Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2007
CD ISBN 978-0-7435-6096-2 $29.95 Six CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-7435-6097-9 $17.95
Albert Einstein, like no other scientist before or after him, managed to become a celebrity on par with the biggest movie stars and athletes—despite the fact that most nonscientists have no idea why his work was so important. This new biography helps explain the phenomenon by bringing out Einstein the human being, as well as the great physicist. Edward Herrmann, who also reads the unabridged recording, gets everything right in this briefer edition. The abridgment is occasionally choppy—perhaps unavoidably so—but nonetheless covers many interesting periods in the genius's life. Herrmann reads slowly and deliberately when explaining a principle of relativity, then switches to a more breezy style when relating biographical events. Like Einstein's own, it's a winning formula. D.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 07]
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