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.
have you ever read The Game? this is very similar, but instead of dating, this deals with memory. this is a very good book and i highly recommend.
I expected this book to techniques for improving memory skills. Instead what I got a Michael Moore-esque memoir of the author as he tried to learn about the field of memory training. He touches briefly on a few techniques he uses but never explains how to do them.
Would definitely not download if I'd known what this book was about. Misleading description.