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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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    Delta Lima 10-20-16
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    "Good stories but narration was hard to sit through"

    I would say that i highly prefer "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out", as that collection of Feynman stories was narrator by Sean Runnette, who has the Feynman Persona and sound down solid. Many of the stories in this book actually sounded cheesy, especially in the beginning but it was because of the narration. If i would stop and rethink of the story being told the way Feynman would, it settled a lot better with me.
    There really is a good set of stories, but the narration makes them hard to bare.

    I have the other book narrator by Raymond Todd, i almost wish i wouldn't have got it.

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    Lance J. Goyke 10-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent. Highly recommended."

    This is the only book I've listened to more than twice. amazing to hear this wide variety of stories. Feynman was such an interesting thinker. Highly recommended.

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    Matthew 10-15-16
    Matthew 10-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    The cronicles of one of the greatest minds to ever walk the earth written and narrated in a gripping way.

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    Pcurrier 10-01-16
    Pcurrier 10-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastically Entertaining!"

    Feynman's story leaves you on the edge of belief. To think that so many amazing things could happen to one man show just how, with the right mindset, you can conquer any goal. Great narration and fabulous stories!

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    Leslie r pressler San Diego 09-27-16
    Leslie r pressler San Diego 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Should be required reading/listening for everyone"

    Well written, thoughtful and entertaining book about his life in science and just exploring his interests. I love how he explores how his interests ranged from physics to art to music to the Mayans and how he became interested in these various fields at various times without it seeming confusing. His safecracking stories are inspiring.
    Narration was perfect for the subject.

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    Trevor Frese 09-27-16
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    "Don't fucking listen to this audiobook!!!"

    FUCK this narrator. He is so obnoxious and talks in accents and mimics girls voices as high pitched and he's not funny at all and doesn't understand Richard Feynman at all.
    Literally he ruined this book for me. The book is great on its own but it's read by some fucking idiot guy who thinks he's funny and isn't at all. Jokes and humor don't derive from dumb accents and subtly racist accents.

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    Z 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny and yet incredibly intellectual"

    This audiobook is great, it's almost hard to believe Feynman lead this awesome a life.

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    Hofforbucky 09-21-16
    Hofforbucky 09-21-16
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    "A life well lived."

    I enjoyed peering into the mind of the author and appreciated his honesty on social and science issues. Well read by Mr Todd, a good book for people with or without a science background.

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    S 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Restores my faith in science!"

    This book is a most excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed the antics & jokes that Feynman recounted. The theme was not the science/physics but about the fun that came from a life that revolves around those disciplines.

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    Paul M. Branum 09-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Lessons for future scientist and other humans...."

    One of my all time favorites. Funny, incisive, and a serious lesson for the complexities of modern education and research.

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