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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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    Andrea Edmonton 10-16-15
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    "Good overview with lots of details"

    I zoned out through some of the science talk, but believe I understood a lot of it. There was enough life drama mixed with the science to keep me interested to the end. The narrator has a great voice and Einstein had an interesting life.

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    "Focus on science not as much on social science"

    It when into a lot of detail in regards to his theories which can be overwhelming. I liked the parts regarding his personal history, but I was expecting more " social" history like when he met w the Indian poet and that pivotal meeting and his interactions w the movers and shakers of his era

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    Nazariy B. Telyuk 10-13-15

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    "One of the best books I've ever listened!"

    This one definitely surprised me with the interesting storyline, great narration and just a genius of Einstein. I have learned so much about Einstein and his works and his personality and life! I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who is curious and likes something interesting to listen to. Thanks!

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    Lindsey C 09-07-15
    Lindsey C 09-07-15

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    "Excellent!"

    This book will have your mind tingling with curious information on Einstein. The fluidity of the writing is exemplified by the narrator. 5 stars all the way!

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    pinka 09-02-15
    pinka 09-02-15
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    "Great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it gives insight about the life of an amazing person.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The effort spent on compiling the story from various letters and other sources.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Debate between Einstein and Neils Bohr,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is a long book. I would recommend spreading it out for several weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Einstein Einstein Einstein- Niels Bohr.

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    Tim Chisholm 08-28-15
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    "Excellent Listen Overall"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked learning about Einstein and how he lived, especially his childhood and his years in America.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, however, around 2/3rds of the way through it became rather dull when it was explaining more about how Einstein was bent on disproving quantum mechanics. That was a small section though and I believe it helped show Einstein's political side after his miracle year.

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    victorylap 08-21-15
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    "In depth biography on Einstein and the formation of relativity"

    I liked how Walter showed the humanity of Albert, in both his genius and his life. Got a full run down on the history of his life and an In depth look at the general theory of relativity.

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    Ankur Shrivastav 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great biography"

    Balances Einstein's life story and his science very well. The reader does need to have a basic understanding of physics to appreciate the sheer genius of Einstein described in this account.

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    BKK Marietta, GA USA 08-20-15
    BKK Marietta, GA USA 08-20-15 Member Since 2012

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    What made the experience of listening to Einstein the most enjoyable?

    This book is meticulously researched and sourced, yet written in a witty and entertaining way. Edward Hermann has done a great job narrating this book. There is more to Einstein than just science, and Walter Isaacson made it very interesting. I was researching and learning more about the science topics thats mentioned in the book and it made this book amazing.
    For those of you thinking it might be more about science, it is not. Author has done a great job explaining complex science topics and can be easily understood by those who may not have science background.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are multiple things that made this story amazing. But one thing that stands out is that this beautiful minded person had a troubled personal life and shows that he is still a human like us.


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

    Great narration. He is the best for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    KT 08-18-15
    KT 08-18-15
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    "Brilliant"

    Great narration and story. Really enjoyed this long but captivating book. Some say it's technical... It's not.

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