Definitely a good book and interesting story, but I was expecting to learn a bit more about techniques to improve everyday useful memory.
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.
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.
Telling all my friends this is the second-best book of non-fiction I have ever read and it was much more entertaining than the Bible. After I finish re-hearing Moonwalking a second time I will examine whether it might be first when I reconsider whether the Bible should be fiction VS non-fiction. Joshua wa a genius before he decided to compete and the Bible is due no dis' here. Incredible listen. And Mike Chamberlain is great as reader. Stellar Stellar title!!!
P.S. Not just telling my friends...telling people I don't even know yet...
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.
I really enjoyed this book and found it mysterious and captivating. I've always enjoyed learning about the capacities of the human mind and how some people choose to use it. I was sceptical before reading the book, but once I was into it, I looked forward to my long commutes to work. I found it fascinating. I was a little disappointed in how the book ended. It's conclusion was suprising to me and unexpected, but reasonable. I'll leave it at that.
The book is not uninteresting, but there are many other audiobooks of greater value to me.
Maybe, if I make it to the movies often
It's not boring and I did enjoy listening to it, but in the end I don't feel I've retained much that is valuable. Let's say it is as good as many contemporary novels if not better... but I seldom buy novels on audible.com.
I truly enjoyed this book. While it is not a how-to book on improving your memory, it is an enjoyable, humorous trip with the author to the memory championships.
There are a few slow spots, especially in the beginning, but I'm glad I pushed through. I finished the book with my own memory palace, which is still furnished with the items on the to-do/shopping list the author got in the park and a smile on my face.
Very interesting. A lot of fun. Well worth the time and the credit.
This is an excellent exploration into memory and how to train it. The author made the book that much better by being honest about his struggles and experiences.
I learned a great deal about memorization techniques, how memory affects us, and how we can affect/train memory.
The narrator was good, but I had to increase the speed.
The reason I didn't give the book a five-star overall rating was because the author used some lewd or gross imagery that I could have done without. He takes the position that the more lewd the image is, the better you remember it. I don't agree with that statement as I have made an effort to forget the images that he mentioned and have succeeded with at least most of them leaving only a vague recollection of the remainder. I haven't won any competitions, but I have a good memory, and I don't believe that a memory has to be lewd to be outrageous, and therefore, memorable. I also believe in the old adage, "Garbage in, garbage out," when it comes to what you put in your mind.
The author really went to a lot of trouble to adequately research the topic, and he gives a lot of credence to the art of rote memorization and its usefulness in education and everyday life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in improving their memory or who just wants to hear a good read about a journalist who went on a memorable adventure and didn't quite get what he was looking for. You'll understand that part when you reach the end of the book.