©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)
Feynman is probably one of the most charismatic physicists in history. This narrator captures his "voice" with delightful nuance.
I would absolutely recommend the book (and have several times in the past); however, I would recommend that they read the book, rather than listening to this audiobook. The narrator killed a book that I have always enjoyed.
These are Feynman's stories and the narrator was not at all a convincing Feynman.
Grab my copy of the book off of the shelf and read it again.
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.
"Very good - worth listening to every minute"
About a remarkable Genius and very well read with a huge number of anecdotes. Wonderful entertainment
"Genius with a supernatural flare for mischief!"
Awesome, Funny, Mischief
Feynman's ability to find trouble and savour it.
NOt really a charachter based book. There is very little change-up of voicings...Feynman
Professor, Safe-Cracker, Drummer. Genius.
Feynman's memoirs are a wonderful collection of stories from his life. Together, they are a portrail of a unique human, with a mind brimming with ideas, some of which are intellectual, others are purely for fun and mischief.
"The honest story of a brilliant mind"
This man inspired me to be courious and go further, very nice reading. Extremelly funny..
After reading this he is now a hero of mine. The book takes you through all the major moments in his life, such a varied way to live you wouldn't expect it. I need to start living like he did
"He led a colourful life...pretty amazing guy"
I really enjoyed this book, I thought it would be a bit science heavy but it actually had only a small bit of science and the rest was filled with interesting stories about Richard Feynman.
This should be on everyones book list.
A fascinating and almost unbelievable series of tales that is hard to stop listening to.
A highly enjoyable collection of stories. I was expecting a lot of stories about physics, but very few of these- you really hear about a wonderfully unusual life
"Glimpse into a Brilliant (Almost Autistic) Mind"
This book was an eye opener for me - a rare view into the very different thought processes of a genius like Feynman. Sometimes he is almost autistic in his thinking, often finding social situations incomprehensible, which is emphasised by the cleverly unemotional narration by Raymond Todd.
For example, when colleagues start playing around, spinning plates in the dining room at Los Alamos, Feynman gets obsessed with the correlation between the wobble rate and the speed of spin. Apparently, from this he developed a brilliant bit of maths, used in QM. Another time he develops an obsession with cracking all the stations safes, and picking all the locks, for no better reason than the challenge of pitting his mind against the safe's designers. What does he use this talent for? To play a joke on his colleagues!
Another memorable incident he describes is when a tough guy challenges him in a bar. He is almost dissociated in the way he describes his body taking over, dodging the guys fist, and landing a knock out punch - all on its own.
In places the style reminded me of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'. It seems maybe that he is boasting, but then will say something that shows his awkwardness at dealing with other people (such as the incident of the title), and you realise he is probably just being factual.
It's a book packed with anecdotes, charting the life of one of the great minds of our time, as seen from his own peculiar point of view. Both entertaining, and a revelation of another's mind.
"From the Manhattan Project to the carnival in Rio!"
How much it surprised me. This was gifted to me by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I wanted to find out what was going to happen to the Nobel Prize winning physicist. Feynman, it turns out, was much more than just a physicist. This is the story of a man not afraid to live life to full and by the end of the book i found myself feeling quite jealous of the life he carved out for himself. By no means a perfect man and definitely not a perfect husband this book gives an insight into how one of the great brains of the 20th century viewed life. If you have any interest in finding out about one of the great characters of the last 100 years I would whole heartedly recommend this title.
Yes, Feynmano won a Nobel for physics and even though he wasn't find of awards I am glad he got it. Truly an inspirational character
He fixes radios by thinking! This is in the beginning of the book and had me laughing. I felt proud of young feynman.
Outstanding narration. I would definitely get more books read by him. Truly bought it to life and kept it entertaining.
Laugh a lot but learn a lot too.
Recommended for all budding scientist and professionala alike. Fantastic stuff!
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