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!
I always liked Albert. Since I was a young boy, I always considered him to be the greatest man that ever lived. I did know many things about his live, but in this book I found a few more. It provided a different vision of the man, finding out things about his personality provides a different incite about the full picture of his life. This is a good book, make sure you like him enough, it is a long reading, but the time passes quickly. It's all relative i guess.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Thorough and just the right mix of the personal and the scientific.
I have absolutely no issue with the details and length of Isaacson's book, but I agree with a few of the other reviewers that it became a slog at times to listen to this. Having not heard the abridged version, I can only say that the Einstein story is worth listening to, but if you have time issues don't go with the unabridged or you will probably not finish it. Perhaps in this case better to hear the story to completion by using the abridged version.
Plenty of insight into Einstein's scientific breakthroughs, his personal successes and failings, his political and social thinking, and what drove him to keep working on an ultimately unsuccessful grand unified theory for over 2 decades. You wouldn't want to have been married to him, but the book does make me wish I could have known him!
inspiring,moving and surprising book . Einstein
not only the scientist but the "rebel" ,principled and visionary, giant of a man.
I very much enjoyed the book and narration. The layout and progression of Einsteins life was logical with very few deviations that forced me to recall a previous portion of the book. Like all my audio books I listened to it twice.