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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edwin A. Abbott Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400185481
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As a satire, Flatland offers pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions; in a foreword to one of the many publications of the novella, noted science writer Isaac Asimov described Flatland as “the best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions.” As such, the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics, and computer science students.

The story is about a two-dimensional world referred to as Flatland. All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. The amiable narrator, A Square, provides an overview of this fantastic world—its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs, and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to Spaceland, a land of three dimensions, his worldview is forever shattered.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 5/7/2011

    " Very hard to read in some places. . . but it had some interesting analogies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathan | 5/6/2011

    " Two dimensional worlds, victorian culture, and geometry. Highly recommended for anyone that wants an introduction into perceiving dimensions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/2/2011

    " Such affection for this book. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carina | 4/26/2011

    " watching big bang made me remember this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 4/26/2011

    " Flatland literally changed the way I think about the world. A must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriel | 4/23/2011

    " As much as I want to recommend a metaphorical/fictional presentation of mathematical / geometric ways of thinking, I’m sorry to say I found this book to be severely overrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nuno J. | 4/14/2011

    " A book which explains you how a four-dimension space can be as natural as the three-dimension spaces or two-dimension spaces we are used to (at least in high school mathematics). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillian | 4/12/2011

    " Best read aloud. The satire is much more obvious that way, and the language simply fun. A good book for thinking about mathematics and one's place in the universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 4/7/2011

    " Not exactly fantastic prose, but very mind-expanding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " I read this book for my English class. While there were parts of it that were interesting, this book just couldn't hold my attention. It actually made me fall asleep once. It got marginally better in the second half, but if you can avoid reading this book, then I would, if I were you. "

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About the Author
Author Edwin A. Abbott

Edwin A. Abbott (1838–1926) has been ranked as one of the leading scholars and theologians of the Victorian era. He received highest honors in mathematics, classics, and theology at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and in 1862 began a brilliant career, during which he served as schoolmaster of some of England’s outstanding schools. At the same time he distinguished himself as a scholar, and in 1889 he retired to his studies. Although Flatland, a literary jeu d’esprit, has given pleasure to thousands of readers over many generations, Abbott is best known for his scholarly works, especially his Shakespearian Grammar and his life of Francis Bacon, and for a number of theological discussions.

About the Narrator

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.