This was an interesting, well-written and eclectic book that entertained cover to cover. It has broader interest even though it's about a microsociety that most of us will never come across. It's another one of those books like Malcolm Gladwell's where you feel like you learned things, but you didn't realize it because it was interesting.
I enjoyed this book through and through. I read this in 2 days, while I was in Paris. There were many things I could have lent my attention to in those 2 days, but I found this book to be so captivating I couldn't put it down. I found myself making excuses to listen to it wherever I was. It combines interesting narrative with scientific information and historical context. One of my best reads this year.
Not a how to book but a wonderful description of the author’s journey into learning. Foer is an excellent writer reporting on a research study involving a memory experiment on himself.
I wish I was taught these memorization techniques early on in my life. They can help everybody. This book will blow your mind if you allow it to. Take some time to try out some of these exercises as you listen to this book.
I very much appreciated that this author dove into the subject matter by testing out the techniques for himself and even compete in memorization competitions.
Very fresh read!
The book was well written, however,it was not what I had expected . I was made aware that people did engaged in games that challenged remembering. I did not come away with a manner I could improve my memering.
Mainly a story of the author's personal experiences. If you are hoping to learn to improve your memory, this will not help at all - one of the key lessons is that memorizing things for a competition is a very narrow skill that doesn't really help in everyday life. I never got bored listening, though.
Good book. The book got me really interested in memory but didn't give me any specific applications to help me improve. If your a college student like myself I would look at reading something that contained more applications. Great book though
fan of history and politics
I appreciated the insights of how we remember, and how memories make for a full life. Learning memory's importance can help us prioritize our choices and enrich relationships. Plus, the stories and characters of people with extraordinary memory and the world of competitive memory championships were fun.
I am not sure that I would try another book from Joshua Foer because I think his style is better suited to a different medium (i.e. podcast, periodical, etc.) At more than a few points the narrative fell into a series of tangents - such as the investigation into Daniel Tammet aka "Brainman." In the end, I was slightly confused about what I had just read: Was it a memoir? Was it a self-help book? Was it an expose? As a matter of personal taste, I enjoy books that have a clear sense of purpose and a clear message; therefore, I did not enjoy this book as much as someone who may appreciate the story for what it is.
This is the first book that I have listened to by Joshua Foer, so I have nothing to compare it to.
I have never listened to a Mike Chamberlain performance before, but he did an excellent job.
I can imagine this book as a series of webisodes featuring the 'usual suspects' of nerdy fandom: Will Wheaton, Felicia Day, Seth Green, etc. The idea of making a drama about a memory competition is slightly comical - maybe a good candidate for a mockumentary a la Best In Show (2000)? I think it has potential.
If you're looking for a book on improving your memory - do not waste your time on this book. If you want to hear a story about a journalist who covered memory competitions, then decided to try it out himself...then you've come to the right place.