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With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. In addition to solving the mystery of liquid helium, Feynman has been commissioned to paint a naked female toreador and asked to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He has traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.
©1985 by Richard P. Feynman (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Critiques

"A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." ( Time)

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Absolutely awesome

Incredible and candid insights into the life an inner workings of a curious, extra-ordinary and truly great man.

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  • Brad Grimm
  • 09/11/2009

Hilarious and inspiring

I didn't know quite what to expect with this book. But I found Feynman's life to be quite inspiring, and hilarious every step of the way. I didn't know his name before, but he's an instant idol of mine.

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  • Citizen
  • 17/02/2015

Pleasant and amusing story about an eccentric

Feynman is probably one of the most charismatic physicists in history. This narrator captures his "voice" with delightful nuance.

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  • Kathy
  • 31/10/2011

Likeable, entertaining man!

The narration was perfection, and I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author himself narrating. It's a sort of stream-of-consciousness telling of the many events in his life that define his quirky curiosity and intelligence. Entertaining and humorous--loved it!

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  • Cher R. Eaves
  • 07/10/2007

Endearing

This book demonstrates that the most brilliant teacher of the 20th century was also a dear man. No lukewarm list of achievements, this spyglass peeks in on the daily life of genius as child through his extraordinary and colorful life.

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  • Ellen
  • 17/02/2004

What was Mr. Feynman like?

If you have any idea of the influence this scientist on the world of physics you should love hearing how he came up with his ideas. If you don't all the more reason to learn about this unique and fastinating man. I had a great deal of trouble with the tone of the narrator and found it distracting. I prefer a straight read without an attempt to mimic the speach of the author. This is subjective, but you might want to check it out to see if you would prefer to read than listen to this fastinating book. A look into the thought processes of a genius. Check it out!

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  • Andrew
  • 27/06/2003

A wonderful book...

I'd heard of this guy but had never got around to actually reading any of his books. This is a great way to get to know Mr Feynman without getting into physics, maths, etc. The narrator does an amazing job. By far the best book I have read/listened in a long time. And yes, I did laugh out loud in public a couple of times.

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  • S. Blaine
  • 03/03/2003

Well Worth the Read

If you don't openly smile while listening to this book (particularly the first 60% of it) then you've passed on. A physicist with a sense of humor should not be missed.

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  • Steven Petersen
  • 19/08/2006

My favorite audio book

I love this book - I'm actually listening to it for the second time, which I almost never do. I think the narrator takes the perfect tone for the material, and I found Feynman's stories to be fascinating and quite amusing - especially the parts about Los Alamos. I don't read or listen to many autobiographies, but by the end of this one I found myself regretting that I never met him.

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  • Charles Floading
  • 16/10/2007

Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader.

It's a testament to Feynman's interesting life and perspective that I was able to sit through a reading by what I consider the absolute worst reader ever. Listen to a sample of this one before buying it. The reader uses the same limited cadence and inflection for everything! From a funny story about a cocktail party to a death in the family, the reader's delivery is static. To make things worse, he reads everything with what sounds to me like a haughty, almost concieted tone. Feynman was well known for his self confidence, but not for arrogance.

As for the content of the book, only a small percentage is directly related to physics. This book has more insights on how to live life than anything.

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  • Miriam Lawrence
  • 15/09/2004

Terrible narration

I bought this title with great anticipation -- my husband has read all of Feynman's books and raved about them. And the book itself did seem promising. But for the first time in the many years now that I've been using Audible, I had to stop listening to this one just a chapter or so in, because the reader was so awful. He read every sentence in this strange, sing-songy voice that made me insane and had no relevance to the words he was reading. I just couldn't stand it anymore. I'll have to try to find the time to read Feynman's books in print. I strongly suggest listening to a sample before you purchase this one--maybe my reaction to the reader was a fluke, but better safe than sorry.

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  • Christopher
  • 17/03/2015

A beautiful mind

Witty and often times surprisingly unprofessorial episodes, stories and musings of a truly interested and alert thinking mind that often times amused me, educated me and restored my faith in science for if this is what scientists are like, forget about bank of Sweden prices, this is what a true teacher of life should be be like. Curious throughout his life!

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  • Malte Vetter
  • 07/05/2015

unterhaltsam und informativ

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Man bekommt einen guten Einblick in Feynmanns verrücktes Leben und man lernt auch einiges, zum Beispiel über die Qualität von Schulbüchern oder dem Knacken von Schränken, welche Unterlagen zum Bau von Atombomben enthalten.

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  • Jan
  • 07/03/2018

Worth the time

Wide range of lessons and principles far beyond just the field of physics. Humorously written and easy to binge. Plus great narrator who's engaged in what he does.

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  • Max
  • 07/07/2017

Awesome narrator

Best narrator I've ever listened to. Even if you already read the book, it's worth just because of the narrator. He has such a lively and entertaining way to read.
The book itself is also very interesting and entertaining.

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  • Marcel
  • 09/09/2016

#geht seinen weg

fesselnd bis zum schluss,
zwischendurch musste ich zurückspulen um die physik oder mathematik besser zu verstehen.
mister feynman, hervoragendes werk

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  • Moritz
  • 28/06/2017

very inspiring

great storry about a positive and authentic character who was a crucial part of shaping the last century

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