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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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    PedroD 03-23-16
    PedroD 03-23-16

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    "Doesn't shy away from getting into the science"

    I loved this audio book! I found it informational, inspiring, and challenging. As a man of science - an engineer rather than a physicist - I found the descriptions of his and other theories to be in depth enough to challenge my understanding and leave me thirsty for more reading and a better understanding. I really enjoyed the language used to convey Einstein's story. I found it fittingly elegant. Finally, I found the story of his life entertaining and informational. I can't recommend this product highly enough.

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    Anon E Mouse 03-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A great man in addition to a great scientist"

    Once again Mr. Isaacson produces a biography which provides exceptional insight on the subject at hand. Listening will provide you with a clear understanding of why Einstien was able to develop insights that others were not. Amazingly, he never won the noble prize for his greatest accomplishments - the special and general theories of relatively. This bio provides much more beyond a clear understanding of Einstein's contributions. Einstein was extremely compassionate and made many lasting contributions to society that went beyond science. This is a worthwhile listen about an exceptional human being.

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    AbdulRaoph Victoria, BC, Canada 03-17-16
    AbdulRaoph Victoria, BC, Canada 03-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth it"

    It discusses both of his life and his theories. I highly recommend especially if you know nothing about Einstein but that he a genius.

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    Lisa Blum 03-14-16
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    "Unbelievable. Just fantastic."

    I learned everything I could ever have wondered about Albert Einstein's life, science, and politics, and was able to understand his cosmic concepts due to simple imagery and patient explanation. As a bonus, I learned much more about early Europe, Russia, politics, pitfalls, and US history than I ever expected. This book was absolutely engaging. I did not want it to end. The lessons in tolerance and humility are for us all. This story is timeless.

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    Kurt 03-13-16
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    way thru, plz &tkx u kurtskimojo felt the real history. took me back to qa time I can only dream about. how facinating it all happened just a while ago.

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    Anna Liza M. Gaspar 03-11-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "Passionately curious"

    Einstein's focus and passion is something beyond admirable and something I want to have as well. How can someone learn to be passionately curious?

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    Jenelle R. Embrey 03-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Fascinating! !"

    I loved this book. The writer did a beautiful job and the narration was excellent.

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    Karen Johnson 03-03-16

    Karen Johnson, CPA, MBA is a Business Coach Certified by FocalPoint Business Coaching, powered by Brian Tracy

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    "Inside one of the greatest minds in history"

    The history of Einstein's life was fascinating. From his almost unimaginable developing of new theory to his difficulties in his own life. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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    Greedisourenemy 02-28-16
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    "Informative but not Engrossing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This biography is...long. I'm struggling to finish it because it just doesn't have a lot of spark, the narrator is rather dull and well, it just goes on and on. I really like biographies in general but this one is hard for me to stay with. It is interesting to learn more about Einstein and have the inconsistencies and false stories revealed, I just wish it could be one with a better style and pace.


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    bjornhenry-foodevangelist Trondheim, Norway 02-21-16
    bjornhenry-foodevangelist Trondheim, Norway 02-21-16

    Infopreneur and foodevangelist, 72. Married since 1965. Two children and 5 grand children. Love my family, seafood, fishing and walking.

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    "Einstein Mastermind!"

    Walter Isaacson is able to show us not only the Mastermind, but also the artist, essayist, husbond, father, grandfather and in fact the complete man. Einstein! Bravo!

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