The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer's part-memoir, part-guide on mastering your memory. Read by Mike Chamberlain. On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. He also discovered a truth we too often forget: In every way, we are the sum of our memories. In Moonwalking with Einstein Foer draws on cutting-edge research, the cultural history of memory and the techniques of 'mental atheletes' to transform our understanding of human remembering. He learns the ancient methods used by Cicero and Medieval scholars.
He meets amnesiacs, neuroscientists and savants - including a man who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books. In doing so, he reveals the hidden impact of memory on our lives, and shows how we can all dramatically improve our memories. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer's book is a quest to resurrect the gift we all possess, but that too often slips our minds.
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"A marvelous overview of one of the most essential aspects of what makes us human - our memory ... Witty and engaging." (Dan Ariely)
"Memory...makes us who we are...passionate and deeply engrossing ...The more we challenge ourselves, the greater our capacity. It's a fact that every teacher, parent and student would do well to learn. The lesson is unforgettable." (Washington Post)
"Captivating ... Engaging ... Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny." (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This blog style book sprinkled with some science and facts is good pop intelligentia waffle and can be helpful to fill in the gaps of studying something like memory learning but I am not sure Joshua Foer has another book like this in him. Not sure if I would read any other book by him.
Mike Chamberlain is easy to listen to but far from the best and I would not write home to mother about his style. Business like, pedestrian, american is the best way to describe his narration. His English accents are bad. Still he gave it a go and nothing stood out so bad to make you drop your iPod and run away with your ears bleeding. He's okay.
Perhaps Joshua should take the next step and learn a new skill for the brain like decision making, analitical thinking or learning a language in record time. Something to test the mechanics rather than just top up the grey matter. Would be interesting to see his take on exploring more about what the brain is capable.
I learned much from this book. I enjoyed it as light intelligentia entertainment. It will not make you a genius but clear up some of your self improvement wish list or at least help you remember it.
A fan of books on psychology, biosphere and business. Favourites: Vaclav Smil, Joshua Foer, Warren Buffett, David Christian, Guy Spier.
A very well written book. Extremely useful and fascinating topic in an easy-to-digest format. I couldn't recommend more. I actually started applying the techniques I learned from this book in my medical studies and honestly feel like I've made enormous progress.
It provided specific hints and advice how to follow the author's path and use the same memory techniques, while it was also enjoyable to read due to the background story, the quoted historic material and also due to the interesting cases (savants, autistic people, persons with extraordinary memory, etc.).
Joshua's trials to learn memory techniques are very entertaining and the actual process to learn them yourself makes this more than informative. Side stories on other gifted individuals such as savants and their medical conditions round out the topic of other mind abilities and disabilities other than just memory. Highly recommended reading for those curious about memory and how to enhance it.
This is agreat audiobook and a must read for anyone who is interested in memory techniques. But this is not a step by step programm. Highly recommend
"A very interesting listen"
This book follows Joshua Foer through his journey from average guy to memory champ challenger, and while it skims over the various memory methods, if you want to use them, you have to research the information yourself
What is amazing is the amount of people in the memory game who limit themselves to certain types, while Josh, in a year, manages to out-do the "professionals" who have been doing it for years, let alone the "memory freaks" (or false ones) who just have remarkable minds, or don't
If you're interested in your mind and how to expand it, then this is an interesting listen, but it won't teach you, it will just set you on the way, and show you about the memory championships
The narrator is good, almost making you think that it's the voice of Josh Foer, which makes it all the more interesting - a very well read book, and I can't wait to listen to more ready by Mike Chamberlain!
"A good relaxed read"
This is a good book which touches on some of the techniques used for memory training but mainly follows the author through being a memory novice to competing in the US memory championship. Its not a memory training aid but a relaxed, light hearted take on the people who commit themselves to memorising infeasible amounts of data, and the so called savants who can do this effortlessly.
if you are interested in how your mind and memory works i would recommend this book, well structured and informative and certainly gets you thinking
"An interesting view into memory"
Yes, I enjoyed it greatly. It is an interesting take on memory from the point of view of the non- specialist. It provides a view of the subject and the community of specialist competitors
It is pretty much autobiographical so that Josh is the main vehicle for the narrative.
No but I think he does an excellent job on this book.
This is not an instruction book on how to develop your memory but an insight into the subject written in a clear way by a journalist who explores the path of memory enhancement from the inside.
A journalist covers a memory contest and decides to go in for one himself, getting hooked, in the process on the art and science of memory-training. A fascinating book which explores the subject of memory and memory training from its early history. The most exciting thing is that it demystifies feats of memory and makes you realise that, with a little effort and perseverance, you could manage to remember massively more than you do at the moment!
Mike Chamberlains reading contributes a faint hint of Woody Allen about the whole thing, particularly when it comes to the tradition of memory experts in resorting to bawdy humour to get things to stick in their minds.
A highly diverging and entertaining – as well as instructive book!
"changed my view on life"
there are a few books which at first glance you think to yourself.. "really, another self help book?". with this book you could not be more wrong, or at least... i couldn't. i found my self very surprised at the level of interest in mnemonics this book has ignited within me. the story was told through a very engaging narrative, with which i constantly found myself chuckling aloud.. and at one point even, shedding tears. yes i admit it, i cried. at a certain point in this book i came across a realization about the absence of memory that was sadder than anything i could imagine. but alas, i fear i have already said too much. now.. go forth and listen to one of the books that i'm proud to call my favorites.
"Worth a read"
This is a great story with an interesting end but there are a few little annoyances I had with the Audiobook. The narrators American accent I found to be a bit annoying especially when describing places in England (of which he names a few) - pronouncing Derby as 'duhby'; and there were a few periods of what seemed to be getting the word count up by citing psychology research of which is vaguely relevant, yet not that interesting.
Overall I would be lying if I said I wasn't entertained by this book and I did finish it with a smile on my face, but may I suggest Surely You Must Be Joking Mr Feynman for more balanced, science based inspirational non fiction(!)
Although not as useful as initially hoped, the skills I learned in this book have proved extremely useful and impressive nonetheless. Scattered amongst an engaging story, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook.
This is not just a story about a writer entering a memory competition, but an entertaining and informative study of human memory capabilities. Anyone of us really can greatly improve our ability to remember information. This audio book will explain how. It's very well written, researched and narrated and well worth listening to.
This is a fantastic book which surprised me more than once. I hoped to get an insight into memory training but because Josh was so immersed in training for the memory championship we learn soo much more. ACE!
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