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    • Einstein's Dreams

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 121
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspirational

    • By Kaleb Biladeau on 09-22-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is the result of these seemingly contradictory impulses, written as an extended meditation on an island in Maine, where Lightman and his wife spend their summers. Framing the dialogue between religion and science as a contrast between absolutes and relatives, Lightman explores our human quest for truth and meaning and the different methods of religion and science in that quest. Along the way, he draws from sources ranging from St. Augustine's conception of absolute truth to Einstein's relativity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I've been looking for this book all my life.

    • By ashepler on 07-24-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • In Praise of Wasting Time

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Alan Lightman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In this timely and essential audiobook that offers a fresh take on the qualms of modern day life, Professor Alan Lightman investigates the creativity born from allowing our minds to freely roam, without attempting to accomplish anything and without any assigned tasks. With In Praise of Wasting Time, Professor Alan Lightman documents the rush and heave of the modern world, suggests the technological and cultural origins of our time-­driven lives, and examines the many values of "wasting time".

    Regular price: $14.17

    • A Sense of the Mysterious

    • Science and the Human Spirit
    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In these brilliant essays, Lightman explores the emotional life of science, the power of imagination, the creative moment, and the alternate ways in which scientists and humanists think about the world. Along the way, he provides in-depth portraits of some of the great geniuses of our time, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, and astronomer Vera Rubin. Thoughtful, beautifully written, and wonderfully original, A Sense of the Mysterious confirms Alan Lightman's unique position at the crossroads of science and art. 

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Accidental Universe

    • The World You Thought You Knew
    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
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      4 out of 5 stars 96

    With all the passion, curiosity, and precise yet lyrical prose that have marked his previous books, Alan Lightman here explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind. He looks at the difficult dialogue between science and religion, the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature, the possibility that our universe is simply an accident, the manner in which modern technology has separated us from direct experience of the world, and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spiritual Atheist Laments

    • By Michael on 02-16-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Power of Mysteries

    • A 'This I Believe' Essay
    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.

    Regular price: $1.88

    • Ghost

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Christopher Price
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    David is a modest man who works in a bank, lives in a rooming house, and enjoys books and quiet walks by the lake. Three months after unexpectedly being fired from his job, he takes a temporary position at a mortuary. There, sitting alone in the "slumber room" one late afternoon, he sees something he cannot comprehend, something no science can explain, something that will force him to question everything he believes in, including himself.  

    Regular price: $16.95

    • Reunion

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In mid-life, Charles, a mildly successful, divorced professor at a "leafy little college" who has traded his youthful passions for reduced expectations, attends his 30th college reunion. When he sees a model of the campus as it was in his day, he is drawn back into his memories, where his 22-year-old self carries on a passionate affair with a beautiful dancer named Juliana.

    Regular price: $19.93

    • The Diagnosis

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    On his way to work one morning, Bill Chalmers suddenly discovers that he cannot remember where he is going, what he is meant to be doing or, indeed, who he is. He remembers only one thing, "The Maximum Information in the Minimum Time", his company's motto. But when his memory returns, it is accompanied by a numbness that gradually affects his entire body.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Diagnosis

    • By deb on 04-21-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Mr g

    • A Novel about the Creation
    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 124
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      4 out of 5 stars 102
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 102

    “As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.” So begins Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr. g, the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope, Mr. g creates time, space, and matter - then moves on to stars, planets, consciousness, and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Universe: A Fable

    • By Diane on 09-04-12
    • A Novel about the Creation
    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 01-24-12
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 124 ratings

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Screening Room

    • Family Pictures
    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Alan Lightman's grandfather, M. A. Lightman, was the family's undisputed patriarch: it was his movie-theater empire that catapulted the family to prominence in the South, his fearless success that both galvanized and paralyzed his descendants, haunting them for a half century after his death. In this lyrical and impressionistic memoir, Lightman writes about returning to Memphis in an attempt to understand the people he so eagerly left behind forty years earlier.

    Regular price: $20.97