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Einstein: His Life and Universe | [Walter Isaacson]

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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    "Very entertaining story about a great man"
    Where does Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy the spy type story. So for me to enjoy this speak volumes. It was nice to hear about his struggles and successes...


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    SHAWN PINSON, AL, United States 07-11-12
    SHAWN PINSON, AL, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen about an amazing life..."

    I'm not really a huge biography reader/listener, but I've always been interested in Einstein's life...

    When I saw that Walter Isaacson wrote a biography on him, (my first biography by him was Steve Jobs) I downloaded it immediately and was not disappointed for even a second...

    The author catches Einstein's life in interesting ways and tells a good story about the good and bad of his life.. Enjoyed every second..

    If you are looking for a good listen about a great man, give it a try..

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    Amazon Customer Wylie, TX, United States 06-30-12
    Amazon Customer Wylie, TX, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story perfectly narrated"

    One of the best books I have had. No previous scientific knowledge required to enjoy it.

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    Patrick Salisbury, NC, United States 06-27-12
    Patrick Salisbury, NC, United States 06-27-12
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    "A fantastic illustration of Einstein's life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because this book delves into the mind of the man who's name is synonymous with the word genius.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes on the History Channel and both of them are fantastic journey's into the imagination.


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    J. Lee California 06-16-12
    J. Lee California 06-16-12 Member Since 2013

    Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.

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    "Eye opening and inspiring."

    Walter Isaacson does such a great job of digging into the person of Einstein that you almost feel like one of the family as you get into this book. The historical ride through one of the most formative periods in world history is a side benefit of the thoroughness of Isaacson's work. I think anyone interested in history will find this book fascinating. The voice of the history channel is also a plus. Edward Hermann is excellent.

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    Sebastien Shefford, QC, Canada 05-28-12
    Sebastien Shefford, QC, Canada 05-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I expected!"

    I purchased this book after I read Steve Job's biography which was very inspiring and very well written.

    I expected pretty much the same "awesomeness" from the life of Einstein. I was a good book, but most of it are analysis of the letters that Einstein wrote during his life which did not make it as interesting to me. So it's not so much a story of his life, it's mostly the collection of his correspondence. I was a bit disappointed by that.

    Other than that, it gives great insights on Einstein's life, his passions, his ideas, and all that stuff. Overall, it is a good book!

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    "Amazing man -"

    While I thought the story-telling was really only "C" grade, the underlying real-life story is amazing and the performance is very strong which saved the book for me. I think I've been spoiled by Ron Chernow who I think is an amazing historical biographer.

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    James CONWAY, SC, United States 05-04-12
    James CONWAY, SC, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book on my 40+ min commute both AM & PM & enjoyed it immensely. Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator.


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

    See above


    Do you think Einstein needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


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    Susan Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-15-12
    Susan Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating man, science and history"
    Where does Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. It's a detailed, absorbing biography which gives a deep understanding of Einstein's personality, warts and all. as well as the historical events which affected his life, beliefs and political life.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Edward Herrmann did an excellent job narrating, providing an excellent pace and listening clarity.


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

    Two things I particularly enjoyed were learning about Einstein's deep and lifelong friendships with other scientists and the evolution of Einstein's spiritual growth as it evolved through his work. I also enjoyed learning that Einstein was a visual scientist and was always complaining about needing more math...how human.


    Any additional comments?

    Absorbing biography, history and science all in one great book.

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    Alan Yuba City, CA 03-02-12
    Alan Yuba City, CA 03-02-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great book if a little long"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Einstein to be better than the print version?

    Yes, there's no way I could have made it through reading the book. It was perfect for my morning commute.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Einstein?

    I had no idea he was such a ladies man. I was also pretty shocked by the story of his first child and his reaction to that child.


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