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Publisher's Summary

In "Relativity: The Special and the General Theory", Einstein describes the theories that made him famous, illuminating his case with numerous examples and a smattering of math (nothing more complex than high-school algebra). Einstein's book is not casual reading, but for those who appreciate his work without diving into the arcana of theoretical physics, Relativity will prove a stimulating read.
©2009 BN Publishing (P)2009 BN Publishing
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By Theodore on 08-18-12

Underwhelming and dissapointing

This book was literally too hard to listen to. The content is clearly there (its Einstein of course so there would obviously be content) but then the narration is just unfortunate sadly.

For a science lover the theory of relativity is a fascinating concept and you saw aspects of this by listening to this book. The concepts can be somewhat difficult to grasp here, especially when formulas are being tooted left, right and center at a rather rapid pace. In a book form this would have been rather easy to follow IF you have knowledge of Physics and Mathematics prior to getting a hold of this book. This is not a book that would resonate with your average reader or even an average Science lover. It would take some prerequisite knowledge of Classical Mechanics and Laws of Physics at the very least prior to getting a hold of this title.

The narration.... wasn't horrible... It was just horrible for this book... The pace was too rapid (seeing that I was on a PC I couldn't change the playback speed and honestly I am not too much of altering the playback speed at all). Too many statistically formulas were thrown in the audio without the chance to prove them (and for anyone who does science one does not just hear formulas and take them, you like to somewhat prove them a bit through practical work). The narrator did attempt to sound animated but it still came off as drawling....

In the end the book just struck me as being disappointing.... I lost track of the book at times and were I not the 'push through type' I would have stopped listening within the first 10 minutes.

One more important.... this book took me a week to finish.... It was 3 hours long.... I listened to a 10 hour book in less than a day.... THAT was how hard it was for me to listen...

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By Matthew on 05-07-12

Good book, needs better narator!

This is a good book, for an easy introduction to two challenging portions of physics, special and general relativity. Written by the former of the theories, Albert Einstein. The narrator of this book does a poor job trying to convey the information in this book, especially the equations and the scientific notation in the book. He calls k' "k to the first" rather than "k prime" as it should be. Someone familiar with physics or at least science should narrate this book.

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By Magnamus on 06-29-17

Terrible recording, very badly read

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is so badly produced that I would not recommend it to anyone.

Has Relativity of Einstein put you off other books in this genre?

My problem is not with the genre, just the production.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It is very badly read. It is almost impossible to follow the gist of a book like this when the reader puts emphasis and breaths in the wrong places, implying punctuation where there isn't any and ignoring it when it is there. He clearly is not familiar with the topic and it obviously was not proof-read (listened?).

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Relativity of Einstein?

I would replace them all.

Any additional comments?

The recording quality is awful and varies between sections. The best parts sound like they were recorded in a metal box, the worst have annoying background noise.

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