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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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    "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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    "Very interesting but dragged on"

    The narrator was excellent and the story was very interesting. The only down side is that at twenty hours it gets quite long. Well worth the listen tho.

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    Shaul Gal-Oz 03-16-15

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    "Great reading about a great genius"

    The book illustrates the life of Einstein throughout his career on the personal and professional fronts. Isaacson wrote a really flowing book about an intriguing persona that I finally feel I better understand.

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    Johannes Eklund 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredibly inspiring for the curious mind."

    Highly enjoyed this book and have a great appreciation for the performance. It was a long lasting book which never ceased to satisfy me and I greatly recommend it to those who are curious about Albert Einstein and/or his theories of relativity.

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    Potatoe 03-13-15
    Potatoe 03-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What a great, balanced book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Einstein to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition was actually superior IMHO to the print version. I read 70% of the print edition before getting the audio edition. After making taking too much time to get the print edition read, I started the audio edition. I found the narration superb which lent a more personal and poignant veneer to the story.


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

    There were multiple events in the book that I found facinating: the personal insights into the other great physicists of the era, their interrelationships, enough physics to understand a lot of the science behind their great works not to mention deep, profound insight into Einstein the person.


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    Drew 03-11-15
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    "Fabulous, a bit heavy on the physics for me."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very well written and and the narration was excellent. It gave a fascinating look at Einstein. My one complaint would be that it got a little too heavy into his physics for me. I had a hard time comprehending at times, though I'm sure this has mostly to do with the listener and not the author or his subject.

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    N. Richman Bethesda, MD United States 03-11-15
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    "Excellent"

    At first I wasn't sure I would like the book, but it didn't take long to get into it. There's a lot of scientific explanation in the book and the author really tasked the time to explain it so the non-scientist reader can sort of understand. This is physics so it quite complex and theoretical. The book is well written and very well researched. I got a sense of who Einstein was and what influenced his life. The author explained what was unique about how Einstein tackled scientific challenges. A truly excellent book for anyone wanting to know about Albert Einstein.

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    Nehusker33 Cheyenne, Wy 03-07-15
    Nehusker33 Cheyenne, Wy 03-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Insight into Einstein"

    Enjoyed listening about physics and the great thinkers. I was amazed how great a naturalized American Dr. Einstein was as well as look his life. Excellent book.

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