• The Memory Code

  • The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over
  • By: Lynne Kelly
  • Narrated by: Louise Siverson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the past the elders had encyclopaedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across the landscape and the stars in the sky, too. Yet most of us struggle to memorise more than a short poem.

Using traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines as the key, Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world. She has discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret behind the great stone monuments like Stonehenge, which have for so long puzzled archaeologists.

The stone circles across Britain and Northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, huge animal shapes in Peru, and the statues of Easter Island all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in nonliterate cultures to memorise the vast amounts of practical information they needed to survive.

In her fascinating audiobook, The Memory Code, Lynne Kelly shows us how we can use this ancient technique to train our memories today.

©2016 Lynne Kelly (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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So much to offer

Found it inspirational, terrified about what might already be lost and what will be lost if we don’t value what oral cultures around the world have to offer

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Good book, a bit repetitive

I purchased this book because i am very interested in developing my memory and memory techniques. I really enjoyed the book, since it gave me new ideas on how to expand my memory systems, mix different techniques and develop more ways of storing information. It is definitely worth the read. Having said that, the descriptive part on archeological sites is a bit too similar and dense in my opinion. A bit too much like reading the PHD dissertation than a leisure book. I would much rather have the author expand on how & why she chose to create her different memory journeys, as well as the troubles and tips she found while making her different mnemonic devices and how she thinks we could apply these techniques it in today's world.

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thoroughly enjoyable, practical and enlightening

Would you listen to The Memory Code again? Why?

This book was thoroughly enjoyable in both is revelations around memory devices used by both neolithic cultures and indigenous cultures around the world (they may have been understood by others but this is the first account of them that made sense to me). The book was beautifully read by Louise Silverson. I had heard of the oral histories of the indigenous cultures of New Zealand and Australia but had never conceived any notion of how they achieved their incredible feats of memory. Lynne beautifully outlines some of these methods and more importantly, for me, helps me understand how country and songlines become so important to telling that story for indigenous groups - a concept I knew about but couldn't quite comprehend previously. It also occurs to me that so many 'libraries' were destroyed by our forebears inability to understand the impact of taking children away from their countries and cultures and displacing whole groups - how much knowledge have been lost because a generation wasn't taught these histories. We still ache as a culture when we think about the great libraries of Alexandria and the Serapeum being burnt and lost and the vast amount of knowledge that was lost as a result - even more so when one considers the hundreds of years (thousands in some cases) being lost by wilful ignorance and prejudice on the part of a culture that was arrogant enough to consider the indigenous cultures as inferior or uneducated. Thank you Lynne Kelly for a wonderful book written for the lay person like me to understand.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lynne Kelly and Epsi - I can just see them on their walks

Which scene was your favorite?

Lynne walking us through her songline journey

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

'we were once google' - unfortunately a quote

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  • mazc
  • 01-07-18

Fascinating

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Makes you look at things very differently in terms of pre-history.

What other book might you compare The Memory Code to, and why?

Maybe because I've just finished it, but Ancient Wonderings includes speculation about how neolithic people in the UK would pass on information about landscapes and routes.

What about Louise Siverson’s performance did you like?

Very good indeed.

Any additional comments?

She places her research in the context of her own world and life, but doesn't stray too far from her essential purpose of enlightening people about how ancient knowledge held by communities was (and in some cases still is) passed on through challenging memory feats via stories, landmarks and objects.

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  • Jo
  • 08-23-16

Fascinating, this book changed my thinking

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a truly fascinating book. It challenged many of my preconceptions, answered many of the questions I've had about Australian aboriginal songlines, and just opened my eyes to non-literate cultures and the value of their memory systems. This was a remarkable book, well written, well narrated.

What does Louise Siverson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Really well narrated, a pleasure to listen to.

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

Understanding the value of maintaining song lines through initiation rites only. It really opened my eyes. How memory codes aren't linear and are difficult to explain and don't quite fit into our literate concepts of the world.

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  • Chris Howard au
  • 08-17-18

Stunning well researched and convincing theory

Lynee Kelly's theory is groundbreaking and utterly believable. It makes a lot of sense and clearly explains why and how non-literate cultures could retain massive amounts of knowledge across thousands of years.

It also reminds us of how much we can learn from existing non-literate indigenous cultures, how much we have lost, and how much more we risk losing.

The book is wonderful, but the narration of the audio book makes it hard to listen to at times, as the narrator often "performs" the text as if reading fiction, embellishing and adding flourishes which at times makes the author sound pretentious, particularly in the early chapters. I bought the print version and can vouch there are not the plethora of exclamation points the narrator inserts.

Highly recommended listen (or read).

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  • paul
  • 06-14-18

fascinating topic, a bit pretentious

Comes across as more of her life story in writing on the subject rather than it being about the subject itself. I'd rather hear about the culture than your trips here and there to learn the culture in each chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

ground breaking!

This has lined up with my beliefs, we we're smart! and I was hoping to hear Graham Hancock's name at some point, this is all so bumbling, I can't wait to start creating my own memory palaces.

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  • Michele Cunningham
  • 01-06-18

What a facinating book.

l wish this book had been written before I went looking at Neolithic barrows in Cornwall in 2007

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  • Michael
  • 11-26-17

Halfway to Graham Hancock

Although the central idea is interesting and logical, the book itself makes some sweeping generalisations. Rarely does the author reference the views/myths/explanations from the cultures themselves. There is also very little actual evidence and a lot of rehashing ideas (eg. this type of stone is a clear example of a performance space for private and public performances). I found myself over and over asking why, what evidence, please explain? Imagine Graham Hancock's Magicians of the Gods or Fingerprints of the Gods but with none of the evidence.

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  • Peter Jeffrey
  • 08-12-17

Brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of The Memory Code to be better than the print version?

No

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory Code?

Lynne's visit to stonehenge

What does Louise Siverson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Convenience whilst driving

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

Excited to learn from someone who has done so much research

Any additional comments?

Best book I have ever read and the audible version is an Extra bonus

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  • Rajesh
  • 07-31-17

Interesting treatment of the subject

Loved the book. I wished there were more chapters like the Journey through time. The rest of the book actually builds to that chapter. Definitely a great resource.

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  • Kulcha
  • 06-25-17

Connections Galore

Fascinating book making and inspiring amazing connections to many aspects of life and history. The respect for indigenous wisdom and tradition is beautifully articulated and solid, not needing sentimentality or 'European angst' to support the case. Great way to shift perspectives