn't believe all this evolution mumbo jumbo.
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.
l'enfer c'est les autres
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.
This is the third book by Walter Isaacson that I have listened to. Like the the other two, it was highly informative, well-written, and insightful. The author does a great job of explaining complex scientific concepts without talking down to the reader. The narration was excellent.
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!
You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?
Isaacson is a master of biographies. I had read the Steve Jobs and me to read the motivei of Einstein and I was not disappointed. The book follows the natural order of Einstein's life from his childhood, the relationship with his father until his departure to the United States and his last years. The book uses a "relatively" simple language that can explain some topics to the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics. Impressed me the technique of thought experiments that Einstein used in research, its limitations with Mathematics (away from the myths of being a bad student of Mathematics) and its humanist and pacifist stance as consistent with his thoughts on the importance of freedom for scientific development. The book shows the limitations and uncertainties of Einstein the man and the father. I recommend it to all who enjoy a good biography and who are interested in science and physics.