This is the most scatterbrained book that I have ever listened too. It might have been a better read, but it was very difficult listen. The worst part is that it seems like it could have been excellent if someone had had the guts to edit it. It also didn't seem as if the narrator got all of the jokes that he was reading. He had an annoying way of plowing through all of the punchlines.
I enjoyed all the anecdotes told by this towering scientific figure of the 20th century. I didn't learn very much about life from him, but having been at MIT for four years myself I could identify with his nerdy life-journey.
I found it very difficult to make it all the way through this listening experience, and I promised myself that if I did I would submit my first review of an audiobook! This is, without question, the most disjointed, aggravating, and egomaniacal audio book of the twenty or so I have heard. I usually find the reviews to be consistent with my assessments, but in the case of Feynman's lengthy self-serving stream of consciousness this is not the case. No doubt a brilliant man, he seems intent on letting us know how he is the smartest guy in the room in every situation he has ever encountered in his full life. The narrator doesn't help matters with his 'smart aleck' delivery that is as irritating as the content he's reading. The first audio book I regret purchasing.
This book is a collection of little stories about Feynman's life, not really an autobiography. Most of the stories were great, but a couple were bordering on boring. All-in-all it seems that he's had a pretty interesting life although it sounds like he's way too obsessed with women.
I enjoyed reading Mr. Feynman's life stories. Some of them hard to believe, others hilarious (like his interview for the draft) but always entertaining. I'm sure he'd agree with me we need to take his stories with a grain of salt, like any scientific mind would with a hardcore joker like him. Underlying all is a big ego trip of a great man with a wonderful mind and a great love for life.
Feynman is hilarious, interesting, honest, and straightforward. He talks interestingly about his craft, but the more interesting parts are him leading his daily life. His reaction to winning the Nobel Physics Prize is priceless, and he talks about himself in an interesting and constantly honest way. He is rarely boastful. I love this book! It is worth all the time spent on it!
I'm about as unscientific as one can be, but I admire Feynman's enthusiasm and frank telling of his escapades. Whiie I might not read this book, listening to it was wonderful due to the narrator, who speaks as if one would expect Feynman to speak: fast and on the edge, always intellectually excited and inquistive.
This is one of by favorite books. I've read it twice, and it is a fascinating tale of a brilliant, interesting physicist who enjoyed life. You will enjoy his adventures and idiosyncrasies.
Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate, is far smarter, more clever and insightful, than any of us. This book, an autobiography of sorts,does an amazing job portraying exactly what it is to be both a scientist and a human. Blatant egotism occasionally seeps into the story, but this mainly serves to add character to Feynman's already impressive personality.
While he occasionally delves into the technical details of his field, he primarily talks about what happens when you train a scientific eye on the world of human relations. This is why every scientist should read this book. We can't spend all our time in the lab, occasionally we have to go home, or even deal with other humans. Feynman shows us how to do it with style and grace.
The narration is well done, engaging and not annoying.
He led an enviable life. He's struck with a curious mind, wit, and a sense for adventure and mischief. His anecdotes are priceless. Everyone should read this book.