This book has nothing to do with either Moonwalking or with Einstein. Cool title, sure, but in no way a clue as to the subject matter. I most enjoyed this book when I was learning little tidbits about history. There were times when I had the impression that the author had gathered way more research material than he knew what to do with. Some listeners may feel that the author wanders a little, to find ways to share all those fun facts. Looking back from the end, though, my overall impression is of an interesting and engaging personal story of one man's experiential journey into the fringe world of mental athletes. A recommended read.
For me, the book really never really gets to the point. There are too many stories about characters that never really come to life. Glimpses into these gifted people that only leave you with their quirks.Many times through the book, I was just bored and waiting for something interesting.
Concentrate more on the techniques and less on himself.
Needs better editing. Maybe it reads as a book better than a listening experience.
Participatory journalism at its best, Joshua Foer (brother to novelist Jonathan Safran Foer) explores the world of mnemonists (memory experts to you and me) who can quickly memorize long lists of numbers, words, passages of poetry and more. Foer goes from covering the U.S. Memory Championships for a magazine article to competing in it, and along the way explores how memory works, what tricks and techniques mnemonists use, what role memory plays in our lives and many more little side passages that were always fascinating and interesting.
This book is just fascinating. It held my attention throughout and had me mourning its end. After listening, I was compelled to try building a memory palace of my own … and damn if it didn’t work! More than 9 months after getting a list of 15 random words from Mr. Jenners and BB, I can still remember the list IN ORDER. If you’re looking for an interesting, amusing and educational non-fiction book, this would be an excellent choice.
ABOUT THE NARRATION
Mike Chamberlain was the narrator, and his voice was the perfect fit for Foer’s book and personality. (His voice had a bit of a nerdy flavor to it that seemed appropriate.) Because the book is written in the first person, his narration made the book really come alive. In my mind, Joshua Foer talks exactly like Mike Chamberlain—whether he likes it or not.
More details of how he did his training
Not unless he gives more details of his training (his memory chart)
KL 7 --> boring
We all know he won US Championship which is really Great, but it be more interesting if he give us the details of his steps by steps of his training. Since he is not training any more, it be nice to following his training charts.
There is a lot of science in this book as well as an engaging story. It's possible you need to be a bit geeky to enjoy it. I thought the mix of the science and history behind memory, along with the author's adventure into the world of competitive memory sport was fascinating. The narrator does a great job - one of the best I've listened to.
This book is too long and lengthy to be audible. Didn't like it at all. It is not worth the money.
I'd love to have friends read this. I picked it up because I thought it would give me memory tools. It did give me insight into memorizing, but it was much more engaging that just some ways to remember things. It was a personal story as well as interesting background and tips on the art of the memory.
The author is a great character. He's a reporter who cares enough about a story to step inside it. He's funny, intelligent, and someone I'd love to meet.
He read with perfect inflection. It wasn't dull - although some of the material was somewhat straightforward and factual. It also wasn't overly dramatic. It was like hearing a friend tell the story as well as some interesting information.
My favorite moment was the final World Championship. The tension buildup was perfect, but I won't give away the ending.
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.