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  • Written by: Sylvia Nasar
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
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A Beautiful Mind

Written by: Sylvia Nasar
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Publisher's Summary

This is the powerful, dramatic biography of math genius John Nash, who overcame serious mental illness and schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize. This book is the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly and directed by Ron Howard.

“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 already a legend by age thirty, when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution.

The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

©1998 Sylvia Nasar (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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A fabulous read

This book was such an adventure! I would probably not have read it but to listen to this reader was wonderful. Her speech and voice and pronunciation are perfect and makes you want to hear more and more. The content is fascinating even though some of the time the content sounds like a foreign language because it is very technical it is okay because it leads you to his experience of the world around him. So much different than most other people. I look forward to reading more of the work of this author and this reader.

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