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.
This is easily one of my most favorite books in my collection. It was well researched, honest, entertaining and engaging.
The most moving part of this book is how the author ties normacy to his experience - showing how his experience can apply to everyone listening. He is not special or super human, but instead dedicated and hard working. As he says, if he can do it...
This book is a story about the authors experience learning about, and participating in the national memory competition. The author is able to tell his story using first hand experiences and expose an insider view of mental sport as well as expose very informative details on the historic research on learning, memory, and humanity. Very well done.
Top 1 considering its the only one
didnt like it. Kinda cut it off before it finished it.
He did his job right, there's nothing to like or dislike about it.
Arround chapets 6-10 is when you really start learning and seeing what the author wants you to see.
Yes, Stick with it and hang on. The beginning is a little boring because its basically history but it is necessary. Later in the book he doesn't exactly tell you how to use the memory palace but he does give you everything you need to master it. Think about what he says carefully and research a few things and you'll get it.
Only book i have ever read about memory and now i can memories 100 digits of pie in about 5 minutes, about every persons name after the first time i meet them, and basically anything i want.
Best advice to anyone looking to master this method is "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein.
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.
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.