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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780743572248
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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 proposed Unified 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 to force David to talk—and he will 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 real science, history, and politics with an intriguing love story, Final Theory expertly combines fact and fiction with nonstop heart-pounding action in a plot that will have you riveted until its explosive end. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Final Theory is a stupendous read! Real characters, real science, a deliciously explosive premise, and a breakneck plot combine to make this one of the finest science-based thrillers to appear in a long time.” 

    Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “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 that quest come alive.” 

    Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein

  • “Anyone who reads the first few pages will be hooked…It’s a smart, suspenseful page-turner—perfect beach reading for the physics geek who likes a dose of action with their equations.” 

    New Scientist

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

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 2/13/2014

    " The story is based on Einstein having formulated the unifying theorem, but then was frightened by its implications. He did not publish, but did share parts of it with some young understudies. 40 or so years later, there is some leaking of the esistance of the theory and there is a rush to capture. Some flavors of the TV show 24 are in the plot line. Alpert is a staff writer for Scientific American. The plot line is good, but as a writer he needs to work on the dialog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/28/2014

    " suspense in Crichton vein, pretty standard susp "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Kester | 1/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Crooks | 1/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/12/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casper Borly | 1/11/2014

    " Hmm...unless you're very much into physics and/or a crime story enthusiast you will be bored. Probably even if you are interested in those two subject. The plot has several flaws that in the end becomes quite annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kapil | 1/3/2014

    " awesome plot and story... but ending didn't please me much.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 May | 12/30/2013

    " First time reading anything by this author, and was delighted to find it a good story, well-paced, with nice twists. Looking forward to his other stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/29/2013

    " Quick read, interesting. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rocky Ybarra | 12/2/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed it. Has elements of suspense and subtle mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/31/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/26/2013

    " A thriller from the very begining. This book is the type of book that keeps you up late at night. You don't want to go to bed till you know what happens next. It is constant action. I liked it so much that I'm getting the sequel -- "The Omega Theory". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PastAllReason | 6/22/2013

    " I bought this book having recognized Mark Alpert's name from Scientific American magazine. The book really does not disappoint. It's a thriller with Einstein and The Theory of Everything at the centre. Good physics in a good plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 4/26/2013

    " If you're into thrillers with a solid science background, you'll like the book. I thought it was entertaining and well-written, although at times, no matter how simple the author tried to make the science, it still went over my head. Nevertheless, entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Cufari | 12/2/2012

    " A fast-pasced story for car listening. Scary thought that formulas, information, plan might be out there that would cause such violence in the world. Makes on ponder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sj | 11/18/2012

    " Just what I look for in an audiobook. It's not something that would make it to the top of my TBR pile, but it was entertaining and didn't require too much of my attention while listening to it in the car. I'm disappointed that the sequel doesn't seem to be available on audio CD. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aparna | 8/22/2012

    " Very Dan Brown ish, but I did enjoy it in bits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 6/25/2012

    " The mathematical information and hypothesis in this book were interesting and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/7/2012

    " This was a good beach read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/9/2012

    " The science in this book is fun: it's cutting edge and impossible to wrap your brain around but it's always fun to try. We have a neighbor who specializes in detection of "neutrinos" and this book is a great primer for lame attempts at cocktail conversation with him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon Clifford | 2/23/2012

    " this book has a lot more to offer that just your average action thriller. physics history, and good character development. who will find the hidden lost eintein theory that could destroy the world? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobi | 1/27/2012

    " TONS of swearing -- mostly the F word. Didn't appreciate that. The concept was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/23/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 7/14/2011

    " Very tedious at times. Had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/17/2011

    " It was action packed, but really the physics of it all was over my head. wish I started with the first in the series.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 5/17/2011

    " I enjoyed the scientific theory behind the plot - and it dovetails perfectly with the latest from Stephen Hawking about the creation of the universe. But I didn't find that it "crackles with suspense" as promised on the book cover... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/4/2011

    " Good momentum. I enjoyed it. Ending not so great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/1/2011

    " I thought this book was much better than his first and do look forward to his third as the characters become more developed.. I do enjoy ALbert's technical jargon.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaon | 1/24/2011

    " The universe has been saved once again - at least until the next installment. "

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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.