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.
…And much, much more.
©2012 Garth Sundem (P)2012 Random House
I purchased this book after being intrigued by the free preview. Unfortunately, there are several things about this audio-book I don't like.
Though I understand why authors sometimes like to narrate their own books, in this case I found it bothersome. The author should have left the narration to the professionals. His diction and pacing are fine, I'm just not a big fan of his voice and I don't think the quality of the recording is great.
The content of the book is good and interesting at times, but I find it is often all over the place, a jumble of information that would be difficult to put to any practical use.
Often, the author refers to a pdf... not sure where this pdf is.
Overall, I think I probably would have really enjoyed this as a book; but as an audiobook it is disappointing.
Instructional Designer is the area of Workforce Development.
Of the 93 items listed, I only found about 15 helpful to me. I would say this a book for someone under 40. People over 40 may find many of these items boring or a bit childish.
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
Yes, Sundam made the boring otherwise interesting.
So many facts I'm gonna have to listen again.
Him learning to surf.
Would recommend to everyone.
Analyst. Abolitionist. Advocate. Challenger. Educator. Humanitarian.
This fun audio book must be listened to more than once. There's so much to "take-in" that you'll find it odd, but interesting; fun, but serious. The information and delivery is fascinating; and from one story (chapter) to the next, you'll hear things that make you go, "mhmmmm.... I need to see that research in writing!!" --which is cool, because there's a companion pdf that you'll get with the purchased download.
Garth Sundem's performance throughout the book is pleasant. The information alone with keep you captivated because the research goes from bizarre to bizarre, promising to make you think and re-think.
This is the first time I've heard Garth Sundem.
Absolutely. But, just know, you'll want to listen to it again (chapter by chapter).
If you would find a government's ability to turn flying beetles into cyborgs for military operations tantalizing, then this is definitely a mind-tickler you will love.
Very good book; however quite technical and a little too much detail. A good variety subjects but some are not very interesting. Enjoyed listening to it and would recommend to friends with a technical background.
Good stuff to hack your life. Useful and fun info.
A good use of a credit
I enjoyed this book so much, I ordered three hard copies for my audibly challenged friends. It highlights some very interesting and startling facts in a non-political, entertaining way. And it reminded me of some of the more laughable moments of family life.Thanks to Mr. Sundem for an entertaining read!
This is a great book for the curious mind. I was bored through certain sections, such as "how to win at scrabble" and excerpts relating to diagrams should have been edited in an audiobook. However I did learn some pretty interesting things. One recommendation I would make to the listener. Book mark the sections that you find relavent to you so that you can refer back to them. I am going to have to relisten because there are a lot of facts that I have already forgotten. Narration was good tho.
Garth Sounds Like a Really Nice Guy But...I just couldn't get into this book.
To me, it was just a little too cutesy (is that a word?) - Garth's chuckles at his own humorous observations just kind of drove me crazy - I couldn't get through this audiobook.
However, it's very well researched and if you can get around the pet peeve I experienced, you'll like it.
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