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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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    Russell Jay Steed 05-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    very long but we'll worth the listen. this book is the most comprehensive history of Einstein's life that I have read. very well written and read.

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    E. J. Potchen East Lansing Mi 05-21-15
    E. J. Potchen East Lansing Mi 05-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing story about the most amazing human"

    I am a devotee of history, biography and science. This is the best biography I have read. Isaacson skillfully explains complex science so that it can be understood by most readers. I now believe that I can appreciate relatively theory and its implications. He reveals the strategy and implications of thought experiments, the distinction between empiricism and rationalism in science
    as well as the obligation to use intelligence in addressing social and political problems of all people.
    This wonderful book should be read by every thoughtful person.

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    pablo 05-18-15
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    "The Beauty of the Soul in Einstein's Simplicity"

    I am not a scientist and lack the scientific vocabulary. it was the heart of Einstein that I was able to grasp and revere . i listened to every word with a sense of awe .

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    Dean 05-18-15
    Dean 05-18-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "The man his mind and his life."

    very detailed chronology of the greatest mind we have known. this show the very human side of a man who deemed himself average and not special, yet altered our view of reality itself.

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    Was excited to hear the story and high expectations come from this author. Enjoy his work... This one just missed something. Ultimately, it told us about Einstein and his life.. Could have been. accomplished in half the space and time. Certain points and part dragged on excessively long.... Glad I read it. Wish it would have taken half the space.

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    Thomas 05-15-15
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    "Incredibly well written"

    Very organized and digestible I usually don't write reviews but this book surpassed my expectations. The narrator is also great

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    "Fantastic book"

    I had to take off a star because I would never read it again (and 5 stars are for books I'd reread). Not because of the author but because of the subject matter and I am not a science person. But kudos to Isaacson for writing a phenomenal biography about a complicated person in a way that a simple layman like myself could enjoy and understand. I would recommend it to everyone.

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    Jeffrey McNeal 05-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Well worth the time"

    Excellent writing and reading, highly recommended. Learned many unexpected facts regarding Einstein putting a human face to the exceptional man

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    "Very Interesting and Informative"

    Isaacson's writing is clear and very enjoyable. It's a long book, but this is a great book to listen to while driving. It is worth multiple listenings.

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    sfiso 05-07-15
    sfiso 05-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    I enjoyed this immensely! This is one to get for sure. I even ordered a hard copy for my personal library

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