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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Audiobook
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
Written by: 
Richard P. Feynman
Narrated by: 
Raymond Todd
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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    Charles Craig 07-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting, but not stimulating."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Portions are worthwhile.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not get to the end.


    What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

    His intonation was great.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Richard P. Feynman’s life?

    Less about his realizations of his intelligence. Seems a bit arrogant throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose I was expecting something else from the Great Explainer.

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    Amazon Customer 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book "

    Incredible personality. I enjoyed the entire thing despite not understanding some of the science. Then I don't think that was the point anyway.

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    Miha 07-02-15
    Miha 07-02-15
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    "amazing"

    I don't know why people didn't like the reader - I loved everything about it.

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    Luisa 06-30-15
    Luisa 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "conflicting feelings"

    I found Feynman's insatiable curiosity in so many fields fun and inspiring. I found his candidness about his dexterity ( or plain luck) with manipulating numbers (and safes) exemplary. I found his grasp of and respect for science magnificent. I found his relationships with women shallow, manipulative and primitive. Perhaps a victim of his times, he expects a female to be no more than an erotic passtime. That is a dimension that is either missing in his life or in these otherwise insightful stories.

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    Stucco Seattle, WA 06-24-15
    Stucco Seattle, WA 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor narration, good stories"

    This narrator is pretty tough to endure, and frankly, Feynman is great at many things, but the writing is just okay. What makes this worthwhile is appreciating how a mind such as his can be so... Silly? Childlike? Feynman had a clear joy of and in life that's worth hearing.

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    Orange Juice usa 06-23-15
    Orange Juice usa 06-23-15

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    "Freedom"

    I guess you need integrity and freedom to think freely is what you need to win Nobel Prize.

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    Susan R 06-17-15
    Susan R 06-17-15

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    "Cannot bear the narrator!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This guy reads about the death of Dr. Feynman's first wife with less emotion than if someone had parked in his designated spot. Worst narrator ever. I love Feynman's work and I tried but cannot listen to this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!?

    I had to stop listening when the narrator read the part about the death of Dr. Feynman's wife with less emotion than if he'd gotten the wrong order at Burger King. It was extremely bad narration before but that tore it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Raymond Todd’s performances?

    Never. I will delete everything I have purchased if he has narrated it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, of course the book is great! This horrible narrator has made it impossible for me to listen to the rest of the book.


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    Jon M. 06-04-15
    Jon M. 06-04-15
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    "Loved it."

    I never write audible reviews, but this book was an an absolute delight. The man is a true scientist—curious, intelligent, prolific and unafraid. And a fantastic storyteller.

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    Gary 06-02-15
    Gary 06-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book but not a great reading"

    Emphasis on words often odd. Makes Feynman sound a bit simple which he was not!

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    The Oklahoman 06-02-15
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    "Brilliant and down-to-earth"
    Where does Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I remember seeing Mr. Feynman on the occasional NOVA special on PBS from time to time, and remember him as an interesting and curious man. Well, this book is just delightful. I have a basic understanding of science, but I'm hardly a theoretical physicist. Yet, I was able to follow along almost seamlessly. This is an interesting book about a monumental person and time. Enjoy.


    What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

    He really does speak with the voice of Feynman.


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