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Author: Richard P. Feynman Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1997 ISBN: 9781538462676
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Richard Feynman, one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, thrived on adventure. His outrageous exploits once shocked a Princeton dean’s wife to exclaim: “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!”

In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist recounts in his inimitable voice his experiences trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, painting a naked female toreador, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums, and much else of an eyebrow-raising and hilarious nature. Woven together with his views on science, Feynman’s life story is a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, eternal skepticism, and raging chutzpah.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. He proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Quintessential Feynman—funny, brilliant, bawdy…enormously entertaining.”

    New Yorker

  • “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

  • “Books like this are temptations—to give up reading and devote life to rereading…The book is as litmus paper: anyone who can read it without laughing out loud is bad crazy.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Buzzes with energy, anecdote, and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist.”

    Science Digest

  • “Mr. Feynman’s escapades are worthy of being read aloud…Raymond Todd seems to get as much pleasure out of the diversities of Feynman’s career as the scientist did through living them.”

    AudioFile

  • “Raymond Todd gives an extraordinary performance bringing to evanescent life the amusing adventures of this Nobel prize-winning physicist…Refreshingly honest, iconoclastic, thought-provoking, this one-of-a-kind classic is a must for every collection.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khalid | 5/4/2011

    " Dr.Feynman is truly a lifetime genius, the book is incredibly amazing and inspiring for all types of readers.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. | 5/3/2011

    " This was a kid who was in the middle of the making of the atomic bomb. But the picture you get here is of a restless and youthful soul open to hard work tempered by good fun. How can't you like the guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stan | 4/30/2011

    " Entertaining at times. Deadly boring at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/17/2011

    " This book chronicles the oddities that embodied the brilliant (and socially awkward) Richard Feynman. Really endearing tales that only lend to the charm and wit that encompassed his narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergey | 4/14/2011

    " The most entertaining biography book ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/11/2011

    " Feynman was quite a character, indeed. I liked many of his stories, particularly those from Los Alamos. I have quite a bit of respect for a Nobel prize winner in physics who thought it was critical to explain complex topics in simple terms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 4/10/2011

    " An entertaining and thought-provoking look into a great and whimsical mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 4/7/2011

    " This is a great book to read even if you have no interest in physics or science. He had a great outlook on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristian | 4/6/2011

    " What more needs to be said? This is the Feynman :) If as little as 25% of his retold antics had actually happened, the man would still be an inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iqbal | 4/5/2011

    " Awesome, Feyman talked about Physics in a very different way, the way that i couldn't imagine before, highly recommended :d "

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

    " A nerdy, sexist, funny guy who, while playing the bongos, chasing girls and picking safe boxes also happened to help create the atom bomb. "

About the Author

Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988) earned a BS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton. From 1942 to 1945, he assisted with the development of the atomic bomb. He then taught at Cornell and Caltech, where he contributed to the theories of superfluidity and quarks. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics.

About the Narrator

Raymond Todd is an actor and director in the theater as well as a poet and documentary filmmaker. He plays jazz trombone for the Leatherstocking quartet, an ensemble that gets its name from one of his favorite Blackstone narrations, The Deerslayer. Todd lives in New York.