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.
Mr. Foer does a wonderful job of describing the underground world of memory sports. The story of his journey to become the US memory champ mixed in with facts and other anecdotes just give this book an extra dimension. The narration is well done and the narrator himself sounds excited to be reading this book.
I was fascinated by this book, so much so that I bought it (in hard copy) for my son-in-law's birthday after listening to it here. The book not only discusses the process of memorizing but also branches into educational theories and other areas that I found very interesting, including so-called idiot savants. It all appeared to be well-researched and documented. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the process of memorizing and in our educational system.
... depending how you use it. Well written, entertaining, and surprising. Who would have thought a book about memorizing stuff would be so interesting? I enjoyed this a lot, and picked up some useful tips to improve my dodgy memory.
Not a great book to listen too. It has math problems etc and it is just hard to really get into while driving a car.
The process behind learning/memorizing, and how the brain works to remember.
A chance to listen while driving.
No, it caused a lot of reflection and thought with respect to how one can apply the processes and understanding to the real world. Could you train children to remember in this way, such that they would be better students?
Information overload, what a great presentation of the way the mind functions and how it can be trained. Trying to figure out how to make it practical is the next step....