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Einstein Audiobook
Einstein
Written by: 
Walter Isaacson
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
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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    Jonathan Oliver 07-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Einstein?

    For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God's existence. For Einstein, it was the absence of miracles that reflected divine providence. "The fact that the cosmos is comprehensible, that it follows laws, is worthy of awe. This is the defining quality of a God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists." -Albert Einstein

    Einstein's genius was in his perpetual curiosity, his wonder, awe, and reverence for all of God's creations. He seldom let disappointments and setbacks set him back, discourage him from going forward...he never gave up. That, I believe was where Einstein not just exploded past, but more importantly, outlasted and out-endured his contemporaries. Minds like Bohr, de Broglie, Curie, Planck, Schrödinger, Tesla, et al. were geniuses many times over, and revered and learned about in modern Chemistry, Biology, Physics, etc. I would be amiss if I didn't add his humble, respectful nature, quick wit, and enduring sense of humor to what helped elevate him to immortal status, and how and why you know the name of Einstein, and not those of so many other great thinkers even if you've never taken an advanced course in any of the above-mentioned subjects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This biography was more like a heady marathon than a mindless stroll along the beach. It was to be endured, to be experienced. There were many beautiful moments, times when I felt excitedly curious, enlightened, and engaged in thought. There were also moments...more like long stretches, where my intellectual "legs" felt overwhelmed, exhausted, and incapable. Although those times were grueling, they stretched and deepened...strengthened me as a person, both mentally and spiritually.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    May he rest in piece. Edward Herrmann was an incredible talent who added much to Bill O'Reilly's great books, and many, many others when he read them, this book includeed.


    Any additional comments?

    What an great experience, what a great man, what a great book!

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    Sarah 07-23-15
    Sarah 07-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book! Even for the non scientific mind."

    Really enjoyed. So many interesting facts about Einstein the man as well as his theories.

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    brad horner 07-16-15
    brad horner 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Phenomenal Listen"

    I couldn't wait to find a reason to drive or plug in my headphones in order to listen to this. Complicated scientific theories are explained, to a degree, in a very comprehensible manner.

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    Pontus 07-16-15
    Pontus 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long and detailed"

    Well researched, written and read. Sometimes a bit too detailed perhaps on his relatives and networks and their respective lives and long quotes from letters back and forth. Lot's of wisdoms and thoughts on human nature and the nature of things in general though, not just theories on relativity. After this book you'll never have to read another book on the life of Albert, or his theories.
    You might find it entertaining to read "Driving Mr. Albert" directly after this one, and hear the absurd story of what happened to his brain after he died.

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    Ward 07-09-15
    Ward 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pleasingly fascinating"

    Fascinating! Well researched
    I learned and enjoyed every minute. The personal side of Einstein was well developed

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    H. Brat 06-30-15
    H. Brat 06-30-15

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    "Einstein the man"

    Great book. It was very interesting and really gave the reader a feel for Einstein the man. His kindness, humility and even his faults. While I didn't understand all the science in this book, it did help me to understand more than I had before. Very enjoyable!

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    LiveMind Vancouver, BC Canada 06-26-15
    LiveMind Vancouver, BC Canada 06-26-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Besr science history book"
    Where does Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very top


    What other book might you compare Einstein to and why?

    The book combines the personal biography with a clear exposition of his scientific contributions. It stands in sharp contrast with Galileo biography by James Reston, Jr., in which the science is almost a side line.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The explanation of relativity theory in a non-mathematical manner, and Einstein contribution to underanding the reality of atoms and molecules.


    Any additional comments?

    A model of what scientific biography should be

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    KT All Over the US 06-14-15
    KT All Over the US 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brings the Past To Life"

    Often when we read, see or hear about life in the early 1900's, it's easy to think of people of that time as somehow "different" to us modern folk. Something separate from ourselves, relics of the past.

    That's why this book is so darn refreshing. Einstein is portrayed as a human being just like us, living a life just like we are (OK with some glaring exceptions!). Einstein lived then, but from the way it's told, he could have just as easily been living now. As I listened, the past became real, just as real as my present.

    OK, so most of the physics stuff went over my head - I suppose I'm just dumb that way. But the beautifully written letters, the anecdotes and the events had me hooked. I vaguely recall even shedding a tear when Einstein drew his last breath.

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    James D. Pope 06-09-15
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    "Einstein Squared"

    Thorough account of an intriguing man. insight into his personal life is the more interesting part.

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    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 06-05-15
    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 06-05-15
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    "Nicely done Biography of a Great Icon"
    What made the experience of listening to Einstein the most enjoyable?

    Learning details about Einstein that make you realize he was a real human being like the rest of us. Also the advanced Physics descriptions were written in a understandable manner that I could follow pretty well, which was surprising.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It could have been shorter. It was not the most thrilling book I have ever read.


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