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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Alpert Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780743572866
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Columbia University professor David Swift is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist who’s been brutally attacked. With his last words, the dying man gives his former pupil a seemingly random string of numbers that could hold the key to Einstein’s last and greatest secret: Einheitliche Feldtheorie. The Theory of Everything. Einstein’s theory—a set of equations that could explain all the forces of nature—would have revolutionized our understanding of the universe. But Einstein never discovered it … or did he?

Within hours, David is arrested by the FBI and taken to a secret interrogation center. But the FBI isn’t the only faction pursuing Einstein’s long-hidden theory. A Russian mercenary wants David to talk, and he’ll do whatever it takes. On the run for his life, David teams up with an old girlfriend, a brilliant Princeton scientist, and frantically tries to piece together Einstein’s final theory to reveal its staggering consequences.We used E=mc2 to build the atom bomb …What could we do with the key to creation?

Seamlessly weaving science, history, and politics with an intriguing love story, Final Theory expertly combines fact with fiction in a heart-pounding, action-packed plot that will have you riveted until its explosive end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deliciously explosive premise and a breakneck plot.” 

    Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wow! Einstein would have loved this book. It’s a great thriller, it has a sure feel for politics, and the science is both fun and solid. He always dreamed that he would discover a unified theory that explained all of nature’s forces. Now this book makes the quest come alive.”

    Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein 

  • “Alpert has a rare gift for combining cutting-edge science with an unrelenting pace and edge-of-the-seat action. An impressive debut.” 

    Kyle Mills, New York Times bestselling author of Rising Phoenix 

  • “A physics-based version of the Da Vinci Code…The work of an expert with a pertinent skill.” 

    New York Times 

  • “The relentless action, including one giant twist and plenty of smaller ones, builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A strikingly sweet-natured yet satisfyingly barbed high-tech, high-stakes adventure.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/20/2014

    " This "thriller" moves slow in parts, but moves the plot forward in a compelling and interesting way. Somewhat of an implausible character twist adds to an entertaining denouement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mysteryfan | 2/18/2014

    " It's a nice scientific thriller where the Macguffin is a theory by Einstein with the potential to be the Grand Unifying Theory. I liked it enough to read his second book The Omega Theory, where the Final Theory is used to create a weapon. I learned a lot about the theory that the universe is a giant computer program and we're all information caches. Now I feel bad about clearing my computer cache "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Stuart | 2/9/2014

    " Unbelievable characters and action. Just fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 2/8/2014

    " I wanted to like this science thriller, but there was no science and very little thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/7/2014

    " This was a good beach read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tinker | 1/29/2014

    " It was OK, an exciting read,but I thought the ending was kind of lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " Great thriller and I liked the way he made physics interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 11/8/2013

    " David Swift, a Columbia professor, is given a string of numbers by his dying mentor and told to protect "IT" at all costs. He learns that this may be the key to Einstein's Unified Theory and it seems that any number of groups are willing to kill to get it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cori | 11/7/2013

    " A thriller that made physics interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/27/2013

    " Somewhat interesting plot involving physics and the pursuit of a unified theory, but the writing was cliche ridden and the dialogue too routine for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 8/3/2013

    " A pretty good mystery, but too much detail about Einsteins's physics. I like science, but my eyes glazed over those parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Incertae | 4/23/2013

    " Very much a Dan Brown-esque read. Very easy to get into and then highly predictable towards the end. Hence my reading pace slowed the further I got in! Not quite as slick as Dan Brown. Both made me feel a bit dirty tbh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/2/2013

    " this was gripping and an intriguing concept. What if Einstein had found a theory of Everything that explained everything...what lengths would people go to in order to get this theory... fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendall | 3/20/2013

    " Final Theory attracted me because of the science connection, only to find the plot heaps implausibility on top of implausibility. Maybe that's what thrillers do nowadays, but it makes me feel put upon. Sorry, no recommendations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Kester | 1/29/2013

    " My first by this author. His first book too. I would read him again. Sometimes a little too technical, but suspensful till almost the end with a few curves in there. Of course, the good guy purvails and the bad guys get their just do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/15/2011

    " Interesting plot and very believable, for a sci-fi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 10/27/2011

    " DaVinci Code wannabee only with physics. The hero spends his time fighting off everyone looking for Einstein's unifying theory. Predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 10/6/2011

    " I would rate this higher except there is a lot of swearing and violence in it. It was fast paced and interesting. The author did well in explaining many of the parts having to do with physics - which made me want to read more about physics and Einstein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/23/2011

    " Physics' answer to Dan Brown. An entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " suspense in Crichton vein, pretty standard susp "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/31/2011

    " Interesting read about some einstein theories. Good mix of science, suspense and some gore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah | 3/1/2011

    " This book included lots of scientific stuff and theories in it. It's a book that keeps me entertained when I'm bored, or I would want to read. A book I would recommend!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/5/2011

    " I'd rate it 3.5 if I could. It's not bad, but it has the feel of a first novel where he pushed a little too hard in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tinker | 12/13/2010

    " It was OK, an exciting read,but I thought the ending was kind of lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 9/24/2010

    " Descent plot, but it plods a bit for a supposed thriller.

    The main character is well-defined, but the other characters could have been anyone really. The book picked up at the end, thus earning a place on my shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angi | 9/22/2010

    " it was nice..with a good plot.. but the da vinice code is way better
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/24/2010

    " A decent read but somewhat formulaic. I enjoyed it and tore through it in less time than it usually takes me to finish other books, so I think that's a good sign. The depictions of the government cracked me up, but I could see how that might turn some off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benedicte | 7/17/2010

    " It was okay. I didn't really like the characters, and his style of writing, was a little dull. good level of action though. "

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About the Author

Mark Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University, and wrote his undergraduate thesis on the application of Einstein’s theory of relativity to Flatland, a model universe with only two spatial dimensions. His resulting paper was published in the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation in 1984 and has been cited in more than one hundred physics papers since. After earning an MFA in poetry at Columbia and working as a reporter, he became an editor at Scientific American, where he simplifies bewildering scientific ideas for the magazine’s readers, explaining concepts such as string theory, extra dimensions, and parallel universes. He also contributed articles to Popular Mechanics and wrote copy in the 1990s for CNN’s Moneyline. His short story “My Life with Joanne Christiansen” was published in the 1990s in Playboy. His first novel, Final Theory—the first in a series—is a thriller that incorporates many of the technologies and ideas found in Scientific American. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children and is a proud member of Scientific American’s softball team, the Big Bangers.

About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.