©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)
The man's education, and perhaps even more so intellect, yielded him the most interesting opportunities such that if a distracted student was mature enough to read it, he/she would realize the doors that open for a person who understood or really learn the principles taught in college. And to act on the experiences we all crave to live a fuller life.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
I had hoped for a book on theoretical physics, but instead found Richard Feynman himself. The book is extremely entertaining, and Feynman is a character. The reading is fabulous--as if Feynman were telling the story himself. The book rambles a bit (since the author really isn't trying to make any specific kind of point) but it's a fun listen, even in lieu of my hoped-for book on physics. In fact, there's almost no physics at all in the book. Even when Feynman tells the story of his winning the Nobel prize, he never mentions anything about the work for which the prize was awarded! So, for all you physicists out there--lighten up, grab some bongo drums, and listen to "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
The voice performance was one of the best I've come across. He did accents for various characters, and added vocalizations for things such as instruments to aid understanding. I thought it was well done. The story itself was very good too.
Full of hilarious and sometimes outrageous anecdotes, I was laughing out loud throughout each chapter. Feynman, as portrayed in this book, lived the way many of us would like to, but perhaps don't have the guts to.
This book is really about his personal philosophy for life, which is described through personal parables and anecdotes rather than direct specification. Feynman comes across as good natured, brutally honest, and uncommonly curious. These core characteristics take him on many adventures, from safe cracker, to bongo player, to atomic bomb builder.
his life was truely a huge achievement!
Sooo Funny...and unexpected!
When he was contemplating sleeping on a pile of leaves...
YES! I didn't want to read the last chapter(still hasn't) because i did not want it to end.
You will not be disappointed!
Yes, great stories and perspective
No - prefer to savor the thoughts and ideas instead of rush through.
This book was SO funny! I love biographies, history, and non-fiction but I know nothing of science. I purchased this book during a sale a while ago and it sat for a while before I started listening. What a surprise and a joy this book is. I didn't understand the tech jargon but I loved the insight into a brilliant brain and the humor and curiosity.
We are amateur astronomers and we are always laughing at the lack of humor that the "brains" in the club are missing. I might be a bit insensitive, but academics sometimes are not blessed with a funny-bone. I was very sad when the book came to an end.
Yes. It is an incredible book with the stories of one of the greats of our time.
Feynman's career is amazing. Some of these stories are even more so. Great color on a wonderful man.
Bad editing almost kills this audiobook. The pacing has been broken. For example, there is no pause in-between each story: So right off the punch line of one story, the line that opens the next story immediately hits. For a moment you are not sure where you are. It is very disconcerting.Beyond that there are outright mistakes: At one point a whole portion of a chapter is lost. And in another area, you head the narrator make a mistake, comment about it and retry the line. Very poor editing!
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