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 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.

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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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A Wonderful Story

Well written, well read and true. What more can I ask for. It goes some way beyond the movie of the same subject and paints a picture of a troubled and gentle genius. It?s also heart warming, in that he gets the girl and keeps the girl and finally ?manages? his problem. Well worth it.
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- Joseph "Avid listener Only effective way to cope with traffic and the pleasure a busy road now brings me. I also find its a great way to fall asleep"

Great audiobook

Great audio book, read by a competent female actress. Well researched content, and excellent historical contextualisation. Recommended!
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- Matteo

Book Details

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