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Publisher's Summary

A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.

Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water - it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.

©2014 Wallace J. Nichols (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Listening to Blue Mind is my preferred mode

Where does Blue Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book lends itself to being listened to. The stories, anecdotes and information are healing, comforting and exciting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are many heroes in this book. Author Wallace J. Nichols illustrates the new discoveries with stories about a fascinating cast of characters.

Which character – as performed by Wallace J. Nichols – was your favorite?

Wallace J. Nichols has an easy to follow and comforting voice. His narration is excellent.

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

I have a good background in the fields involved... but I was often delightened and surprised at the way Nichols connects the dots so expertly.

Any additional comments?

I am a major Audible fan but some books are more conducive to being listened to. This is one I return to over and over.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful and inspiring

This book was truly wonderful. It would bring me calm after dealing with the stresses of the day and really made me want to go to the water and relax. It makes you aware of the different neuroprocessors at work when you are trying to become calm or are getting happy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Maureen
  • Dillon Beach, CA, United States
  • 04-15-15

I Highly Recommend This Book!

Wow There was so much covered in this book and in such a clear fashion. I listened to the whole book while walking the beach or while just looking at the Pacific Ocean. And I can't believe how much this book has changed the way feel about the Ocean. It cracked open my Blue Mind and I can't wait to listen to it again. Very well written and researched! It's also the very first book that I've ever listened to where the author reads The acknowledgments at the end of the book - very nice touch. It showed the sincerity of the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This is why authors shouldn't read their own work.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't even last past the introduction. <br/><br/>The author reads<br/>in chunks of three<br/>to four words<br/>at a time, occasionally finishing a sentence.<br/><br/>Just because he wrote the words doesn't mean he's a good performer and reading books is performance.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

The performance was dreadful, so I didn't even make it out of the intro.

Would you be willing to try another one of Wallace J. Nichols’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was Blue Mind worth the listening time?

See above.

Any additional comments?

Really, seriously, this is important. Hire a director who knows how to teach public speaking or get a professional actor to read books. Authors are frequently dreadful readers and this is a prime example of just such a case. Listening to this reminds me of sitting through paper after paper at academic conferences, read by people who hadn't rehearsed their presentations. I listen to audiobooks for entertainment as well as edification. When half of that equation is missing, it's a waste of my time.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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An exceptional book, and a catalyst for change

I found this to be an exceptional book and a wonderful catalyst for change.

the book touched on a variety of subjects but always coming back to the common theme of water; and how it affects us.

if you enjoy psychology or any social science this book is definitely worth picking up.

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Hooked on Blue

If you could sum up Blue Mind in three words, what would they be?

Fanatic about Blue

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Relief

What aspect of Wallace J. Nichols’s performance would you have changed?

Add some sounds for Pete's sake.

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

No, but I did learn a thing or 2.

Any additional comments?

This is an informational book about the mind and advancements to learn more. The author is a gentle soul worth listening too but don't expect earth shattering revelations.

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Amazing and life altering book - all for the good!

Amazing, insightful, inspirational and with well cited facts. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Wallace J. Nichols did a fantastic in writing this book and relaying this incredibly important information about our collective Blue Mind. (I also think he did a fantastic job as audio narrator) Overall this book is life altering for this land locked mermaid - there are changes in my near future. Thank you Wallace J. Nichols, your work is an inspiration and your words have brought me back to where my mind needs to be! #bluemind

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This is a vital book for all humanity

This book is a treasure for mankind. It gets to the basics of why nature can heal those who have chronic pain, suffer from addiction or PTSD, and help lift the grey heaviness of depression. It is written in a way that shows not just tells us why water and our "blue marble" (Earth) is worth protecting. Beautiful!

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Wonderful. Period.

Get this book now. Wonderfully written and constructed. It touches on so many issues that are so very important to our day to day (I'm writing this while sitting in the sand at Ocean Beach, San Francisco - I was born and raised in Santa Cruz) Everyone could benefit from experiencing this book... I plan to give my hard copy to a co-worker. And perhaps a blue marble as well.

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Water lovers will be delighted!

What does Wallace J. Nichols bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The author brings passion and love to the book through his voice!

Any additional comments?

I love water, swimming and am a Pisces, so that helped me to love this book. It is scientific, but the author infuses enthusiasm making it an enjoyable listen. I now know more clearly why I need my ocean fixes and I appreciate even more how therapeutic water is to me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful