A Beautiful Mind

  • by Sylvia Nasar
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner."Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did," came the answer. "So I took them seriously."Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age 30, when he slipped into madness. Thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim. The inspiration for a new motion picture starring Russell Crowe, Sylvia Nasar's award-winning biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over incredible adversity, and the healing power of love.


What the Critics Say

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Biography or Autobiography, 1998
"[This biography] could plausibly be described as a three-handkerchief read." (Wall Street Journal)
"Rarely has the fragility of the boundary separating genius from madness been illustrated with more compelling insight." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Abridged vs Unabridged

One of the other reviewers stated that she wished she had waited for the unabridged version of Sylvia Nasar's book.

I listened to this version and had the very same thoughts. What a great story, it provides a different perspective than the movie and if you liked the movie, you will likely not be feeling that the book is a "repeat."

So - when the unabridged version appeared, I picked it up as well. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.

Anna Fields is the narrator of the unabridged version and she made me realize what an impact the reader makes on a book. Sorry to say, but this narration (unabridged) cannot hold a candle to the superb job Edward Herrmann does for the abridged version.

It might be unfair to compare anyone to one of the best in the business (Herrmann), but this is a great example of how important it is to match the narrator to the book.

So - before you go for the unabridged version, try the samples for both and see if you agree that of the two versions, the narration by Edward Herrmann is absolutely stellar!
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- B. W. Larsen "Bj"

An Amazing Life Story

Having heard nothing about John Nash outside of the movie based on this book, listening to <U>A Beautiful Mind</U> proved to be an even better story about John Nash's amazing life for its realism and its lingering tragedy. Listening to this book, you understand how truly amazing Alicia was for "staying" with Nash. You learn the tragedy of their son's life.

The narration by Edward Herrmann is terrific. I highly recommend this abridged version because of Herrmann's great work. I may have to swing back and get the unabridged version because at 18 hours in length, there has to be much more to this story than this great abridgement has to tell.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-30-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio