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Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Albert Einstein

Narrated By: Various Narrators

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2011

Duration: 3 hours 41 minutes


This is an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. Einstein’s theories shocked the world with their counterintuitive results, including the dissolution of absolute time. In this book he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. In the words of Einstein: “The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” The book is challenging at times but, when approached patiently, proves itself one of the most lucid explanations of Relativity to be found anywhere. [Due to transcription or optical character recognition errors in creating online texts, and because of less-than-clear fonts in some printed texts, the variables as read in some of the equations here are not as Einstein intended. For example, the numeral 'one' has frequently been printed and read as the letter 'I.' In addition, some equations do not translate well into the spoken word. If you require completely accurate renditions of Einstein's mathematical formulas, we suggest that you consult a published text.


  • Jeremy Webb

    I would give the narrator less than one star if possible. She doesn't have an ugly voice but she mumbles and speaks too softly. Her voice is perfect for a bedtime story not a scientific book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Steve P.

    The narrator is terrible. Einstein's theory is difficult enough but when told by someone whose native language is clearly not English renders understanding almost impossible.

  • Genecy Salas

    I love the book. One of the narrators, I believe her last name is Lu, has an amazing voice, but it doesn't sound good when she reads a science book. Her voice is too soft and sounds like she was trying to hard on sounding that way. I hated all her whispering. Narrators Peter and M.L Collin were perfect for this book I give them a ????????????????????

  • Rebekah Lehman

    The narrator mumbles through her dialogue. Clarity is needed for these types of readings and she sounds like she has something in her mouth.

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