Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Written by:
Albert Einstein
Narrated by:

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
3 hours 41 minutes
This is an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. Einstein’s theories shocked the world with their counterintuitive results, including the dissolution of absolute time. In this book he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. In the words of Einstein: “The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” The book is challenging at times but, when approached patiently, proves itself one of the most lucid explanations of Relativity to be found anywhere. [Due to transcription or optical character recognition errors in creating online texts, and because of less-than-clear fonts in some printed texts, the variables as read in some of the equations here are not as Einstein intended. For example, the numeral 'one' has frequently been printed and read as the letter 'I.' In addition, some equations do not translate well into the spoken word. If you require completely accurate renditions of Einstein's mathematical formulas, we suggest that you consult a published text.
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Steve P.

The narrator is terrible. Einstein's theory is difficult enough but when told by someone whose native language is clearly not English renders understanding almost impossible.

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Jeremy Webb

I would give the narrator less than one star if possible. She doesn't have an ugly voice but she mumbles and speaks too softly. Her voice is perfect for a bedtime story not a scientific book.

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Padraig D.

Sound quality rubbish

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Mark W.

Narration is very poor. And the mistake of thinking that a 1 was the letter I shows she has no concept about the subject she's reading. On the other hand this is made by some open source audio company audiovox, which puts the recordings in the public domain and solicits volunteer readers. Hopefully isn't chargins us for an public domain recording, that would be cheesy. So I gave it a compromise 3 star.

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I'm curious where the other comments are coming from. The narration and sound quality is fine and perfectly understandable.

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good book very interesting

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So interesting

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Desislava M.

The first narrator was somewhat lisping; the second one’s voice and pronunciation is so totally unsuitable for the content, more so for a romantic or erotic book. The quality of the sound is also bad.

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Genecy Salas

I love the book. One of the narrators, I believe her last name is Lu, has an amazing voice, but it doesn't sound good when she reads a science book. Her voice is too soft and sounds like she was trying to hard on sounding that way. I hated all her whispering. Narrators Peter and M.L Collin were perfect for this book I give them a ????????????????????

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Rebekah Lehman

The narrator mumbles through her dialogue. Clarity is needed for these types of readings and she sounds like she has something in her mouth.

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