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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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    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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    Norm Norris 02-15-15
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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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    Connie 02-09-15
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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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    Nicholas Sandoval 02-06-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    CC 02-06-15
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    "Who knew???"

    I can't believe I've gone my whole life with out knowing more about Einstein. I think this is a must have book for anyone who is intrigued by simplistic genius and true creativity.

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    Christopher Winston-Salem, NC, USA 02-04-15
    Christopher Winston-Salem, NC, USA 02-04-15
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    "Wonderful insight into the life of prof Einstein"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With the difficulties I have reading, I find the Audio Books VERY Helpful
    Yes I would and do recommend this book to one and all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have a growing and stirring , slow learning of Prof Einstein`s work. as I do not take in all in formation at any one time, It takes me MANY times to listen in depth, and learn more each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Life is full of comments, My comment is just a punctuation mark to the collective knowledge .

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    BK 02-04-15
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    "Loved it great audiobook"

    Put my Beats wireless Headphones on and entered another dimension. :) make sure you have your charger with you it's hard to stop listening.

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    M. Acker Madison, WI 02-03-15
    M. Acker Madison, WI 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great look at who Einstein was and how he thought"
    What made the experience of listening to Einstein the most enjoyable?

    Learning about who Einstein was and how he grew up. It was great to learn that he was a slow developer as a very young child and some people think that allowed him to develop a different way of looking at things and visualizing things. Also all the myths about Einstein are well covered and dispelled in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    For me there was too much coverage on Einstein's letters to people. I know these are historical artifacts and people love hearing them but I could have done without them.

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    Michael Sheaffer Renton, WA 01-28-15
    Michael Sheaffer Renton, WA 01-28-15

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    "Best Biography on Einstein"
    If you could sum up Einstein in three words, what would they be?

    A real man


    What other book might you compare Einstein to and why?

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

    Not really sure


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Bringing Einstein down from his pedestal-gently-and helping us see him as a human

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    mylois 01-25-15
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    "very interesting"

    this is heady stuff! it stays or light but gets technical in places. I must say I had no idea how interesting of a man he was!

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