I thought this book was great. The first one was a bit better, but that is only because it has the natural advantage of being a bit more shocking to the reader making it slightly more exciting. By now your a little more used to, as is Arthur, the impressively random and outlandish events that stretched your brain in the first book. But there are still just as many random and outlandish adventures to be had in book two.
I'm not sure why everyone thought the narrator was so awful. I thought he was fine. I had a different reader for the first HGTTG. He was fine too.
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
As someone who's interest in reading philosophy has only recently been sparked, I found this book to be a great introduction to the works of Plato and philosophy in General.
The format is a little dry at first but the content speaks for it self. 5 minutes in and your lost in thought.
If this is your first time reading The Republic, it is worth noting that the entire collection consists of 7 books. This one (as it says) has Apology (which I liked very much) Crito, and the first 2 books of The Republic, which is a good starting point and might seem like a lot, but is of course relative.
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