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The blurb is rather misleading. One expects a serious if fairly popular account of current neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. The first volume offers some of that, from Slessenger, a science journalist, but most of the rest of the set is taken over by a Gilbert, a goofy motivational speaker, good-natured and assertive but ignorant and vulgar. I had to give up on it. There are many other titles available that give real neuroscience, sometimes in the context of more particular topics: Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, Cacioppo's Loneliness, even Johnson's Mind Wide Open. Bryson's Nearly Everything and Angier's The Canon also contain a good deal of legitimate neuroscience, though aimed specifically at a popular audience. Brain Magic isn't anywhere close to joining the real third culture league. It keeps company instead with Lipton's The Biology of Belief and Pink's A Whole New Mind--other stinkers I had to trashcan after just a few minutes, plenty of time time to reveal the quality of intelligence at work.
This was a good intro, but the book is split into several parts and isn't worth paying the money for in several parts. Read Brain Rules by Medina instead! At least you get a whole book!!
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Brain Magic was a complete waste of time and money. It was like Car-Talk (the NPR radio program) discussing their opinions on the brain. The book Brain Rules was worth reading, this program was just hideous.
I was not impressed by this audiobook as opposed to the review that made me wildly enthusiastic.
The first 5 minutes the author is rambling about why they made this and where and ... We don't care about this... We payed to hear info and learn stuff.
I also had the feeling this audiobook was made in one studio take, cut into 6 or 8 parts and sold as separate audio books...
It's starts to get a bit interesting when the doctor in neurology comes in.
I hoped to learn stuff on the brain, but what you learn are those frequently asked questions as :
Why are women better @ multitasking...
How many braincells do we have ...
I'm not reluctant to buy the 2nd one.
For me this audiobook didn't live up to my expectations.
I don't feel like I got what I payed for.
What WAS good, was too short, (34 minutes total length minus the 5 minute introduction & a couple of minutes for the jokes they tell each other.)
"Informative but expensive"
Brain Magic is an excellent, informative series but this is an expensive introduction.
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