©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)
Business Physicist and Astronomer
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a lot better. This one starts out pretty good but slowly became a bit of a grind. The narrator has nothing of Feynman in him. Too Dry.
It picks up a little at the end but again, try The Pleasure of Finding Things Out---A lot better.
I found this book an amusing but an insightful account of the adventures and lives of Mr Feynman. Mr Feynman, a nobel prize winner physicist, amuses the reader through out the book. However, deeper than the superficial fun and adventures, is an intellectual fun loving man who encourages thinking and understanding. Somehow and for some reason, I appreciate such people who think in life. Mr Feynman is one of them. His book shows how simple thinking enhances the flavour of our lives and how everyone should make some efforts to think in life. Think about what? Thats upto you to think out ;)
A fun book for the scientific mind. Might be a fun listening for everyone (mostly) I believe.
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.
I am just not sure what to say about this book. It was interesting. It was weird. It was off the wall. Mr. Feynman is one of the strangest people I have ever read about. A Pulitzer prize winning theoretical physicist who also loves to drum, has had a one-man art show and loves to draw nudes, admits to smoking marijuana, and longs for hallucinations, he is (I hope) one of a kind. He lost me, though, with his definition of music: "Music is just drumming with notes." Hahahaha. Not quite, Mr. Feynman. His is a world seen strictly through the eyes of a scientist. He claims that artists and musicians can't possibly know enough about their art without studying science. Maybe he is right. But I know I for one could not survive long if I had to see everything through the eyes of science. It takes all kinds of people in this world to make it so interesting. Which makes me thankful for people like Mr. Feynman.
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!
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.
I recognize that Feynman was a great physicist, etc., but I just do not see what is so compelling about his non-scientific books, at least this one. Feynman adopts a studiedly colloquial, urban blue collar style-- exacerbated by the reader's sounding like a cross between a borscht belt comedian and Archie Bunker-- and just goes on and on. Feynman portrays himself as the eternal adolescent, specifically the class clown, and he becomes tedious in the same way that Tom Sawyer does when he, no longer so charming, intrudes himself into the adult novel "Huckleberry Finn," relentlessly juvenile and self-indulgent. Feynman's anecdotes are wordy, repetitious and frequently quite pointless. Contrary to many, I found none of his stuff to be sidesplitting, and rarely provoking of even a smile. And the book just keeps getting more and more annoying, at least through the 4 or so cds that I listened to before-- for the first time in my Audible.com experience-- quitting to go on to another book. Finally, Feynman's usually self-deprecating tone seems to me to often mask a streak of amoral cruelty. The guy clearly cares more about his pranks than about people.
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.
I usually listen to audio books in the car, travelling to and from work. This was the first one in a long time that made me want more traffic to delay me so that I could listen to it a bit longer. I was often sitting in the car for a good five minutes after I had arrived home listening to one of the anecdotes.
A fascinating insight into one of the greatest minds of the last century.
"Fascinating insight into an extraordinary life"
Interesting, amusing delightful
There is a life on Cochrane. Which wove his perspective into the events.
I enjoyed his narration immensely. He brought extra colour to the book and brought Feynman to life.
When he is at Los Alamos and Boer wants him because he says it as it is.
Excellent book, I really enjoyed it.
"A Curious Nature"
When I started listening to this, I wasn't sure about it, as he sounded a tiny bit arrogant. But then I realised that he just tells things straight. So if he's good at something, he'll say that, but if he's bad at it, he'll also freely admit it and laugh at himself unashamedly. Feynman is almost childlike in his curiosity about the way the world works and his enthusiasm for things, particularly safe-cracking and beautiful women! His life is a series of adventures and circumstances that would sound unbelievable if you didn't know they were true - his curiosity and openness leads him into all sorts of daft encounters and circumstances that are entertainingly described to the listener with humour and a lightness of touch.
The book is just a series of little events (apart from his winning the Nobel prize), so if you want huge excitement or deep scientific explanations you won't be happy, but he is entertaining company. You probably won't enjoy this book if you've never come across Feynman and his work before - you don't need to know lots (I don't understand it in any depth), but a sense of his significance in the world of physics would be helpful. The narrator gets the tone just right, as if you're sitting having a chat with the great man himself. Very enjoyable.
"I wish I had read this earlier"
I wish I had read that when I was still a student! He had such an open mind to new experiences and was able to understand all sociological artistic and psychological phenomena in such a logical and humorous way
Live the life logically but with humour
"Not A Lot Of Laughs"
I was expecting to be entertained and enlightened by this much lauded book but I found it dull and boring and Feynman comes across as a particularly unpleasant individual, an egotist of the first rank. I gave up on it just over half way through as I could no longer tolerate his presence. He may have been a genius and was undoubtedly a great physicist but he most certainly was not a good writer. The book has an undeserved reputation mainly due to the uncritical worshiping of all things Feynman by his adoring fans. Raymond Todd does a workmanlike job with the narration but unfortunately the source material leaves a lot to be desired.
"Not joking - amusing and entertaining"
The autobiography of one of the world’s cleverest scientists does not sound exciting but this is a wonderful story of a boy who grew up in depression USA making money mending radios and enjoying inventing things. The book goes on to describe his career through the academic and research world meeting many of the most brilliant people of the time, but it also tells the story of the Richard Feynman who loved the company of beautiful women and liked to understand how people interact. A lively, funny, engaging book which is a pleasure to listen to.
"An insight into genius"
This is an interesting and entertaining 'autobiography' that offers insights into the life of a nobel prize winning genius. Feynman was an uncompromising individual who pushed at scientific and social boundaries. He is candid and the narrative portrays his actions as normal, even where they clearly were not. So, perhaps without knowing it he has bared his sole even more than he intended. The reader is very good and I enjoyed this audible book. If you like biographies of clever and interesting people then you will like this.
"Interesting and slightly surprising read"
I must admit to having put off listening to this "book" as it seemed to fall into the category of "improving" rather than "entertaining."
However: Twas a really good experience to follow in the diverse footsteps of such a widely talented bloke. At times the technical/maths got a bit hairy, but fortunately the emphasis on these aspects of a life well lived formed a proportionately small amount of the overall text.
I look forward to a second "reading" in a few months time and hope for a similar level of enjoyment.
"A wicked genius - a beautiful life"
I know more about the world having read this world - and it is even more fun than I suspected
"A classic science autobiography"
A fantastic, memorable listen. I have listened to this book twice and find it strangely inspiring. Feynman was a fascinating character and to hear in his own words his view of the world and his reasoning of why he was the way he was is a real treat. It is full of humourous anecdotes and stories about his life that provide an all too fleeting glimpse of what he was like - not all of it likeable - he was a man of his time. Excellently read.
"I loved to hear it this time round"
RPF is my mentor - when you need to get real about life and the world, read some Feynman. He is just so down to earth and brilliant at the same time. This is a must listen for everyone. Easily and sympathetically read by Todd. I love RPF's lectures as well- in his own voice. RPF is so non PC and has a very happy synicism about puffed up authority. A real lesson in how to live life and keep on being in wonder about the world around us.
The world needs you back Dickie!
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