Relativity

The Special and the General Theory
Narrated by: Julian Lopez-Morillas
Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Albert Einstein described Relativity as a "popular explosion" of his famous theory. Written in 1916, it introduced the lay audience to the remarkable perspective that had overturned theoretical physics. Einstein's genius was to express this perspective in understandable terms.

Public Domain (P)2009 Highbridge

Critic Reviews

"Einstein's book is not casual reading, but for those who appreciate his work without diving into the arcana of theoretical physics, Relativity will prove a stimulating read." (Amazon.com review)

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Unbearable Narration Drink Water

The narrator seems to pause at every sentence or thought to smack his lips. I wish someone would have given him a glass of water, because he sounds like he’s suffering. His cadence is flat, and his tone is stuffy and arrogant. Einstein’s book is not an easy read to begin with, but the torture of the cotton-mouthed narrator makes this purchase regretful for me.

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Another Absolute Must have

A Must have book for anyone intersted in the brillant mind of Einstein, or anyone interested in the field. more of a Must have as a reference book.

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Good intro to relativity

even though he tries to simple it down this still complicated for the average person good listening

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Great

Amazing to listen to the words of a dead genius. It is so so cool.

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The audio doesn't match the book!

This audible shortened, in a horrific manner, the book. Don't waste your money and your time!

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Was hoping for something more digestible

Maybe I should’ve done more research into what this title was actually about, but based upon what I read in the description, I was hoping it would be approachable for laypeople. I don’t want to discount Einstein’s work or findings — of course he was a genius and his discoveries mind-blowing. But, as a “book,” this one misses the mark a bit. Not that I’m a scientist, but I still thought I would’ve been able to understand this book better than I did. Unfortunately, it was a little too abstract and complicated for me. As I now go back through its reviews, it would appear as though this was a one-to-one translation of one of Einstein’s essays. Sure, maybe I should have figured that out earlier, but, again, based on the description, I didn’t expect that to be the case. Of course, none of that is to say this is a bad book; it still has some good takeaways. It just leaves something to be desired — a real, simple explanation of relativity, in everyday terms. Personally, I’ll be looking elsewhere for that. -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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educational

a little to advance linguistically speaking but a must have for physicist around the field of study

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Chase light and you'll forget how to read shadow

Written by a genius and is genius! Of course even though I am cultured enough to know english terms it does strike me to have odd analogies mostly due to it given age. Its fun to go to the beginning and put the original ideas into concepts that are now practiced so frequently. Its fun to listen and go, "Oh this is how he proved the world turns around the sun!" This book made my existence become 1D as neither T or x, y, or z was relevant only the words seeping deep within my brain..

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OK

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not for me. It talks about this book being dumbed down for the average person and some parts are but it seems to me that I must be dumber than I think because the scientific content got above my head after the 1st hour or so mainly because it was moving so fast from concept to concept. I've always been interested in relativity and have read some short explanations that made much more sense of the theory than this book did. I think you need a decent amount of knowledge about the subject to be able to follow this unless you really slow it down and replay certain parts over and over.

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Can't stand listening to the reader.

The reader's voice is fine. However, it's driving me NUTS to hear him swallow and make mouth noises in between paragraphs. When will these publishes start editing these annoying things out. If this type of thing bothers you too beware.

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