• Unthinkable

  • An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains
  • By: Helen Thomson
  • Narrated by: Helen Thomson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-22-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • 5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How the mind works - everything from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity - explained in nine extraordinary human stories.

Imagine...getting lost in a one-room flat; seeing auras; never forgetting a moment; a permanent orchestra in your head; turning into a tiger; life as an out-of-body experience; feeling other people's pain; being convinced you are dead; becoming a different person overnight.

Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced - or disappeared overnight?

Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people. From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways.

Delving into the rich histories of these conditions, exploring the very latest research and cutting-edge medical techniques, Thomson explains the workings of our consciousness, our emotions, our creativity and even the mechanisms that allow us to understand our own existence.

Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable.

©2018 Helen Thomson (P)2018 John Murray Press

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  • Kazza
  • 03-12-18

Extremely fascinating

This is definitely a "can't put down" kind of book, I have never really paid any interest in this topic but it was truly fascinating to listen to Helen relay her conversations with people, I loved the details of these conditions and how they affect people, it made me feel that it's ok to be weird and think the way I do. Helen has a wonderful speaking voice she is so easy on the ear, I was dissapointed when the book ended.

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  • esme
  • 06-04-18

Very Interesting

Very interesting and well told. So many different people and their stories told in the most heartfelt and funny way. Loved this book from start to finish and shall be listening to it again x

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  • Stephen McKinnell
  • 06-02-18

Interesting Book

I enjoyed this book, Helen’s pleasant voice and the people she was talking about kept me engaged. Very interesting. Although I’m not so sure that mind=brain will be sustained for much longer. 🤔

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-18

Simply Amazing!

Thought provoking, smile on your dial, mouth open listening. Helen Thomson does an awesome job narrating - top job!

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  • Nitin
  • 04-09-18

Fantastic!

Absolutely loved it. It's beautifully written, and the reading by the author added weight to the stories presented in the book and gives a sense of enthusiasm the author has for the subject.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-18

fascinating, amazing, inspiring!

The stories were fascinating and so interesting. the science was explained in a way that is easily understood. I loved it!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Really interesting

This is a great book, the people's stories are beautifully told. If you are interested in the quirks of the human mind then you won't be disappointed