A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.
Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.
Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water - it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.
©2014 Wallace J. Nichols (P)2014 Hachette Audio
This book lends itself to being listened to. The stories, anecdotes and information are healing, comforting and exciting.
There are many heroes in this book. Author Wallace J. Nichols illustrates the new discoveries with stories about a fascinating cast of characters.
Wallace J. Nichols has an easy to follow and comforting voice. His narration is excellent.
I have a good background in the fields involved... but I was often delightened and surprised at the way Nichols connects the dots so expertly.
I am a major Audible fan but some books are more conducive to being listened to. This is one I return to over and over.
This book was truly wonderful. It would bring me calm after dealing with the stresses of the day and really made me want to go to the water and relax. It makes you aware of the different neuroprocessors at work when you are trying to become calm or are getting happy.
Wow There was so much covered in this book and in such a clear fashion. I listened to the whole book while walking the beach or while just looking at the Pacific Ocean. And I can't believe how much this book has changed the way feel about the Ocean. It cracked open my Blue Mind and I can't wait to listen to it again. Very well written and researched! It's also the very first book that I've ever listened to where the author reads The acknowledgments at the end of the book - very nice touch. It showed the sincerity of the author.
This book is a treasure for mankind. It gets to the basics of why nature can heal those who have chronic pain, suffer from addiction or PTSD, and help lift the grey heaviness of depression. It is written in a way that shows not just tells us why water and our "blue marble" (Earth) is worth protecting. Beautiful!
Get this book now. Wonderfully written and constructed. It touches on so many issues that are so very important to our day to day (I'm writing this while sitting in the sand at Ocean Beach, San Francisco - I was born and raised in Santa Cruz) Everyone could benefit from experiencing this book... I plan to give my hard copy to a co-worker. And perhaps a blue marble as well.
The author brings passion and love to the book through his voice!
I love water, swimming and am a Pisces, so that helped me to love this book. It is scientific, but the author infuses enthusiasm making it an enjoyable listen. I now know more clearly why I need my ocean fixes and I appreciate even more how therapeutic water is to me.
I didn't even last past the introduction.
The author reads
in chunks of three
to four words
at a time, occasionally finishing a sentence.
Just because he wrote the words doesn't mean he's a good performer and reading books is performance.
The performance was dreadful, so I didn't even make it out of the intro.
Really, seriously, this is important. Hire a director who knows how to teach public speaking or get a professional actor to read books. Authors are frequently dreadful readers and this is a prime example of just such a case. Listening to this reminds me of sitting through paper after paper at academic conferences, read by people who hadn't rehearsed their presentations. I listen to audiobooks for entertainment as well as edification. When half of that equation is missing, it's a waste of my time.
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