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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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    Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD Metairie, Louisiana United States 04-01-15
    Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD Metairie, Louisiana United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More than just brains"

    Einstein was more than just super smart. This biography illuminates many other inspirational traits as well as others not so inspirational.

    While some of the references to his scientific pursuits are tedious, it is more tha worthwhile to persevere.

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic book"

    Edward Hermann is an excellent narrator. Einstein was a complex man and the science is fun to think about and well explained.

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    iAmThatGuy 03-27-15
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    "Jumps around. Hard to follow."

    It jumps all over in time and is very hard to follow because of this. It could have been better written.

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    L.D. 03-25-15
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    "Intriguing"

    Well written and performed. Could not understand his theories, because of my lack of physics, but his theories are presented with Einstein's illustrations.

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    Robert 03-22-15
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    "Wonderful"

    What a comprehensive and beautifully written and spoke book. Walter Isaacson and Edward Hermann are a great team! I now have a rich understanding of Einstein the man.

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    T. Wannier Los Angeles, CA USA 03-19-15
    T. Wannier Los Angeles, CA USA 03-19-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Decent story"

    Repetitive and slightly long, the book was otherwise a well-told story. Einstein is a pretty interesting man, but I didn't find the second half of his life to be as compelling as the first half.

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    Guilherme 03-18-15
    Guilherme 03-18-15 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Relativity is just the beginning"

    Very detailed book spanning the whole of Einstein's life. And surprisingly his post life is also briefly covered. Apparently his brain liked to trip through the USA.

    The period after he discovered relativity is probably more interesting as before his great discoveries.

    It goes beyond merely relating what happened to Einstein. The author explain many of the relationships between Einstein and others and the political situation of the time.

    I was surprised by how much wrong information I had on Einstein. Even if you put all the documentaries about his life toguether you don't get close to the depth of details within this book.

    I highly recommend this book because it is about the life of one of the greatest scientists humankind has and probably will see and second because of the effort the author has put into recreating Einstein's life year by year.

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    Pierre 03-18-15
    Pierre 03-18-15
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    "Brilliant in every respect"

    What an amazing story. Humbling in every way. Brilliantly performed and read. One of those life changing books. Thank you.

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    "What marvelous writing!"

    A great insight into the man, his life, physics, science, society, culture, politics and religion! A complete summation of a journey so beautifully crafted and presented that the end left a lingering moment of reminiscence.

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    Hubert Kirchgaessner Hebron, Kentucky 03-18-15
    Hubert Kirchgaessner Hebron, Kentucky 03-18-15

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    "just superb!"

    whenever you're committing 20 hours of your life to something, it'd better be worth it. this book by Isaacson, without any doubt, is absolutely worth it. an in-depth exploration of the man of the 20th century one of the greatest human minds ever. a gripping personal story set against the background of a continent committed to self destruction. a scientific revolution like no other in human history - started by a lowly Swiss patent clerk too unaccomplished to even warrant a PhD. a depth of humanity, spirituality, and even humility that is breathtaking.
    if this story was of a fictional character, it would be completely unbelievable. yet it is of the real life Albert Einstein, and that's what makes it so remarkable.
    the narration is the best I've ever heard. a true enjoyment to listen to.

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