We listen to books as a family. The children enjoyed most of the book, but there were several brief passages that were, out of nowhere, lewd or profane. Feynman was a little creepy and full of himself, both of which detracted from the book's overall value. Feynman's story was broad and covered interesting and important topics. He shares our love for knowledge. The children related well with his mischieviousness. This book would rate four stars without the lewdness and profanity and five stars if he would have spent more time on physics and The Bomb.
With his self-deprecating humor and seemingly unrelated anecdotes, Mr. Feynman gives us a vivid insight into the mind of a scientist, a view of recent history that seems so far in the past, and an understanding of the scientific method and ethic that can guide us into the future.
I think one of the best moments in the book is when the MC and his wife teach Feynman how to catch a woman in a bar.
I really enjoyed then story around his teaching in Brazil and how blunt he was with the education system on his thoughts about its efficacy.
I am not sure how much preparation the narrator did in advance, but his reading was awesome. His ability to hit the mark vocally based on the tone of the story was great.
My only semi-complaint would be the way that the story does bounce around a bit, but I think that was just Feynman. Definitely a recommended read!
I would say that i highly prefer "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out", as that collection of Feynman stories was narrator by Sean Runnette, who has the Feynman Persona and sound down solid. Many of the stories in this book actually sounded cheesy, especially in the beginning but it was because of the narration. If i would stop and rethink of the story being told the way Feynman would, it settled a lot better with me.
There really is a good set of stories, but the narration makes them hard to bare.
I have the other book narrator by Raymond Todd, i almost wish i wouldn't have got it.
This is the only book I've listened to more than twice. amazing to hear this wide variety of stories. Feynman was such an interesting thinker. Highly recommended.
Feynman's story leaves you on the edge of belief. To think that so many amazing things could happen to one man show just how, with the right mindset, you can conquer any goal. Great narration and fabulous stories!
Well written, thoughtful and entertaining book about his life in science and just exploring his interests. I love how he explores how his interests ranged from physics to art to music to the Mayans and how he became interested in these various fields at various times without it seeming confusing. His safecracking stories are inspiring.
Narration was perfect for the subject.