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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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    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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    Jimmy Henderson 05-14-15 Member Since 2012
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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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    "Brilliant"

    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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    Kimberly T Petty 05-05-15
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    "Entertaining, educational, and engrossing."

    I am no Einstein but this in depth exploration makes me feel as though I know him, and I can identify with the way his mind and heart worked. It helped me understand the history of the science, religion, politics, and philosophy of the professor's time. I've often denounced the propensity in the 21st century to give grades outside the given parameters but in this case it deserves 6 stars out of 5 despite the fact that the Dr. himself would likely have ridiculed the absurdity of it.

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    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 05-03-15
    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 05-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, but it's just too boring"

    i was excited to listen to this book because Einstein was such a genius. I tried very hard to listen to it all but just couldn't. the level of detail about mundane parts of his life was just too much.

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    Victor Apple Valley, CA, United States 04-30-15
    Victor Apple Valley, CA, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent reading and story"

    Well written, a bit over my head in places but I expected as much. The truth is the learns more about Einstein then his math and that's what you will enjoy most. Great history and inside the mind of the man. A history lesson of the world and some great minds who were part of it at the time. Highly recommend

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    Christopher 04-18-15
    Christopher 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, well narrated"

    I found this to be an excellent biography. Before listening to this book all I really knew about Einstein was e=mc2 and frizzy hair. I'm not a scientist so I found the discussions of the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics pretty heavy going, but interesting nonetheless. It was the picture of Einstein the man that I found fascinating. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about this noble, gentle and brilliant man who was one of the most important persons in the history of the world.

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    Kathleen Bloomington, MN, United States 04-15-15
    Kathleen Bloomington, MN, United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant, very well written book on Einstein"

    This was a very well written, engaging book that captured and retained my interest in the life story of Dr. Einstein. It was not your normal biography that just centers on personal details of a character, the author brilliantly paints a vivid picture of historical and political events occurring, as well as advancements in the field of science.

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    Leonardo Rodríguez 04-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely a life worth to share"

    I enjoyed very much learning more about one of the greatest minds in human history.

    I recommend it specially if you're interested in history, philosophy, physics or just knowing about a life lived with so much passion.

    The structure of the book is also very good, the chapters go into detail of his work, his thinking and relevant historical facts.

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    Marysue Page 04-13-15
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    "I loved it!"

    The science kept me thinking and hoping to understand. The life of one of the world's most brilliant minds was a captivating human interest story.

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