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Einstein Audiobook

Einstein: His Life and Universe

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Isaacson is the modern master of the biography, so it was only natural that he turn his pen to Einstein. And more than any biography of the past, Isaacson's account unravels the life behind the brain and provides a full picture of the man who embodied the scientific spirit of the 20th century. Edward Herrmann is stirring and moves effortlessly from humorous anecdotes to scientific theories. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

It's all relative: listen to more about Albert Einstein.

©2007 Walter Isaacson. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2008

"[A] lucid account." (Publishers Weekly)
"Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait." (Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso)
"Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life." (Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein)

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    aristotlekevin 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I was in a trance for weeks.."

    All I could think about was Einstein's theories and life for weeks. Isaacson definitely knows how to brings a life together in a book with absolute harmony. I was fortunate to have discovered the beauty of relativity as LIGO confirmed gravitational waves.

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    ameneh 02-17-16
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    I injoyed listing to this book as I listened to the book twice. The outher is a good story teller.

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    jacob 02-09-16
    jacob 02-09-16
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    "In depth"

    Love how in depth this book went on Einstein's Life negative and positive depiction of the man.

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    Kenny 02-09-16
    Kenny 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Walter Isaacson is a master"

    It's a big book, 650 some odd pages, but the stories are so compelling, it is hard to be mad about the length. This is Einstein, the good the bad and the ugly.

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    LB8013 02-01-16
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    "Einstein is fascinating"

    I Love Albert Einstein and so of course was very pleased with this biography. It was very detailed.

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    Robert J. 01-30-16
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    "A long, yet fascinating journey"

    Wonderful retelling of an incredible man's life. The audio quality was great. The writing great as well!

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    Tristan 01-18-16
    Tristan 01-18-16 Member Since 2016

    Urban planner. Environmentalist. Geek.

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    "I was glued to my earbuds"

    A few years ago, I missed Halloween because I was so addicted to Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. His earlier handling of Einstein's life is equally engaging.

    He does a great job balancing both Einstein's life and science. While it's certainly not a science book, you'll learn a lot about how specifically Einstein came to his ideas, which, as it happens, leads to one of the best explanations of special relativity I have read in any book.

    The last 3rd is less engaging but that's not Isaacson's fault: unlike Jobs, Einstein wasn't doing new, crazy things right up until his death. His role, however, in social and political debates of his time are certainly fascinating.

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    mouneer 12-26-15
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    "Isaccson's style is deep and coherent"

    Isaccson's style is deep and coherent.
    One feels the efforts done to produce such an extensive account of a great thinker and physicist Einstein

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    harley nicholas hill 12-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "So much more than a biography."
    Any additional comments?

    Who knew that besides being the smartest guy ever Einstein was also a straight up spiritual gansta first class. Love Einstein.

    Besides my brain glossing over during the maths I feel like this is a incredible, biography, a history of the birth of the nuclear age, and of course a glimpse of Einsteins theory of relatively.

    Bangin.

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    Matthew R. 12-15-15
    Matthew R. 12-15-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Perfect Trinity."

    In my opinion Walter Isaacson is one of the best biographers, Edward Herrmann is definitely my favorite narrator, and Albert Einstein is one of my favorite human beings. I couldn't ask for much more. I have listened to both the abridged and unabridged versions and would recommend both. The abridged version is nice if you have already read or listened to the full version and just want to go back and get the highlights. When I was younger I always imagined Einstein as having more of an impersonal, awkward-genius type personality. But after reading this biography I view him as one of the most well rounded, personable individuals out there. If I could go back in time and meet anyone Einstein would be the first man I would visit.

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