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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein's discovery of the general theory of relativity. Featuring an original score by composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Pollock), Einstein’s electrifying journey toward his greatest achievement is brought vividly to life.

The theatrical version of Light Falls was first performed at the World Science Festival in New York City.

Full list of narrators includes Graeme Malcolm.

©2015 Brian Greene (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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💎 immersive and scientifically credible story

Hidden gem. Engaging storytelling meets scientific accuracy meets professional audio production on einstein's journey discovering general relativity 🌌 ☄️ 🌜

The author is a respected physicist with significant scientific theories of his own (google it yourself to judge). This audiobook is science meets powerful storytelling. A truly rare pairing in today's book scene which is dominated and outnumbered by scientific journalists "researching this topic for a few years". No shade, but don't sleep on this freebie introducing you to a universal theory about the physical world we live in as understood by a credible theoretical physicist who treats this subject as a lifelong mission.

theatrically entertaining enough to listen on repeat.

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A bit too dramatic?

I am not a physicist, so was looking for something that would be an explainer of the work of Einstein. It is that, and part biography, but I felt this was more performative, creating drama where non really existed.

Also, the background music was instrusive, and at times I would find I would miss words.

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Mind-blowing #Audible1

Great popularized explanation of latest developments and speculation in Cosmology. Simple to follow without over-simplification. Great metaphors to help explain concepts.

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  • Heath
  • 2016-10-25

An enjoyable deviation from standard Non-Fiction

Short but sweet! Strangely, the pace of story and the wealth of information delivered in that short time seem to gracefully accentuate the fact that Einstein himself packed much into a seemingly short life... Thanks

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  • John Strubhart
  • 2017-01-17

Entertaining and Informative

This short, dramatic reading of Brian Greene's Light Falls produced by Audible, Inc. describes the path that Einstein took to develop his general theory of relativity. Brian Greene narrates while Paul Rudd, Peter Ganim, Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, Julian Elfer, Kevin Pariseau and Jonathan Davis do the voice acting for the involved characters. Paul Rudd plays the part of Einstein. It is based on the Theatrical production of the same name. It is a nonfiction account with accurate quotes from the involved people. If you like audiobooks, are fascinated by Einstein or general relativity, you'll enjoy it. Greene injects some humor at places and the presentation, while accurate and not dumbed down, is engaging and very enjoyable.

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  • BeZot
  • 2017-05-02

Every attempt to dramatize this book hurts it

There is something very off putting about a non fiction book being dramatized with actors voices, sfx , and wall to wall music. Also, the last 23 minutes is an interview with Paul Rudd and the author which basically is about how awesome the author is. Who needs it?
While there were some nice nuggets about Eisensteins theories, I'm pretty sure a Great Course or other book handles it just as well.
If you aren't into the material to begin with , no dramatization is going to help.

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  • J. Tankersley
  • 2016-12-02

Accessible, entertaining, enlightening.

Recommended listening. Brian Greene is a great teacher and communicator and guides the listener to a fundamental understanding one of sciences greatest theories.

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  • Darryl
  • 2016-11-24

excellent and thought provoking short piece

This short biographical piece is a bit history plus a bit Brief History of Time in that it shows Einstein's personal development and tries to make his ideas and their implications accessible to the average person. Some examples you've probably heard before, but these are ideas that only benefit from another view. Very good. Will listen again sometime soon. And occasionally Greene has a nice poetic turn of phrase that I like. These are enormous ideas and he's trying to educate us entertainingly.

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  • Job
  • 2016-10-27

Perfection

Great book with everything that you could want from a audio book with educational qualities that are explained wonderfully.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-29

One of the best stories about Einstein

What did you love best about Light Falls?

The progression of the story is wonderful. You are constantly engaged and you wonder, "What will Einstein do next?" Thematically, how Einstein proved the scientific establishment wrong is what makes this story so amazing.

Any additional comments?

If you want to learn about Einstein and his scientific achievements, I urge you download this audiobook. If you want to learn about how a man was relentless and put in the hard work necessary to succeed, I DEFINITELY urge you to download this audiobook. You will enjoy it that much!

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  • Marlana
  • 2016-11-19

Riveting storytelling

I absorbed this story in one sitting with unflagging interest. Brian Greene has put together a lucid narrative of Einstein's intellectual journey that makes sense of the physics for a lay person while conveying the excitement of Einstein's radical discoveries.

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  • 2016-11-02

Hate the background music

What disappointed you about Light Falls?

The background music was so distracting and unnecessary. Really bad! Also much of the content was too well known and little new.

Has Light Falls turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Probably not

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • scott newbanks
  • 2016-11-17

Fantastic...

It's hard to image a better person to describe relativity than Brian, I can't wait to listen to it again

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