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Einstein Audiobook

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.
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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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    David 03-04-15
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    Walter Isaacson delivers a thorough picture of his subjects and Albert Einstein is no exception. I recommend all his biographies without hesitation.

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    C. Schaefer USA 03-01-15
    C. Schaefer USA 03-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    Loved Einsten's biography. What a brilliant gentle man! What a life!
    My problem with it was that I'm not a physics or mathematics person, and that part was too too much for me. I would drift off for ten minutes and realize I hadn't been listening. For maybe the first time ever..... I might have enjoyed listening to an abridged version.

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    "What an amazing & beautiful life!"

    Everything was awesome!!

    As an intellectual you're suppose to stand-up in this time or situations....Albert Einstein.

    One of the best biography I had listened to in years.

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    Daniel 02-27-15
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    "Inspiring, revealing."

    Einstein life is inspiring, humbling. What an amazing mind! Although he did not practice any particular established religion, he was a deeply religious person. Probably it was his deeply religious convictions, together with his incredible passion for knowledge, what led him to his great discoveries.

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    Stu Los Altos, CA, United States 02-22-15
    Stu Los Altos, CA, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Isaacson and Herrmann deliver again -- GREAT!"

    I got this book because I thought Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs was outstanding and because I have loved every book I've experienced narrated by Edward Herrmann. The team delivered.

    You will learn a ton by way of this book... about principles of physics, historical movements and the quirks of Einstein's personality.

    Some people found it a bit long but I thought it was so well written and organised that the hours flew by. Really loved it. Strongly recommended.

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    Dana 02-16-15
    Dana 02-16-15

    Photographer and High School Art Teacher. I crave the enchantment of a good book. It's like sipping on a fine glass of wine, only lasts much longer.

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    "Unique"

    You think you know all there is to know about a historical figure, having studied them through school. This book gave me a different view of Einstein, the eccentric scientists, but also a man, husband, father, and advocate for humanity. He was a unique human with amazing insight.

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    yousef 02-15-15
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    "Amazing book."

    Anyone who's a fan of Einstein needs the books, a long read nevertheless but worth the while, a lot of facts and mesmerizing stories.

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    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    Isaacson is truly the master of the biography and there is no more interesting subject than Einstein. Hermann's presentation is breathtaking eloquent.

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    "Great read"

    Very insightful about the man and his astounding work, yet interesting and entertaining. Highly recommend to anyone of any age.

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    "Monumental!"

    Mr. Isaacson's book reveals the personal man and also delves into the science, very compelling. ...bravo! Mr. Hermans narration exqusite.

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