i thought this book was about learning memory improvement techniques but more was a story of the author's journey to making his way to be the US Memory Champion. Interesting story but leaves me feeling like I need to look around to find out more.
I would compare this book to "Fooling Houdini." Both follow the authors as they embark on competing in strange competitions to demonstrate their obsessive proficiency in weird habits. Unlike "Fooling Houdini," Foer's "Moonwalking with Einstein" was so boring at times I almost fell asleep while driving. You know it's bad if news radio is more thought provoking than your audio book.
The difference between the two books lies in the personal touches added to "Houdini" that were missing in "Moonwalking." You rooted Alex Stone's magic journey because of his passion. Foer's enthusiasm for his sport (if we can call it a sport), did not showcase until the last chapter - and that chapter was the most thrilling of the whole book. Unfortunately, "Moonwalking" felt like a text book at times. He failed to make the ancient Grecian ways personal and relatable. Still, the scientific studies that Foer delved into were fascinating. Especially when he interviewed "EP" - a victim of a virus that erased his memory capacity.
I think I was also expecting a little more practical uses for Foer's memory tools. I guess I could use a memory palace for remembering my conference attendees' names, but I won't necessarily need to memorize a deck of cards.
The audio book of "Fooling Houdini" may have resonated with me more because Alex Stone actually read his own novel. Foer opted for a professional reader, who was great but didn't connect to the text like Stone did.
If you're looking for a more entertaining nonfiction, I would definitely recommend "Fooling Houdini" over this one.
It is so well researched and Josh Foer seamlessly intertwines his personal story inside that research. It's exciting and fun and educational.
Learning that Daniel Tammet, aka Brain Man, may just be a Mental Athlete like the rest.
At first I thought his nasally voice was going to be a real problem, but then I saw an interview with the author, Josh Foer, and realized that Mike Chamberlain was basically imitating the author. He's dorky and has that traditional nerd nasal voice, so after that I just accepted it and enjoined his performance. Also, Mike Chamberlain reads quickly, whicj i love. Some of these narrator's take there sweet time.
Yes. But at 8 hours, I couldn't quite pull that off. I listen to it in pieces while exercising.
Josh Foer is a rising star for sure.
This was one of the best audiobooks to which I have listened. The subject is memory, and while that may not sound enticing at first, it's the true story of a young American journalist challenged and cajoled by a few drunk British memory champions to take up the sport. Through the book, you not only hear about his experience training for (and, in the final chapter, competing in) the American memory championship, but also get a lesson in memory techniques and the history of memory--which is truly and unexpectedly fascinating. Read this book and start creating your own titillating memory palaces today.
Yes I would listen again becasue the book exposes you to techniques of learning that can be applied to everyday life.
Learning how to remember things that are not related
No, I liked listening to it in parts and taking in the different ways of learning.
The reporter wrote this to be read and I found it better as a listen. Joshua became the story after covering the memory contests. The middle of the book has a lot of conversations with memory phenoms that are interesting but not directly a part of the story.
Didn't realize that Tony Buzan had such a large role in memory contests and creativity development. He is now one of the people in the world that I want to meet.
Joshua is my favorite. I don't have any memorizing ability but i now know that is just an excuse.
The beginning and the end of the book. The competition itself. I thought that the participants were gifted with extraordinary ability. Joshua made me realize that it is extraordinary commitment.
Unusual. Interesting. Engaging.
The feeling I got from this book was similar to how I have felt in the past when reading some of Mary Roach's books - I feel like I've been exposed to a topic that I knew nothing about and got a bit of an insider's view into that world. (This author is good, but is not in the same league as Mary Roach, so I don't intend any disrespect to her by making the comparison)
Mr. Foer is clearly a great news reporter and can write a good book too. I will try out another of his works.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I think I might, I would certainly like to know more about some of the things he mentioned or described.
I actually took notes several times during my reading because what he said seemed to connect with something I've always wondered (for example, I listen to audiobooks in my home sculpture studio. I have always wondered how or why looking back at a particular piece I get a flash memory of what I was listening to at the time. Based on this book, I think the sculptures have become memory palaces--listen to the book if you are curious) or because the topic was simply interesting to me. Much of the time I'd like to know more.
I enjoyed the interweaving of Joshua's story with explanatory background information that puts the events of the story or statements of the characters in context. Often I would like to know more, though this book wasn't the place for much more information.
I wouldn't try to. The narrator was okay, but several times I was pulled away from the story by what must have been the narrator's error. He said the wrong word on at least two occasions. Unfortunately I didn't mark down his errors. The errors weren't ultimately problematic to the understanding of the story.
I would like to know more about continuous script writing from early "books" and I would like to know more about the transition from oral history to written memory aids and then books. Foer gives a good introduction to the topic in the context of his story/history, but I want more now.
I was also fascinating by some of the discussion of memory, savantism and brain abnormalities and injuries in relation to right/left brain function and how right/left brain function relates to memory and perception.
This was one of the first books I listened to on my iPhone Audible app. I was very pleased with the ease of note taking. Because of my limited capacity to plan for note taking in the past, notes for other books have tended to be written on my studio table or never written at all. I like that these notes can instantly get me back to the part of the book that originally inspired my notice. (There is also less chance that I might wash these notes off).
Now, this is a great book, I could not stop listening to. It's very funny at times, tremendously stealthily educational at others (you barely even realize how much knowledge Joshua imparts on you), and in general–a very entertaining piece. This I one of those books that I wouldn't mind receiving as a gift at all.