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Editorial 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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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GENIUS

Excellent in all respects. Recommend for anyone with an interest science in science, math or genius.

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Engaging, personal recount of Einstein's life

This audiobook proved to be an inspirational and intimate insight into whom Einstein was as a scientist and human. His life: his romances, acquaintances and struggles; all are encapsulated in this outstanding audiobook.

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fantastic narrator - great book

The narrator truely makes this audiobook a great listen. You start to get the sense that his voice is Einstein's when he gives quotes, even actively knowing they are nothing alike. He recounts Einstein's life, from a brief synopsis of childhood, and through until his death. Although his scientific achievements are covered, this is primarily a book about the life of Einstein, and how we can perceive him through the records left and words of those closest to him. I got this audiobook for free when taking a break from Audible (was offered in order for me to stay with Audible) but if I knew it would be so good, I would gladly have payed for it.

This is a fantastic audiobook, and one of the best non-fiction narrators I have come across. I would recommend the authors other books as well as the narrators if Einstein isn't your thing!

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Awesome

My father suggested this book to me. I honestly thought I knew enough about Einstein, but wow. I was wrong. I learned so much and really enjoyed how much it shed light on his complex character.

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Favorite ebook

This is my favorite eBook so far. The story is not rushed and the details are compelling. I particularly appreciate the history and characters Einstein interacts with. An inspiring story.

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glad I listened

I got this book even though I know nothing about physics. I still don't lol but it certainly gives one some mysteries of life to ponder. It is also a fascinating recounting of an era of turbulent history and never ending racial and religious profiling. Eisenstein foresaw the future and really had a grasp on the destiny of mankind. Well narrated.

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What a journey!

I felt like I stalked Einstein throughout his life and had a professor explain things I didn't get. The narration was great and the story captivating.

Einstein, I miss you already.

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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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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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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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