This book was a pleasant surprise. I purchased it along with several others and, ironically, did not remember that it was a book about memory. One might think that a book about such a topic would lose one's attention quite easily. But this book is written as a story told from the author's perspective, which I found to be informative and interesting.
Maybe had I read the summary more carefully I'd have found out that this was more of a story than anything else I'd be happier. Truth be told however it has give. Me threads for further research and development.
So know that if you purchase this book it is a good biography and does offer more than most bios do.
It was a great book. I read the book while listning to it. There are certain parts of the book which don't lend itself very well to solely listening. However, it is much easier and more enjoyable to get through along with the audio.
This is an incredibly well written book. I for one took a lot from this and use these techniques in my daily life. My memory has improved by simply taking on a few simple changes that Joshua explains in the book. A must read!
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.