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Einstein's Dreams

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)

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A modern classic, Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, and people are fated to repeat their triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

Translated into 30 languages, Einstein's Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.

©1993 Alan Lightman (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Inspirational

A story that brought about deep thoughts and new perspectives that I never would have thought of.

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Mind opening but repetitive

This made me think through the aspects of what time means in our world and I enjoyed the parables and vignettes, just found them to be very repetitive. Narration on point by GG, as usual.

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What is Time?

It is in every imagination and every vignette of this book. It is the thing we flow with and rebel against. It is the very thing that keeps us from understanding a loved one, a friend or foe. It is within us and beyond us.

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Heady, thought-provoking snippets

This rich, imaginative series of views on time and physics excites the mind. From "stickiness" to reversal, each short chapter gives the reader some abstract way to re-think or rearrange time. Who would think time could be so fluid? An easy, but powerful read.

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not my kind of book

I didn't enjoy this. If you like esoteric and quantum thoughts you might get something out of it.

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Bore...

Droning repetitive hysterianically narrated story. Going into infinitesimal details of unimportant sceneries and events and emotions. Very disappointed. This covers it.

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  • Kim H.
  • 03-05-19

A very interesting perspective on time

Makes you wonder about time and the outlook on your life when you take a step back and ponder on the short stories this book portrays. Make you ask what if. A great short listen!

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  • KC
  • 04-14-18

Exploring time - a surreal experience

This was an interesting and unusual experience that felt much like a dream itself - clever, absorb bit not always comfortable

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  • JD
  • 01-24-18

Spectacular

These ideas and the way they are written, is a spectacular dance of literary brilliance.