Einstein: His Life and Universe

Written by:
Walter Isaacson
Narrated by:
Edward Herrmann

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2007
7 hours 19 minutes
Winner of the 2008 Audie Award for Biography/Memoir

The definitive, internationally bestselling biography of Albert Einstein. Now the basis of Genius, the ten-part National Geographic series on the life of Albert Einstein, starring the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award­–winning actor Geoffrey Rush as Einstein.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how Einstein’s scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Einstein 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.

Einstein, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller, is a brilliantly acclaimed account of the most influential scientist of the twentieth century, “an illuminating delight” (The New York Times). The basis for the National Geographic series Genius, by the author of The Innovators, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.
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Donn Edwards

If you enjoy a good scientific puzzle, you'll love this book. If you enjoy history and biographies, you'll find it fascinating. I found myself being enthralled by the "thought experiments" that characterized Einstein's work, plus all the historical events and controversies of the day that impacted on Einstein's life. I can thoroughly recommend this book.

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Near the half way point, the narration stops being linear and often skips many sections at a time, sometimes even entire chapters, only to come back to them at a later point. This makes it impossible to follow along as context is skipped. Don't waste your money! Unacceptable quality.

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