Moonwalking With Einstein

Moonwalking With Einstein

[the Art and Science of Remembering Everything]

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Having achieved the seemingly unachievable--becoming a U.S. Memory Champion--Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of their memory.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2011.
Edition: Library ed. unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307881601
0307881601
Branch Call Number: CD 153.14 FO
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr., 31 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Chamberlain, Mike

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larters
Aug 17, 2017

A delightful and fascinating book about one journalist's journey into memory competition, first as an observer, and then as a participant. The cast of characters is memorable, and the flow of the narrative is engaging. Equal parts memoir, history, and science, this is well worth a read (or listen, as the case may be).

JCLHopeH Aug 09, 2017

Told from a memoir perspective, this isn't intended to be self-help, although there are plenty of interesting strategies presented for memory improvement as the author shares his own experiment of training for memory competition. I'm excited that there's hope for conquering my perpetual forgetfulness!

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jkvalley73
Jan 27, 2016

This was a fun read (listen) and I gained a few tips along the way. Mostly it was very entertaining, very well researched, and very informative. Three thumbs up. Also: A pickled jar of garlic, a tub of cottage cheese, pete-smoked salmon, six bottles of white wine, three pairs of socks, some hula hoops... (get the book).

lilly29 May 06, 2014

This audio recording made reading "Moonwalking with Einstein" a little easier. I had to read this book for a graduate class and did not have much time. I am glad I was able to borrow this material.

There was a minor error. There was a word in the book that the narrator did not read. It was exciting to come across this mistake while reading about memory and precision!

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

Who knew that a book on memory would be the most visual experience of my year? Of course any memory expert will tell you that the easiest memories to recall are ones that stand out from the rest. Moonwalking with Einstein is a history of memory and of trying to remember. It's also a partial how-to guide on memorizing unusually long lists of trivial data. One of the most interesting tidbits from the book is how we consider the ability to recall nearly perfectly a good thing and yet those rare individuals whose minds approach a true photographic status are seen as handicapped due to their lessened ability to distinguish the quality of a memory.

There's a scene near the end of the book, during the Speed Cards round at the U.S. Memory Championships, where the title of the book comes from. The excitement of this moment is a perfect climax for both the reader and the author's efforts.

Given the recent success of a movie like Moneyball (about baseball statistics) I think it's possible that a movie about memory could be a hit as well.

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