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Thinking in Pictures Audiobook
Thinking in Pictures
Written by: 
Temple Grandin
Narrated by: 
Deborah Marlowe
Thinking in Pictures Audiobook

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

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Publisher's Summary

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism - because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.

In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world.

What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.

©2006 Temple Grandin; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"There are innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book....Displaying uncanny powers of observation....[Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"A uniquely fascinating view not just of autism but of animal - and human - thinking and feeling, [providing] insights that can only be called wisdom." (Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand)

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    Sean 07-11-10
    Sean 07-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting look Inside Autism"

    I got this book on a whim, a friend of mine had mentioned it during a long discussion about how being sociopaths probably succeed more in business. I don't know how we got to discussing that..

    Anyway. Back to this book.

    Temple Grandin clearly and eloquently describes what it is like to be autistic, and how her mind works. She is able to describe it well enough that I feel like I can fairly well wrap my head around autism, and what it must be like.

    I always wondered if I was a little aspergerish, but after I read this book, I realized that I'm not. I'm just anti-social and introverted. Not all the time though, don't worry. I can still party like a rockstar.

    The latter half of this book gets pretty technical, and starts to talk about autism, various treatments, education, upbringing, etc. It seems a bit like an owner's manual for autism, which isn't as interesting to me, which is why I knocked it down a star.

    The first part of this book, however, is fantastic, and if you are at all interested in finding out what it is like to experience the world with autism, check out this book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Traci VERNON, NJ, United States 02-04-12
    Traci VERNON, NJ, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What you SHOULD know about autism"

    When I started this audiobook, I didn't have very much knowledge about autism. This book gave me a clear idea of what it's like to have autism and debunks common misconceptions about it. She also relates her experience to that of people without autism. If you're trying to gain a greater understanding of this topic, I highly recommend this audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 10-01-10
    Kenneth Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 10-01-10
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    "Great book & well read"

    An interesting book that was written by an autistic person who miraculously earned a doctorate and now sports a long list of accomplishments in the cattle industry and is quite famous. The book talks in detail about what it’s like to be autistic as told by a person who considers herself bridging both worlds. ..strangely it is also about cows. There is a lot of credible information about both to be sure! I give it a four out of five simply because the last part of the book reveals some strange perceptions about God and religion but she wraps it up nicely after that.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 06-25-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 06-25-13 Member Since 2016

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Scientific, informative, and enlightening!"

    Temple Grandin is one of the most influential people in the world, elected by Times magazine in 2010. If you want to get information about autism, this is the first book you should read. It is a wonderful book. Another thing you should know is that you will not absorb everything in one listening / sitting. You will have to listen to it at least three times. It contains a lot of useful and clarifying information. I highly recommend it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen A. Wrobbel Fox River Grove, IL United States 03-09-13
    Karen A. Wrobbel Fox River Grove, IL United States 03-09-13
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    "Gives a glimpse into an autistic person's thinking"
    If you could sum up Thinking in Pictures in three words, what would they be?

    Insight
    Autism
    Perspective


    What other book might you compare Thinking in Pictures to and why?

    The closest comparison I have is the fiction work, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, because it, too, gives the reader insight into how the mind of a person on the autism spectrum thinks.


    Have you listened to any of Deborah Marlowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, so cannot make a comparison.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Different Perspective on the World


    Any additional comments?

    This book gives the reader an interesting perspective into how the mind of one high-functioning person on the autism spectrum works. The concept of "thinking in pictures" was new to me, but it helped me understand this way of thinking. The author includes research information that has been updated since the first edition of the book, which helps keep it current with progress in the field. This book is helpful for teachers, parents, and others who wish to better understand the unique ways that persons with autism think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 03-04-13
    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2016

    Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

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    "A must read!"

    This is a great book, as is Grandin's "How Animals Make Us Human". I highly recommend them both for the pleasure of reading, and the knowledge of yourself and the world outside of yourself that you can gain.

    Reading this book gave me insight into how my mind works, although I do not have autism. Grandin's braveness in facing and mastering an understanding of the brain that makes her unique gave me a higher appreciation for the differences in each of us. I can see how my own way of thinking both helps and limits me, and I can see ways I can try to improve and strengthen my brain's abilities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Carversville, PA, United States 02-05-13
    James Carversville, PA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Introspective story from highly self aware person"
    Any additional comments?

    This is not a story but a documentary of how it is to live and think as a non-verbal visual person. Very helpful in getting outside of oneself and understanding life from a very unique perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Schon Reston, VA, United States 10-08-12
    Schon Reston, VA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A story that speaks to the uniqueness in us all"
    What did you love best about Thinking in Pictures?

    Temple is able to put into words descriptions of thought process and being that anyone can use. Learn to become more aware of all the people in our lives and how each of us has some bit of her uniqueness.Through her words, she teaches us to take the time to understand people in a new way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking in Pictures?

    Her openness


    Have you listened to any of Deborah Marlowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I believe so. Her pacing of the text and story seemed very appropriate for the author's words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DDVasseur 06-24-16
    DDVasseur 06-24-16
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    "Paving the way 4 autism to contribute to the world"

    A very special book. For those of us who would benefit from applied learning instead of being pigeonholed in a country with a failed educational system that believes one size fits all. Technology has revolutionized the ability to wrap a curriculum around subjects that interest students.
    The world was my children's school, solving local and global community problems, service learning. It's easy to use sociology, urban planning, MSW, waste water, Traffic distribution, Etc, School's boring, improving the way systems function is fascinating and a fun way to use applied learning. It also actively engages students in their community and teaches them to have civic pride and to be apart of solutions instead of being part of the problem.
    I learned to feel objects and draw them while blindfolded, to speed read, to watch people enter a room and selectively imitate each one. To feel my lemon, toss them in a group and pick out mine blind folded, I learned to analyze things about a person from what they carried, wore, etc...
    Autistic people with a little guidance can enhance their special abilities and usher in Peter Drucker's Entrepreneurial Economy.
    Applied Learning. Stop killing our spirit and holding us back, forcing us to learn what we are not good at in a way that doesn't fit almost anyone. Montessori, why not that be the norm.

    As for cost, our school to prison pipeline and being ranked so low internationally is costing us plenty.

    Temple's Great Book Inspired Me.

    How do you help visual thinkers develop, while having fun. Blindfold them, give them objects to feel and then draw. Blindfold them and then give them a lemon, to feel. Explain that you are going to mix it in with many other lemons and for them to find it. Initial it with a marker. Assign them to mimic another person as they walk into a classroom. Analyze classmates based on what they carry in their pockets. Teach them to speed read using a projector a few lines at a time then a comprehension test. It's awesome.

    Develop the abilities of a special needs mind, by rewiring. Maria Montessori did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Y. Johnson 01-12-16
    Y. Johnson 01-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Better understanding!"

    Want to know what thier world is like and how they can thrive...then listen carefully for the things that made her a success. Parent bond. Connection to things that matter. Structure and rules.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "impressive."

    an impressive account of autism and life in general. good reveiw of literature punctuated with interesting anecdotes and personal experiences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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