This is a highly informative look into a world that few have access and fewer can truly tell about - the mind of a savant.
It is quite insightful and informative to see how his mind works
Unsurprisingly the story dips toward self indulgent tangents on a periodic basis but overall is a worthy book
OH my God!!! I only give this a 2 star rating just to give Daniel credit for this endeavor, but it was very dry. The only parts that were interesting were the parts about his childhood. At about the 3 hour mark I was ready to put it away, when I noticed on cable a documentary about him, and I thought, how ironic that I am listening to his book when his story came on TV. I enjoyed the television event, and that would have been enough for me. He does describe much of the events from the program in this book, but he drones on and on. I did enjoy his personality and demeanor on television and really wish he had narrated his own book. Perhaps it would have been more enjoyable. The narrator spoke with such a high British accent, that it just didn't sound like a 28 year old man. This all added to the boredom. Although I understand the attention to detail for persons with autistic disorders, there was just too much in this book. If anyone wants a great read about someone with Asperger's try reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I just listened to it yesterday, and laughed the whole way through. Maybe that was the cause of my disappointed with this book.
Unless one was visually handicapped being a child from the 50's, we were all the same. In my family it was "nothing is wrong with your brother". Just 2 years ago a friend told me to look up Asperger in regarding my brother, I found that this is his bio! I have since read up on Asperger's but this book gives me some incite on how he thinks. Although Daniel is functional in different ways than my brother I now have more of an understanding of what world my brother lives in and when I can educate him to the "new world" and when I need to let things go.
Very inspiring story, fascinating events
The monotonous tone was hard to get used to and obsession for numbers, but soon I found it very endearing and understood much further the difficulties of autism, and was even more in awe at Daniel's personal achievements and willingness to take on such large risks early in his life. The willingness to go out and make something of himself is in no way to be taken lightly. Well done!
I get it. The idea that words and numbers can have shape, color, feelings...I totally get it. When I was young, I didn't like certain numbers. 7, 8, and 9, specifically. But enough about me....
I have a great-nephew who scores on the high end of the autistic spectrom. Although, as I expect all who fall into the autistic spectrum disorder category will say, his experience does not echo Daniel Tammet's, it was helpful to me to gain some understanding of what bright lights, sudden noises, and crowds can feel like. It was reassuring to know that Daniel grew up and learned to deal with the world, that he found a life-partner to share with, that he made it to David Letterman!
And I have yet to listen to a book narrated by Simon Vance that I haven't enjoyed!
I found the descriptions of Tammet's experience of autism to be very interesting. I was very moved by his courage in moving far from home and making bis own way- and also admired his parents for supporting him!
I was glad to have read the book, but found the latter half of the book less captivating.
I have not read the print version, so I have no idea. But I do feel the narration was wonderful and, I'm sure, added to the interest of the story.
When he recited pi - I could feel the tension and emotion. Also, it was his defining moment to the world - he was able to say, "look at me, I may be odd, but I have an extraordinary gift - SEE ME!"
the emotion he brought to a story about a man who has difficulty with emotion. His voice was like a bridge that crossed that sea of understanding.
Yes, when he met the man who would become his life companion. There is someone out there for everyone - keep an open mind and heart!
I took a chance on this book because I wasn't sure I would really like it. So glad I did! I hope this review will encourage others to do the same. It's a powerful story that I won't soon forget!
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
I had thought that I would learn more about savants, which is a subject I have found of great interest. This book was much more than that to me. Let me state here that I am not autistic, or am I a savant, yet I found so much in Daniel that is me.The book has taught me much about myself.I unlike other reviewers find Daniel not to be at all self-indulgent instead being honest, very honest! This I am afraid is a virtue which is not as common today as it could, and should be.Those who read this book and who did not find the value of this within it I believe missed the purpose and meaning of it's writing. A wonderful story interesting and with great purpose.
I had never read the print version, but the Audible edition was an interesting story that helps make a person think about the way their mind works.
An actual good book about what goes on the head of a savant.
He didn't. He is as boring as the book.
This book presents absolutely no insight about the mind of a savant. It is a story about a shy, nerd, gay guy, like most shy, nerd, gay guys I know. There is nothing special or exciting about this character. You will meet dozens like him in any CS, physics or math departments of any university in the world.