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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Audiobook

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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Publisher's Summary

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. In addition to solving the mystery of liquid helium, Feynman has been commissioned to paint a naked female toreador and asked to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He has traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

©1985 by Richard P. Feynman; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Justin Seibert 06-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"

    I really enjoyed this book. A lot of reviews commented on how bad they felt the narrator was, but I don't agree. I felt he did a fine job. The stories Professor Feynman tells are fantastic!

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    bopr 06-15-16
    bopr 06-15-16
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    "Fantastic listen"

    Feynman is a theoretical physicist who teaches how to learn and how to live life honestly and with integrity

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    Rgr Parkton, MD, US 06-13-16
    Rgr Parkton, MD, US 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"
    What made the experience of listening to Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fabulous!! I cannot imagine another voice which could so perfectly convey the author.


    What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

    That voice! I could listen to it for hours.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fascinating study of the amazing potential of the human mind. Although I am not scientifically minded, I found this book to be inspiring as one contemplates the capability of the human mind and the intricacies of the Creator..

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    Kenneth A. Macclune Boulder, Colorado 06-04-16
    Kenneth A. Macclune Boulder, Colorado 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I wish I had read this years ago"

    What a great great book. Highly recommended.
    I've found a "hero" of sorts in Feynman and someone I will refer to in my mind when encountering the "cargo cult science" of our time.

    The audiobook reading was also perfect and one feels like you are listening to Feynman read.

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    Andrew 05-25-16
    Andrew 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    The only thing I disliked was readers voices impression. All the rest was pure gold! Strongly recommended!

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    Mark Winter Park, FL, United States 05-08-16
    Mark Winter Park, FL, United States 05-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Mr. Feyman"

    I enjoyed this book completely. Listening to Feyman's antics over the years was delightful and enlightening. Mr. Todd captured Feyman's personality exactly as I envisioned him.

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    Rialtus Upland, CA USA 05-06-16
    Rialtus Upland, CA USA 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The audio doesn't do this book justice"
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    I've read the book in dead tree edition many time, and found the antics and thoughts of Mr. Feynman inspiring and humorous. I was looking forward to diving back into these waters again with the audio version. However, this sort of book, composed of short vignettes and insights, comes off in a rapid fire motion with no time for story ambiance. This isn't a ding on Raymond Todd, who did a decent enough job. It's just that this is a book that should be savored, and in my opinion, read leisurely. You won't regret it.

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    Luiz A A Amendola 04-25-16
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    "Boring, ridiculous voice, refund would be fair"

    This book was my first experience with audible - I m trying hard to identify if the story is poor or if the voice downgraded harshly the whole book. Smart guy, some unnecessary pranks, top universities life...stories that seems to be interesting, but after 5 minutes with that "l m- so - smart" voice its really a challenge not to give up on this book. I had high expectations on this book n on audible, I really feel sorry to write this kind of review.

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    John 04-09-16
    John 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Feynman opens the doors of possibility"

    Feynman's style and joy for life makes the reader want to be a physicist, artist, safe cracker, world traveler, gambler, and life of the party.

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    hybrid 04-01-16
    hybrid 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting life"

    Very good book and an interesting story Teller I have started doing experiments with my kids

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