A Beautiful Mind

  • by Sylvia Nasar
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle Award, Biography/Autobiography, 1999
John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of 30, dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians.But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards. He was all but forgotten by the outside world - until, remarkably, he emerged from his madness to win the Nobel Prize.
A true drama, A Beautiful Mind is also a fascinating look at the extraordinary and fragile nature of genius.


What the Critics Say

"A Beautiful Mind tells a moving story and offers a remarkable look into the arcane world of mathematics and the tragedy of madness." (New York Times Book Review)
"Nasar tells a story of triumph, tragedy, and enduring love." (Library Journal)


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Informative not entertaining

This book is nothing like the movie. The movie skipped everything that would make you dislike John Nash and that is a lot. Nash was an A##hole. Yet the book is more true to life. My wife is a coach to the math team from our state and she will tell you that many geniuses are similar to Nash, mostly unsociable. Of course that is because our society puts down overachievers. In school it is not cool to be the smart kid. If you liked Einstein by Walter Isaacson, then you will like this book. There is a lot in here not only about Nash, but also about the geniuses he was around. There is also a lot in here about his disease. I found this book more informative then entertaining. It was real, it was good, it just was not real good.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Unless you are a math Ph.D...

One of the rare situations where I should have gotten the abridged version, which I can only assume is minus the complicated theories discussed in way too much detail. I had hoped to hear about John Nash's life, but can't get past the author's intellect. This was too difficult to listen to for me, and I suspect it would be the same for most people who are not mathematicians.
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- Victoria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.