©1985 by Richard P. Feynman; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." (Time)
I love this book - I'm actually listening to it for the second time, which I almost never do. I think the narrator takes the perfect tone for the material, and I found Feynman's stories to be fascinating and quite amusing - especially the parts about Los Alamos. I don't read or listen to many autobiographies, but by the end of this one I found myself regretting that I never met him.
Feynman is probably one of the most charismatic physicists in history. This narrator captures his "voice" with delightful nuance.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
The narration was perfection, and I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author himself narrating. It's a sort of stream-of-consciousness telling of the many events in his life that define his quirky curiosity and intelligence. Entertaining and humorous--loved it!
Raw, honest and hilarious. I love how he explains why he makes the choices he makes. The strength of the character is appealing and refreshing. We need more people to stick to their guns no matter the consequence when they have decided to do a thing, make a bet or go against the grain...it's just more interesting to see a thing through. I'm a mid 30's female and feel like we would have made fine friends. Do they make them like this anymore? I'll take 2 please!
You know a book is good when you wish you could have met the person IRL. He would probably never describe himself this way but I can see the impish twinkle in his eyes...
I'm glad when someone with a different way of thinking is able to navigate this crazy world and manages to stretch themselves past being comfortable in the pursuit of discovery, fun and expression without being so badly bruised by the experience. Here, here for intolerance to bureaucracy and pomp. How funny it would be today to try and get away with signing less than 13 times! I agree that if you trust someone enough to sign a thing that they should trust you to deliver the expense report, sans receipts..ROFL
Smooth voice, easy to listen to. Good characterization, voice acting and accents.
Yes but I had to listen in pieces. I could have listened to the entirety if I had time.
Feynman packed a lot into one life. It's as much a book on how to explore by taking chances as it is an entertaining tour de force of a great personality on a path to self discovery. It would be easy to dismiss the compendium of stories as narcissistic vignettes if it wasn't for the fact that he was a Nobel Laureate and the content so cleanly written by a great personality. It's enjoyable to listen to the stories of Feynman.
i didn't read the printed version
i don't know why but there is around 5-10 seconds( may be more) missing at 35th chapter around 12:36. Except for that everything is perfect.
I love books like this one. Lots of interesting anecdotes from a person smarter than me (that part isn't to tough to achieve!). I have hundreds of audio books but I always like to come back to this one every couple of years. My father listened to part of it with me and got hooked, himself. We still talk about the parts of it we enjoyed the most.
Feynman's book is a fantastic account of a tremendously interesting life. Very funny and constantly engaging. I found the reader fairly good, and I looked forward to getting into the car so I could hear more. Highly recommended.
"Great book well read"
A collection of autobiographical stories the Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. Some funny, others fascinating and others awe inspiring. Expressively read by someone whose voice I could imagine to sound very similar to Richard Feynman.
"The life of a magician"
A delightful series of reminiscences from the life of Richard Feynman that give a real insight into the man and his mind. This book doesn't concentrate on his achievements in physics, by instead on his other talents such as drawing, playing the drums and on safe cracking. You find he was anything but a one dimensional character.
Delightfully read by Raymond Todd.
This is the third time I think I have bought this book and never have I regretted it, I only regret losing the others. Feynman is amazing.
The personality of Mr. Feynman was one of intense curiosity for everything he came across. His stories are great fun and I felt I came to know a little of how he thought. His entry into reviewing text books for education of children in America showed a disconnect between teaching and learning. Sadly the same applies in the UK. His take on this this was most of the text books were of poor quality. It should be essential reading for all those who set syllabi. This is only one of many topics he covers and his departure into safe cracking was amusing. Highly recommended. The reader did an excellent job of bringing this book to life.
"A true testament"
Everything from science, philosophy, dating, soft drugs, education and military in trepidation. An interesting fella.
narrated well, incredibly interesting, such an inspiration and creates so much wonder. this book should be in schools curriculum (well, certain bits)
Great Listen, interesting story, useful and relavent to anyone's life. narrator is also great and pleasant
"fun, interesting and well narrated"
This is a collection of anecdotes and stories, great for listening in small bits of spare time. No risk of losing track if you take a long break like with a story book.
The life of a logical rational inquisitive mind that still participates in fun and other human silliness.
The narration is great, it's like the man is really talking to you with all the appropriate emotion and emphasis.
Witty, charming and thought-provoking.
it's not like other autobiographies, rather it is a collection of stories that Feynman felt compelled to share with the world. I can't say I've read/listened to another book like it yet.
First time listening to Raymond Todd. I felt he captured Feynman's personality brilliantly and he was able to alternate between a questioning tone (during Feynman's explorations of new ideas and hobbies) and an assertive one (during Feynman's explanations to others) with a fitting ease.
Well worth a listen, even to those not interested in Physics or even any kind of science. Richard Feynman was simply a genuinely interesting and entertaining man with some great stories to tell.
"dreadful narration "
awful narration. I only could stand 5 minutes- can I have my money back?
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