This isn't simply another book about memory tricks. It's a neat story about mastery of memory techniques, and a little bit about how the brain works. The story seamlessly runs all over the place, like interviewing the real rainman, and breaking through personal barriers by focused training. It was a very enjoyable story. And Mike's seamless narration felt like it was coming from the author.
I tried to read this book. I wanted to learn how to memorize the way the supermen in the book did. But, maybe a third of the way through, I felt overwhelmed and decided I would stick to notepads.
Someone with a lot of time to waste
It was too long, it could be condensed into half the time and it would be then interesting
Very good narration, nice intonation
boredom and disappointment really
An abridged version might be better
This is a first person account of "Memory Competitions". Has noting to do with Einstein or moonwalking. The audio was good but the subject matter was boring.
Sort of rambled.
I would change the part where there is no real instruction. THAT is what I wanted to learn, not just his journey.
I am reluctant to do so after this one because he really led me to believe that I was going to learn what he had learned. Instead, this book built up towards some really useful information that never appeared. It felt like a sales pitch at that point.
It inspired me to google more on the topic because I was left unsatisfied.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Ever since I came across one of Foer's magazine articles some years back, I've been looking forward to this book. I expected it would delve deeply into the science of memory. After all, Foer is consistently billed as a science journalist, and we live in an era when neurobiology is making great progress. I expected the memory contest thing to be a useful hook to frame the whole thing. Well, it turns out the memory contest is the dominant topic of the book. The science is little more than a rehashed version of things you will find in other neurobiology books floating around. In fact, we may be dangerously close to having all the science writers just rehashing each others' books--the same stories, anecdotes, and studies seem to come up in each of them.
I was disappointed there wasn't more science in here. Foer states early on that we really don't know that much about memory. I still would have liked to see more about what researchers have attempted, even if it hasn't led to results. Foer also spends quite a bit of time on the memory prodigies of our time. Again, I would have liked to see him spend more time with the researchers who have studied these people.
As for the memory contest, it turns out to be just as nerdy a subculture as you would imagine it to be. That's not giving anything away. It reads a whole lot more like a personal account of the author's adventures with these so-called "mental athletes" than like a journalistic inquiry into "the art and science of remembering everything."
The book is more about memorization than about memory. It's interesting but not what I expected.
I have had very little exposure to the world of memory competitions so found the subject new and interesting, though a bit overdramatic at times.
I wasn't surprised. You most likely won't be either. It's a book about memory- it isn't like we're talking about Rocky or Hoosiers here, despite the authors attempts to make it so.
Nope. Couldn't even tell you who Mike Chamberlain is, but the performance was neither outstanding or atrocious- a good thing in my eyes.
I saw this book at an airport kiosk and bought the audio version in haste (never drink and audiobook-purchase). This wouldn't be a bad book to listen to on the beach or if you need to find a book that you and your spouse can enjoy together. You really won't learn much in the way of techniques, but it did spark my interest to do a bit of (very short-lived) research on the subject. If I ever see this on ESPN-25, I'll admittedly change the channel unless the only other option is Jersey Shore.
One of the top books. This book within stories of memory growth, points out specific memory techniques and the techniques history. I have already began using them.
The perfect voice for the book.
Excitement and laughing. At the amazing points it made. There are some things I never realized. I learned from this book.
I would listen to this book again just to remember how to better remember.
It was fascinating hearing about individuals who had wonderful memories as a gift as well as those who learned to master the skill. The story contrasted with individuals memories which were impaired. It was extremely interesting to follow his discovery of memory and his master of it.
My favorite scene is building a memory castle and learning how to make my own memories.
This book was excellent on many levels. Great historical facts, great questions, interesting interviews, introduction to the science of memory and a very interesting personal story woven through the whole book. I would love to sit down and chew the fat with this author.