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Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More! | [Garth Sundem]

Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?
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Publisher's Summary

Blind Them… with SCIENCE!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

With this mighty little tome, you can have the next best thing - because Brain Trust is packed with bite-sized scientific wisdom on our everyday challenges, hand-delivered to you direct from the galaxy’s biggest brains. Based entirely on interviews with an incredible lineup of luminaries from the fields of neuroscience, economics, anthropology, music, mathematics, and more, Brain Trust is full of cutting-edge science that’ll help you see the real world better - and smarter.

Discover:

  • what advanced math can teach you about getting all your chores done today
  • how creating a ‘future self’ can help you shop smarter at the grocery store
  • what prairie voles can teach us about love
  • how the science of happiness can help you trick lawyers into doing charity work
  • the components of gullibility, and how they can help you scam-proof yourself
  • the secrets to building your very own army of cyborg beetles
  • how memetic information can help you exploit altruism for good…or evil
  • why eating for eight hours can help you lose weight
  • the behavioral economics behind selling your junk for big bucks on eBay
  • how to get more pleasure for less price

…And much, much more.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Garth Sundem (P)2012 Random House

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    Kim Augusta, GA, United States 04-23-12
    Kim Augusta, GA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sort of scattered"

    A couple of gems but mostly passing fancies. Unless you have perfect recall you will not find most of the topics useful. However, it is a good exercise in "outside looking at human behavior on the inside."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 03-14-12
    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 03-14-12

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "Science, Facts, and Fun, Oh My! A Must Read"
    Where does Brain Trust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. I don't usually like books when the author is also the narrator, but Garth Sundem does a great job.
    He sounds like he is having a blast, and his enthusiasm is contagious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is an immense amount of valuable information. That is I found both practical and useful.


    Which character – as performed by Garth Sundem – was your favorite?

    This question does not apply to this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Did I cry? That would be a big NO. Did I laugh? That would be a big YES!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book. It was both entertaining and educational.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 07-14-12
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 07-14-12
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    "Tedious"

    As I believe some other reviewers have mentioned, if you read this sort of book often, you won't find much new material here.

    Maybe I'm too close to the industry, but I was struck by two things:
    1) I felt like I was reading a book proposal.
    2) Authors, DON'T read your own text unless you are acknowledged as an excellent reader of your work. (David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, etc.)

    Summation: An aging frat boy's guide to science. At times this book makes People magazine look literary . . . Dude . . .

    A waste of time and credits unfortunately.

    On a positive note, if you're interested in this sort of book, Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahnemen was BEYOND brilliant. One of the best books I've read in years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 06-09-12
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Awful"

    It's really, really bad. The author narrates the book himself, and he comes across as a "what's up dude" college freshman more than he does an adult of any kind, much less an author of any reputation.

    The content itself should include some kind of critical approach as it is all scientific research that is not necessarily confirmed as accepted fact. Instead he unquestioningly presents a snapshot of all the most popular psychology/science/behavior books popular over the last few years as if all of it is as certain as the sun coming up tomorrow. Add to that his sophomoric manners, and the book is completely unbearable.

    This is one of maybe two audio books I've ever purchased that I couldn't bear to finish - it's that bad.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hilde Bergen, Norway 05-07-12
    Hilde Bergen, Norway 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Norwegian, creatomaniac and a lover of fantasy and adventure audiobooks. I usually put one on while I am making whatever takes my fancy.

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    "92 funny secrets, and one silly one."

    I found this interesting and funny. Little wizard ways to improve your life in a myriad ways, and well told.

    Find out how to hack your life, but bring a notebook, for here the secrets come fast and hard.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-15-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun, interestion, not bad"

    I liked it but then I like this kind of book. It's a little Malcolm Gladwell mixed with the science facts you might see on the evening news. About half of it won't apply to most of us but interesting none the less.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mary ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, United States 04-09-12
    Mary ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, United States 04-09-12
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    "Sorry this was a boring read for me"
    Would you try another book from Garth Sundem and/or Garth Sundem?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Garth Sundem again?

    no unless the book was given to me


    What does Garth Sundem bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listened a little longer than I would have if I read the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    regret that I bought it


    Any additional comments?

    I think a person has to be into this type of book to find it interesting. (I was influenced by the raves that audible posted and bought it after hearing a small sample) The writing itself appeared to be well done. The reading was also well done but the subject matter was the problem for me. It may be a fascinating read for someone else but for me it was a snooze.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    corrie_egli Bluffton, OH, United States 03-14-12
    corrie_egli Bluffton, OH, United States 03-14-12
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    "PDF?"
    Where does Brain Trust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a fantastic audiobook that gives a ton of great and interesting advice for understanding and conquering the world around you. The only thing holding this book back from a 5-star review is the attached PDF mentioned in the book, which does not appear here. Dang.


    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-14-13
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Acteon

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    "Not detailed enough to be of any use"
    What was most disappointing about Garth Sundem’s story?

    It didn't keep my interest. I had not expected anything profound but thought I would pick up some stimulating tidbits.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Garth Sundem?

    Probably not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Roswell, GA, United States 09-16-13
    Tracy Roswell, GA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not ideal for Audio"
    Would you try another book from Garth Sundem and/or Garth Sundem?

    Yes, but not an audio book!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book, but I think it would be more powerful had I read it. The ideas they shared would have me thinking so much that I would then miss the next topic. I will pick up a copy in the library to take my time with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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