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Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do | [Wallace J. Nichols, Céline Cousteau (foreword)]

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    D. A. Vail Salem, OR USA 10-06-14
    D. A. Vail Salem, OR USA 10-06-14 Member Since 2009

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    "This is why authors shouldn't read their own work."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    The performance was dreadful, so I didn't even make it out of the intro.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wallace J. Nichols’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Was Blue Mind worth the listening time?

    See above.


    Any additional comments?

    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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