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Einstein Audiobook

Einstein: His Life and Universe

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Isaacson is the modern master of the biography, so it was only natural that he turn his pen to Einstein. And more than any biography of the past, Isaacson's account unravels the life behind the brain and provides a full picture of the man who embodied the scientific spirit of the 20th century. Edward Herrmann is stirring and moves effortlessly from humorous anecdotes to scientific theories. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

It's all relative: listen to more about Albert Einstein.

©2007 Walter Isaacson. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2008

"[A] lucid account." (Publishers Weekly)
"Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait." (Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso)
"Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life." (Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein)

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    Dr. C Chuma Germiston, South Africa 06-08-16
    Dr. C Chuma Germiston, South Africa 06-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Account of the brightest in history "

    Story wonderfully told. Captures his thinking and cognitive processes more than social and family life.

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    michiel 06-02-16
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    "Very entertaining detailed and broad book"

    It kept going and going, and I never lost my interest. It is about Einstein's science, person and life.

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    andferdinand Moorestown, NJ 05-28-16
    andferdinand Moorestown, NJ 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lovely listen"

    Brilliant addition to my cross country drive. Engaging look into the life and time of one of the wisest among us

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    Xiomara D. 05-24-16
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    The book works in 99% of all its levels with the sole exception being that sometimes it is a bit of a challenge to grasp and fully understand the theories by merely hearing them once.

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    Leandro Silva 05-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    great book! heavy in theory, politics and does a great job at explaining the effect einstein had on history.

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    Dong 05-08-16
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    shows what einstein was really like. great reader as well! i feel richer from this experience

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    Donne E. California, USA 04-22-16
    Donne E. California, USA 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply beautiful. Great story of a great man."

    I've taken a few physics courses (even an introductory quantum mechanics course) but I am no physicist. A lot of the concepts were still hard to grasp and I had to rewind pretty often. But I think you dont need to fully understand every physical concenpt to enjoy this book. Einstein's life and the characters and events around him are actually really interesting. As if this were a fictional novel, I actually found myself getting attached to a lot of the characters here, especially Einstein. It makes me feel like I had known him myself, and I wish I could have met him in person. I agree with many of his values and I think keeping them in mind will do great things for our society. Overall, this audiobook has been beautiful experience that anyone with an open mind should try.

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    Travis Braucht 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Seems very well done!"

    Well written. Well explained. Well read. I think I understand him and his life better.

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    Stuart Shulman Amherst, MA, US 04-12-16
    Stuart Shulman Amherst, MA, US 04-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Perfect Book"

    Fascinating and inspiring. An excellent reading. I enjoyed this book immensely and felt uplifted and enlightened by it. As the book closed, tears poured forth. Listen to this book to get to know the "locksmith" of the universe.

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    Donn La Canada, CA, United States 04-10-16
    Donn La Canada, CA, United States 04-10-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A remarkable interpretation of a remarkable person."

    Mr. Isaacson's portrayal of what it means to be human and objective via the person of Albert Einstein is and should be rewarding to all of us.
    Thank you Walter (a fan of Jay)
    From: Donn Sarbaum


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