Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Audiobook | Edwin A. Abbott | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions | [Edwin A. Abbott]

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.
Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

"Your world has not just four dimensions, but five, fifty, a million, or even an infinity of them!" - A. Square

For more than 100 years, Edwin Abbott's mathematical adventure has charmed and fascinated. Set in a world on one plane, Flatland takes listeners on a strange and wonderful journey. This timeless fantasy tells the story of A. Square, a character who lives in a completely flat world where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes and think their world of length and width is the only world that exists. When Square is whisked away to the Land of Three Dimensions, he shakes up his fellow two-dimensional beings with his notion of a dimension beyond their own.

One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.

Executive Producer: Jacob Bronstein
Producer: Garet Scott
©1884 Edwin A. Abbott
(P)2001 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions." (Isaac Asimov)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.5 (212 )
5 star
 (54)
4 star
 (69)
3 star
 (41)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (21)
Overall
3.8 (29 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.8 (28 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Brian Camp Morton, MB, Canada 01-20-03
    Brian Camp Morton, MB, Canada 01-20-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    68
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Loved all the concepts of this book"

    After hearing dozens of recommendations for this book I sought it out.
    I was not dissapointed.

    The books concepts and mathematical principles are interesting, educating and suprisingly entertaining. I loved the descriptions of the character's worlds and had no trouble turing my mind around the concepts existing in worlds with different numbers of dimensions.

    The story is well told through a character that is easy to believe and ,if not have empathy towards, understand their plight.

    The story was over well before I wanted it to but I suppose that only so many concetps may be put forth in a book like this before the author believes he may be overindulging or submitting their readers to a deluge of too many principles.

    Highly recommended for those who wish to understand when physicists sometimes claim the existance of other dimensions which we cannot perceive and who wish to know how this can be.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tustin3rdWardMember 04-12-03 Member Since 2000
    HELPFUL VOTES
    167
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Amazing"

    I was amazed that anyone could write a story about a square that would have the same level of suspense as the greatest dramas.

    I was more amazed at all of the implicit social and religious commentary that could be crammed into a story without diverting attention from the plot.

    Finally, I was supremely amazed that all of this was written over a century ago, while it reads like it was written yesterday... or tomorrow.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Francesca Parma, Italy 03-14-04
    Francesca Parma, Italy 03-14-04 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "From math to philosophy"

    The mathematical and physical concepts of this book carry an extraordinarily deep philosophical meaning: just as a Flatlander could never imagine what it's like to be 3-dimensional, we too may be unable to perceive a different dimension that is there - like perhaps the dimension spiritual beings live in. This gives me hope that there's much more to it than what we have on Earth, which is wonderful but mortal. I've enjoyed this story enormously, both as a nice funny tale and as an inspiration to cling to when I feel discouraged wondering if life has a meaning...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeremy Bay Port, MI, USA 06-01-08
    Jeremy Bay Port, MI, USA 06-01-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Book for Fantasy Writers"

    This book offers one of the best explanations I have ever heard on dimensions. If you are a fantasy writer and want to know the difference between dimensions and universes, get this book. The story itself isn't all that compelling, but it is entertaining enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carl Pitman, NJ, USA 02-28-04
    Carl Pitman, NJ, USA 02-28-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent social perspective"

    This isn't a science book, this is a work of fiction. It is an excellent work of fiction, too. It provides the reader with a different perspective -- in fact, training the reader how to look at things from a completely different perspective. It also contains very relevant social commentary that can teach us valuable lessons about ourselves. If you're expecting a "science lesson", skip this. It is a work of fiction written in a refreshing style providing a glimpse into things that "may be" or "could be". Keep an open mind!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Geoff Brisbane, CA, USA 07-17-04
    Geoff Brisbane, CA, USA 07-17-04 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "good, but Sphereland is better"

    I wish there was an audiobook version of Sphereland. Flatland is the classic book on this subject and is quite enjoyable to listen to. But, in my opinion, Sphereland has less discussion of the social structure of flatland and spends more time enlightening the reader about how we can think of four dimensions in our three dimensional world.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric South Pasadena, CA, United States 02-27-10
    Eric South Pasadena, CA, United States 02-27-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Revolutionary Thought About Dimensions"

    Skip the first part of it, which is a thinly veiled discussion of the Victorian era. However, the book gets exponentially more interesting once the various dimensional worlds collide. This is a revoluationary view of the dimensions. It also serves as a basic framework for beginning to think about what the fourth dimension is like, and how we can recognize its characteristics before we actually figure it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ellen Winfield, British Columbia, Canada 02-09-09
    Ellen Winfield, British Columbia, Canada 02-09-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Dated but so fun."

    Set yourself in a mood to be amused by old-fashioned sensibilities and smile as you listen to a fun description of social norms in the 2D world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    07-27-05
    07-27-05 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "mostly horrible."

    The enjoyable last third of the book is only barely worth the tedium and annoyance of the first two thirds.

    The author spends far too much time on the social class structure of flatland and far too little time on exploring multi dimensional concepts. The author tries to use the book to advocate the benefits caste system or class society. The author also apparently believes that women are mindless beings who are only worth keeping for their use in obtaining progeny. I could only listen to it by reminding myself that he was not speaking of human women.

    The last third does a fairly good job of explaining how one might imagine other dimensions using a variety of proofs and examples.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeffrey Miami Beach, FL, United States 10-09-05
    Jeffrey Miami Beach, FL, United States 10-09-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wierd!"

    Interesting concept, but unless you have a good understanding of geometry it will be tough to grasp this story. It seemed to me to be "Pointless" (pun intended)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 12 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • David
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
    6/24/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of the best books I've listened to..."

    I read about this some years ago, though I can't remember where. As a religious studies teacher I thought I'd better read it for discussing epistemology in class. I was more than pleasantly surprised. A genuinely compelling story where you can begin to relate to two dimensional characters (a bit like Jackie Collins, then!) and begin to care about them. Hilarious from start to finish. I'm chosing to believe the sexism is sarcastic, rather than simply a product of its age, but it's funny all the same. Really well read, with great feeling. Listen to this. It'll cheer you up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.