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Brain Trust Audiobook

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

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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 2014
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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."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 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.

    17 of 21 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.

    6 of 7 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 2017

    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.

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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.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 06-09-12
    Ray 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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 03-08-16
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 03-08-16 Member Since 2017

    I'm a mom. I read for fun and to bring my family together. We don't have a TV (30 years!) and love the power of books. Read on!

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    "Brain Loss!"
    What did you love best about Brain Trust?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Whew! Glad it is over. Happy reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Acteon 10-14-13
    Acteon 10-14-13

    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


    1 of 1 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 Member Since 2007
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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.

    3 of 4 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 Listener Since 2009
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Theodor Piermont, New York, United States 06-19-12
    Theodor Piermont, New York, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Dissapointing"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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