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Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot Audiobook

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain's Potential

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Publisher's Summary

In Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot, eminent neuropsychiatrist and best-selling author Richard Restak, M.D., combines the latest research in neurology and psychology to show us how to get our brain up to speed for managing every aspect of our busy lives.

Everything we think and everything we choose to do alters our brain and fundamentally changes who we are, a process that continues until the end of our lives. Few people think of the brain as being susceptible to change in its actual structure, but in fact we can preselect the kind of brain we will have by continually exposing ourselves to rich and varied life experiences. Unlike other organs that eventually wear out with repeated and sustained use, the brain actually improves the more we challenge it.

Think of Restak as a personal trainer for your brain - he will help you assess your mental strengths and weaknesses, and set you to thinking about the world and the people around you in a new light, providing you with improved and varied skills and capabilities. From interacting with colleagues to recognizing your own psychological makeup, from understanding the way you see something to why you're looking at it in the first place, from explaining the cause of panic attacks to warding off performance anxiety, this book will tell you the whys and hows of the brain's workings.

Packed with practical advice and fascinating examples drawn from history, literature, and science, Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot provides 28 informative and realistic steps that we can all take to improve our brainpower.

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot is also available in print from Harmony Books.

Executive Producer: Orli Moscowitz
Producer: David Rapkin
Lightly adapted for the audio format
Original jacket design: Whitney Cookman
Portrait of Mozart: Erich Lessing/ Art Resource, NY
©2001 Richard M. Restak, M.D.
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Think of Mozart's Brain as an exercise video for one's mental faculties." (Booklist)

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    Durwood 05-26-16
    Durwood 05-26-16 Member Since 2005
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    There are some assumption which very good, they are not the only way.
    It is a very interesting and informative book. It is worth the read!

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    Bruce Taylor Pomona, CA USA 11-03-08
    Bruce Taylor Pomona, CA USA 11-03-08 Member Since 2005
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    "I liked it"

    This book explains about how the brain works and has good exercises for memory. I am a classical musician and I learned that the brain can concentrate and learn new material for about 45 min. That was really helpful for me in gauging My practice. All in All Good book.

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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 03-14-04
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 03-14-04
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    "Most Unhelpful"

    Boring, condescending, and old. The "helpful tips to expand your brain power" (my words) might as well have been taken from between the covers of magazines found at the supermarket checkout. I would much have preferred a real look at Mozart's brain, I at least could have learned something. There was really nothing new here - don't know what all the hullaballoo was about.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Zentaro 08-20-05
    Zentaro 08-20-05 Member Since 2011
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    "It's OK"

    There's some good stuff in this audiobook... but it didn't keep my interest consistently. I think this would probably be better on paper.

    Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this kind of book at the time, but I found it fairly average.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Berlin, MA, USA 12-12-04
    Nicholas Berlin, MA, USA 12-12-04
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    "Informative but not practical"

    Informative but not practical

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew G Grand Haven, MI, USA 04-18-04
    Andrew G Grand Haven, MI, USA 04-18-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Fine book"

    Thought provoking and challenging

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    Praveen San Diego, CA, USA 02-20-06
    Praveen San Diego, CA, USA 02-20-06
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    "what a complete waste of time"

    This idiot wastes the first 4 chapters before he gets to the point. This guy likes to hear the sound of his own voice. People who read books like this are not interested in Neurology lessons.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt danville, CA, USA 10-03-03
    Matt danville, CA, USA 10-03-03
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    "not as interesting as it's title might lead on"

    just left much to be desired. I guess I should stick with physics books.

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    Joe P. 10-10-03
    Joe P. 10-10-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad for a monkey"

    I was absolutely engaged in this audio book (until the end). Restak convinced me of the incredible biology of the brain, the hope for an agile mind in old age and a method to stay mentally young. Then, near the end of the book, Restak divulges his evolution-based philosophy that, to me, removes all the awe for the body of this book. With all the holes in the theory of evolution, I am left wondering how a man that is so obviously and otherwise brilliant, can allow for this intellectual perspective.

    9 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 10-10-03
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    "Not bad for a monkey"

    I was absolutely engaged in this audio book (until the end). Restak convinced me of the incredible biology of the brain, the hope for an agile mind in old age and a method to stay mentally young. Then, near the end of the book, Restak divulges his evolution-based philosophy that, to me, removes all the awe for the body of this book. With all the holes in the theory of evolution, I am left wondering how a man that is so obviously and otherwise brilliant, can allow for this intellectual perspective.

    26 of 174 people found this review helpful

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