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
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."
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
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.
There is an immense amount of valuable information. That is I found both practical and useful.
This question does not apply to this book.
Did I cry? That would be a big NO. Did I laugh? That would be a big YES!
I would highly recommend this book. It was both entertaining and educational.
Norwegian, creatomaniac and a lover of fantasy and adventure audiobooks. I usually put one on while I am making whatever takes my fancy.
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.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
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.
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.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
OK, I really did like Brain Trust yet I have a problem with the fast moving recording and each section running together. This is one book that could use a narrator that is not the author. I enjoyed the humor and silliness the author has offered but he is hard to follow. I wish the whole had defined sections that were clearly beginning and then ending.
Interesting factoids and perspective. My suggestion is to get the paper version. I think this is a much more visual book.
Whew! Glad it is over. Happy reading.
It didn't keep my interest. I had not expected anything profound but thought I would pick up some stimulating tidbits.
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.
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.
no unless the book was given to me
I listened a little longer than I would have if I read the book.
regret that I bought it
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.
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