• The Idiot Brain

  • A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really up To
  • By: Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you?

Why can you recognize that woman, from that thing...but can't remember her name?

And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the fetal position on the sofa for days, moving only to wipe the snot and tears haphazardly from your face? Here's why: the idiot brain.

For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganized. For example, your memory is egotistical. No, really. Conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain. And alcohol can actually improve your memory.**

In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. Along the way he explains the human brain's imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this audiobook is for anyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

**Editor's note: please listen to the book before testing this conclusion.

From the hugely popular Guardian science blogger, a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behavior.

©2016 Dean Burnett (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him... a great read." (Jon Ronson)
"An entertaining romp through the science of our mental mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behaviour." (Gaia Vince)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-16

wild world of the brain explained simply

A great humorous explanation of how our mind works told in a simple way that is both entertaining and informative.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Nobby Senior
  • 02-25-17

WOW! A much needed explanation. Thank you 😊

Wow, what a book. I have just finished a intensive residential programme for PTSD and feel that along with all of the education we received, added to the insight in this book has given me a better understanding of why my brain is experiencing the problems it has and it has given me one more thing to prevent any further rumination on past experiences.
Thank you Dean for providing this opportunity, it was a wonderful and enlightening listen without being bored or confused by technical jargon. Thanks to Matt for having the ability to narrate the facts in the book in a way that kept me listening for longer each time than I probably should have.

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  • Kieron Brogan
  • 01-11-17

Written by a very smart brain

Would you consider the audio edition of The Idiot Brain to be better than the print version?

I've not read the book but the audible version is expertly read and the perfect way to enjoy to enjoy it

Who was your favorite character and why?

No characters just a detailed but very easy to understand insight into the workings of your brain. Very humorous too and I keep returning to listen to it over and over again

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Its not that kind of book but all of it certainly entertained me

Any additional comments?

If you are the slightest bit interested in the working of the brain and mind then don't pass this book by. It is not a stuffy, complicated or wordy book but an entertaining, fascinating, clever and worthwhile listen

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  • Cheryl
  • 08-26-16

Enlightening read

Very entertaining and balances humour with
hard facts extremely well. Made my idiot brain feel like it was actually learning something.

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  • Joe Public
  • 10-05-16

Informative and intertwining

interesting book to read about the way human brain works. made me giggle a couple of times.

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  • Brittany
  • 05-25-16

Fantastic!

loved it! Well written and well read. An extremely interesting delve into our own internal workings!

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  • Jonathan Harrison
  • 01-21-17

enlightened and inspiring

a truly wonderful journey into the depths of the human mind with all its querky nuances revealed for all to explore.

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  • Jacob
  • 06-17-16

Intelligently Hilarious

Very well written and narrated. Extremely informative and interesting as well as hilarious and entertaining, a fantastic audiobook.

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  • Rainer
  • 05-07-16

Interesting and illustrative

This book illustrates the current academic beliefs we have about the brain. It's very comprehensive and explains the inner workings of our brains in lay men's terms. Many misconceptions are explained. I found the audio book worthwhile! Would recommend it if you're into 'understanding how we tick'!

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 04-11-18

This is a 6-star book!!

To me, Dean Burnett is the Brian Cox of neuroscience. He presents the extremely complicated workings of the brain in a way that is understandable, relatable and fun.

If you want an appreciation of the ways our normally functioning brains can be a liability, this is a great book. If you want to wet your appetite after purchasing the book, skip to Chapter 8, and listen to the point where he says "and that is when the brain is working normally", it is about 30 seconds of narration. I guarantee you will want to start listening to the book immediately.

I found this audio book so useful, I bought the kindle edition as a reference aid, and a hard copy for my wife. I often leave 5-star reviews, I seldom take the time to write a review. I only do that when I feel I have something to contribute to other listeners making a choice.

Matt Addis' narration captures the tone of the book perfectly, I hope the Matt Addis is chosen to narrate Dean Burnett's next book, The Happy Brain, which is released on 01 May 2018.

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  • John Robinson
  • 01-03-17

Information and humor

Educational and makes you laugh along the journey. If you are interested in the brain, then this book might tickle your fancy.

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  • kathleen
  • 04-07-16

Sandman

The story and naration had a magical quality for helping me sleep in a time of stress. The text was not taxing and loosely held my attention whilst the narration was even and unobtrusive. Thanks.

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  • Starbuck
  • 06-25-18

A great listen

This book has the perfect combination, a scientist who refers to evidence based research but who also has a great sense of humour which is reflected in his writing.
I learnt so much from this book. It is not airy fairy stuff, just facts rolled into a great format.
As for the narrator.... Awesome! I could listen to him all day, great tone and great accent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-18

very good if you like to learn about being human

it was logical and humerous. explains the brain in layman's terms. highly recommended read it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-18

Insightful and funny

Author provides both a conversational and informative way of explaining neuroscience. Fantastic use of analogies and humour to properly punctuating your understanding of the subject. Perfect for those curious about how the brain works, and how it effects who you are.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-23-17

Great read!

very well written and entertaining narrative. this book is also crammed with a heap of information. I'll have to go over it again! that said knowing this, as accurate as it is for now, has helped me really understand emotions and the nature of things like mood, stress, and development.

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  • Rob
  • 04-19-17

Very interesting and funny.<br />

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  • Mary-Alice
  • 05-08-16

fun and informative

this book was great! so many interesting topics and examples, and it was performed really well.