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Arjun

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  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1040)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Spellbound"
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    I enjoyed this book through and through. I read this in 2 days, while I was in Paris. There were many things I could have lent my attention to in those 2 days, but I found this book to be so captivating I couldn't put it down. I found myself making excuses to listen to it wherever I was. It combines interesting narrative with scientific information and historical context. One of my best reads this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1361)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Good information, but not his best"
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    After reading "A Short History of Nearly Everything," I was elated when I heard that Bill Bryson had written a new book. While I think that it has its own merits, and intrigue, I didn't connect with this book as much. It read more like the b-side of "A Short History.." it just wasn't as strong. I think that it may be that because "A Short History.." was written with a clear chronology of discovery over time, whereas "At Home" was written based on the structure of Bryson's home. By nature, the structure is more subjective, and felt more like a potpourri of factoids than the magnificent tome of knowledge that A Short History is. All in all, it has some great information, but I just didn't enjoy the structure as much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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