©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)
Unbelievable brilliant tomfoolery
Mr. Feynman of course
A crazy fun read full of oh-no-he-didn't moments. Definitely worth a re-listen/reread. What strikes me most is that, as he says in the book, interesting stuff doesn't happen to him all of the time, but he makes sure to pay attention when interesting things do happen. I think that's just a generally good rule for living: you have to stay put sometimes to notice the little things that happen that are out of the ordinary. It also helps to be a good storyteller like Mr. Feynman.
Very entertaining--Feynman's stories are pretty much always amusing--there's a child-like quality about him here, in his love of pranks and his ability to throw himself into whatever topic he might be curious about. There's also something childish about him at times--in his way of handling authority or rules or events he doesn't like. I can't decide whether I would have loved this man had I known him in real life, or whether he would have driven me absolutely crazy. Maybe a little of both. Anyway, this is definitely well worth a read.
His sense of humor.
The way he uses his voice to tell the story with such fluctuations and intonaitons adds so much to the humor and life of Richard Feynman.
If you like humor and science this book is for you.
Best audiobook so far.
Its a biography. I've read/listened to several, but none compare to the breadth of experiences, knowledge, humor, and pure honesty and openess as this how Dick tells his storys.
No. I listen while driving or running.
Seriously considering buying 6 more copies and giving them away. Already bought for my dad for Fathers Day.
Avid reader with an inability to sit still... thank God for Audible :)
One of my favorite parts of this book is where Dr. Feynman is at Princeton for his Masters and the dean brings in a hypnotist. Dr. Feynman's attempt to be "one of many" who are chosen to work with the hypnotist was a riot and Raymond Todd conveyed the situation perfectly. It especially reminded me of my own escapades!.
I love his voice and I can just hear Dr. Feynman saying "I get it, OK?!" He so perfectly conveys Feynman's personality, naivete, and lovable nature that you feel as though you're listening to Feynman himself.
The story of an incredible man whose life inspires you to do all those things you've always been curious about.
Do not miss this book - regardless of whether or not you're interested in science, you'd be remiss to miss this one.
Yes, I would listen to it again. It is a very engaging read by Mr. Raymond Todd, but beyond performance, I found this book to be very substantive in how it reveals this hero of science and learning. It is a must listen/read for anyone with intellectual aspirations.
This is a one-character book.
Excellent voice impressions!
LMFAO! And cried when Richard talked about his late wife.
I have existed since the beginning of time at the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the heavens!!!
I have listen to this book several times, it was one of the first books I bought from Audible, I find that Mr. Feynman was a very interesting person with a very wide interest who had wit and imagination he lead a life worth living and reading about.
Feynman (duh!). I was surprised by some aspects of his social life: particularly his adventures in bars and lounges. Feynman tells stories of those days that expose him as something of a cad. Whether he would happily accept the moniker or be offended is unclear. Given the choice I'd rather be the wife of a friend of Feynman than to be any woman who caught his eye at a party or in a bar.
He was good but a bit tense; relaxing his voice would have improved the audiobook. It sounded almost like he restrained his breath while speaking. Releasing more of his exhale while he spoke would have improved my enjoyment...perhaps his, too.
Yes, it's an interesting life story of a mostly obscure scientific mind.
His message about the politicization of our education system needs to get out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. After reading and hearing so much about him, it was amazingly refreshing to hear a humorous and interesting book which covers the 'human' aspects of his life. The story if funny and not at all heavy in mathematical content. An amazing man with a great set of stories..
This is a fantastic book, and you urge it to continue as Feynman leads us through his life, from the mundane to the truly extra-ordinary. What really sets this book apart is the complete, unashamed honesty with which he approaches every situation. That one man could have won the Nobel Prize (that "damn" prize), worked on the atomic bomb, become a paid musician and paid artist and given evidence in a trial supporting a strip club just sums up the sort of character Feynman was. Someone who loved life and embraced every opportunity. That enthusiasm comes through in his breathless-at-times writing style and unstructured format, but you really don't care. It's like listening to the world's most interesting person talk in a bar.
The only slight downside is the variable audio quality and the narrator's penchant for doing voices and accents, which can be jarring at times. It certainly doesn't ruin this fantastic book though.
"Wish I'd known him!"
Yes, I would, particularly to somebody who understood some maths & physics.
People thought he was being pretentious because he learned Portuguese when living in Brazil. They set out to tease him by introducing him to a lady who had been brought up in China and greeted him in Chinese. He boldly replied with a bit of nonsense which sounded Chinese and she said "Wouldn't you just know it, I speak Mandarin and he speaks Cantonese?!"
I actually have the book, but he makes some wonderful sound effects and noises which you don't get from the printed page.
Mainly it made me laugh, but the chapter when he witnessed the first A-bomb test made me sad - particularly when he went on to like, admire and work with Japanese colleagues.
If you're not sure and think this might be a bit stuffy and erudite, take a chance on it - you'll be glad you did.
"An absolute joy to read"
I was expecting heavy going, well you would wouldn't you? But this was a pleasure to read; stories from theoretical physics through to picking up girls in a bar, all told by a 20th Century genius.
I couldn't recommend this highly enough.
"Excellent - interesting, witty and insightful!"
One of the best audiobooks I listened to. Extremely enjoyable and some lovely insights to life:)
Well worth a listen!
I have read in one review that the reviewer considered Mr F to be self centred and a womaniser. I disagree very strongly, in all his brilliance he has a certain naivety and sees things in a straight uncomplicated manor. I found this book fascinating and read well. My only complaint is that the editing wasn't up to Audible's usual standards, there were a few passages that were repeated - as in - for the recording process to be able to be picked up accurately. There was also one spot where the words 'jumped', even when I backtracked and played it again in case I had done something accidentally .
All in all an excellent read
This is an interesting insight into the life of a scientist with a very unusual mind and outlook on life. The narrator's tone suits the piece. It also gives a good picture of life in America in the 50's and 60's. Although the book seems quite long, and the tone can be a little monotonous in places. I would suggest reading in stages - not all at once.
I loved the paper book, so looked forward to this. However the quality let it down. it's not a dreadful recording, but the presenter's voice came across as too childish which seemed to change the tone of some parts of the book and there were a few repeated sentences. Somehow the excitement of a genius that played with science felt more like a blundering amateur.
"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
"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.
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
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