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.
I enjoyed the story of Mr. Foer learning how to train his memory. By the end of the book I was rooting for him to win and I wasn't thinking that at the beginning of the book. There is also a good bit focused on Daniel Tammet. The author takes off the gloves but is somehow still respectful. My biggest compliant with the book is that Mr. Foer does not leave us with a guide to the training that he went through. A daily schedule would have been nice.
There is no question that this book helped me remember large quantities of information. I used it to study/memorize everything from grocery lists to terms and definitions for my classes in psychology.
The first time Josh walks you through a "Memory Palace" and you realize that you can remember all the things on a list long enough that, had someone asked you to remember said list before reading the book, you'd have politely chuckled while pulling out you're iPhone to write everything down.
Outside of the actual techniques I enjoyed the scenes that humanize the people who are testing and creating the techniques.
Note that this is not a book for improving your "Damn! I left my keys at home" kind of memory. It is more focused on the "I'd really like to be able to recall my favorite poem, all the presidents, and my grocery list" kind of memory. Also, while I do not, in any way, support the kind of school systems that thinks education should be conveyed by "wrote memory", if you happen to be in a school system that is a fan of this method, this book will be externally useful. In short, if you want to cram a long list of facts, dates, terms, or words into your head with less effort and laugh a bit while you do it, read Moonwalking with Einstein
This book is NOT a How to book on memory, but I was not expecting a how too book. It does give a great personal narrative of how a reported became the US memory Championship. This is a very inspiring story, and he does a great job of showing that anyone can master these techniques.