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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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    Peter asheville, NC, USA 04-15-08
    Peter asheville, NC, USA 04-15-08
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    "Warmed Up to It"

    It took me quite a while to be engaged by this book. I almost quit it a number of times but kept plodding thru it until it finally captured my interest. The problem is the first 1/3 of the book is primarily the text of letters written to and by Einstein. I did not find there to be much insight into Einstein's life or any deduction by the author as to why or why not Einstein made certain choices in his science or personal life. However, once the book reaches the "miracle year" and more science is involved I found the book much more interesting. I also enjoyed the last part of the book immensely when Einstein's science is not as prevelant but his celebrity and social ideals become a major part of his character.

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-27-12
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "Author Does a Nice Job of Engaging Us in the Story"

    Einstein is a fascinating man scientifically, politically, and personally. Isaacson does a good job of telling the story in a way that balances these three aspects of the famous man. Hermann's narration is masterful.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 02-01-15
    Pita Miami 02-01-15 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Entertaining, illustrating, great listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Einstein to be better than the print version?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I listened to it and did not read it, I am quite sure that the excellent narration added to the great experience that this book turned out to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt, the subject of the biography, who was quite a special being although quite human and imperfect. We get to make the acquientance of some of the other luminaries of the world of science and politics through the book. We also meet the women in his life whom he did not always treat as well as he could have. I was very surprised to learn that regardless of his eccentricities, Einstein was quite a magnet to the opposite sex.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are many memorable scenes in Einstein's remarkable life. This was a book of "great thoughts" rather than scenes. Einstein's way of seeing the world and how it was central to his contributions to humanity was what interested me most going into this book and the biographer did an excellent job in describing something so elusive.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared for passages on relativity and quantum physics that are perhaps a bit more detailed than some would prefer. One must say that the author did a superlative job at explaining both, at least at a level that would help the reader appreciate the complexity of both principles and how they remain revolutionary today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-27-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2016

    l'enfer c'est les autres

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    "I don't like biographies, but I loved this one"

    I was reluctant to listen to this book because I don't like biographies. I'm glad I broke my rule. The author explains the physics of Einstein (from quantum theory to general relativity) better than almost any other popular physics book. It's really the definitive biography of Einstein because the author had access to letters which none of the other biographers have had till now. The book can be read by those who love a good biography of an interesting person and for those who what to learn about the physics. After having read this book, I can fully understand why Steve Jobs picked the author to write his biography.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-20-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-20-10 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Nicely done in all respects"

    If you are looking for a great treatment on the life and character of Albert Einstein look no further. I'm not so convinced, however, that one gleans much on the nature of Relativity from the book. The book considers a personal and professional chronology of his life in way that is interesting and stimulating. The narration is quite outstanding. Making a book like this an easy listen I do not think is an easy thing. The only book I might equate with this ease of listen and profundity of such a subject would be Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku narrated by Marc Vietor.

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    Dan G Kitchener, ON, Canada 05-10-07
    Dan G Kitchener, ON, Canada 05-10-07
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    "An intense indepth look into the mind of a genius!"

    This book on the life of Einstein was without a doubt the most indepth, personal, whitty, piece of work I've ever heard! It shocked me on many respects how he lived his life, both good and bad. This book is one I'll definiately be listening to again. I found that this book was perfect to keep my mind stimulated while doing my boring job. Many times I found myself laughing out-loud and having people give me funny looks. Einstein was more comical than I could have eer imagined! I only wish more scientists shared his mentality in this day and age and didn't believe all this evolution mumbo jumbo.

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    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 05-21-14
    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Great!"

    This is the third book by Walter Isaacson that I have listened to. Like the the other two, it was highly informative, well-written, and insightful. The author does a great job of explaining complex scientific concepts without talking down to the reader. The narration was excellent.

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    Mathieu Cognac 03-02-14
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    "Great read!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fascinating to learn how this person has revolutionized the world of physics and how his discoveries affect our lives. Excellent read.


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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 04-24-13
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Einstein His Life & Universe"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The performance by Edward Herrmann is so perfect.
    He is such an important person, and his story is so inspiring.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I have no interest in physics or higher math. This is story of a great scientist and humanitarian.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The letters and piecing his life together is fascinating!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing! Superb!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Bravo!

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    Jose Santo Andre, Brazil 02-11-13
    Jose Santo Andre, Brazil 02-11-13 Member Since 2014

    You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?

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    "Excelent book, higly recomended"

    Isaacson is a master of biographies. I had read the Steve Jobs and me to read the motivei of Einstein and I was not disappointed. The book follows the natural order of Einstein's life from his childhood, the relationship with his father until his departure to the United States and his last years. The book uses a "relatively" simple language that can explain some topics to the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics. Impressed me the technique of thought experiments that Einstein used in research, its limitations with Mathematics (away from the myths of being a bad student of Mathematics) and its humanist and pacifist stance as consistent with his thoughts on the importance of freedom for scientific development. The book shows the limitations and uncertainties of Einstein the man and the father. I recommend it to all who enjoy a good biography and who are interested in science and physics.

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