• A Beautiful Mind

  • The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
  • By: Sylvia Nasar
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-30-01
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (232 ratings)

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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.
©2001 Sylvia Nasar, All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

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

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By B. W. Larsen on 03-01-03

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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33 of 34 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By G. Robert on 01-29-03

More real than the movie

Made Nash a real person. Not as romantic but genuine.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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