A Beautiful Mind

  • by Sylvia Nasar
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged 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 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

Audie Award Winner, Nonfiction (Abridged) 2003
"A remarkable look into the arcane world of mathematics and the tragedy of madness." (The New York Times Book Review)
"One of the few scientific biographies that 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 than in this biography." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Reality is often more interesting than fiction

I have found few books online that I have not been able to put down, but this was one. I am amazed as to how much information survived about John Nash's history--the author has done an admirable job of pulling it all together.

Dont let the mathematical themes scare you either. Although the technical side of John Nash is well represented, the focus of the biography is on Dr. Nash's personal story--a story that is both inspirational and disturbing.

I have not heard the unabridged version, but found no trouble getting through the full version. In fact, by the end of the recording I was sorry it was so short.

In contrast to the first reviewer, I found the narrator to be very good. The comment that the narrator sounded like a psychiatrist may be because psychiatric topics are discussed (a key part of Nash's life was his scitzophrenia), not because the reading is dry.

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- Peter

I wanted to like it but just couldn't get there!!

I tried each of the CD's I burned. Was on a long road trip and was looking forward to listening to this book. The reader puts me to sleep. The content sounds more like a textbook for a Psychiatry class. How they made an Academy Award movie from this book is a miracle. Don't waste your time with this one............unless you have insomnia.
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- Brenda "brenwalt"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2002
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.