Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character

Version: Unabridged
Author: Richard P. Feynman , Edward Hutchings
Narrator: Raymond Todd
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Science & Technology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 1997
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Subtitled Adventures of a Curious Character, the title comes from the response his eyebrow-raising behavior once provoked from a Princeton dean's wife. Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in physics, was surely the only person in history to solve the mystery of liquid helium, to be commissioned to paint a naked female toreador, and to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, is Feynman's astonishing life story-a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, eternal skepticism, and raging chutzpah.

Reviews (3)

Better than expected

Written by Anonymous on March 4th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

One view is that this is a geek trying way too hard to be cool. If you go into this book with that mindset, you might be annoyed for the first hour or two. But the book has an intellectual curiosity and sense of humor that is infectious -- even skeptics will be engaged after a while. Not a bad listen at all.


Written by Bob Stewart from Berryville, VA on October 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn't make it past the second disc of this one. Mr. Feynman is certainly impressed with Mr. Feynman!

Excellent entertainment

Written by Anne Campbell on June 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a simply delightful book. I had not read anything by Feynman before, though I had heard enough about him to suspect that this would be an interesting book. It is very episodic, with sections on many of Feynman's interests. What a range! We hear about his radio-repairing skills when still a boy, his ability to break codes, his experience as a safecracker, his samba-playing in Brazil, and onwards. Not a biography, it's just a lot of great stories. Recommended.

Author Details

Author Details

Feynman, Richard P.

"His first literary works appear in this period, notably the Book of the Duchess (1369), an allegory lamenting the death of Blanche, wife of John of Gaunt."