Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet audiobook

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

By Daniel Tammet
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One of the world's fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story—and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than fifty living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats (think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man). Until now, none of them has ever been capable of discussing his or her thought processes, much less undertake the writing of a book. Daniel Tammet is the first. From childhood, Tammet's problems were immediately apparent. He was shunned by his classmates and often resorted to rocking and humming quietly. Yet he could memorize almost anything, and his math and language skills were astonishing. By the time he entered high school, Daniel was diagnosed as autistic, and he began to discover his own superhuman abilities—calculating huge sums in his head in seconds, learning new languages in one week, and memorizing more than 22,000 digits of pi. With heart-melting simplicity and astonishing self-awareness, Born on a Blue Day tells Daniel's story—from his childhood frustrations to adult triumphs—while explaining how his mind works. He thinks in pictures. He sees numbers as complex shapes; thirty-seven, for example, is lumpy like porridge, while eighty-nine reminds him of falling snow. Today, Daniel has emerged as one of the world's most fascinating minds and inspiring stories. While his brain has amazed scientists for years, everyone will be moved by this remarkable man's life story.

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One of the world's fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story—and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than fifty living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats (think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man). Until now, none of them has ever been capable of discussing his or her thought processes, much less undertake the writing of a book. Daniel Tammet is the first. From childhood, Tammet's problems were immediately apparent. He was shunned by his classmates and often resorted to rocking and humming quietly. Yet he could memorize almost anything, and his math and language skills were astonishing. By the time he entered high school, Daniel was diagnosed as autistic, and he began to discover his own superhuman abilities—calculating huge sums in his head in seconds, learning new languages in one week, and memorizing more than 22,000 digits of pi. With heart-melting simplicity and astonishing self-awareness, Born on a Blue Day tells Daniel's story—from his childhood frustrations to adult triumphs—while explaining how his mind works. He thinks in pictures. He sees numbers as complex shapes; thirty-seven, for example, is lumpy like porridge, while eighty-nine reminds him of falling snow. Today, Daniel has emerged as one of the world's most fascinating minds and inspiring stories. While his brain has amazed scientists for years, everyone will be moved by this remarkable man's life story.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Tammet displays a surprising level of sensitivity---and a refreshing lack of sentimentality---in an account that inspires even as it astonishes. Entertainment Weekly
“With all due respect to Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and any living Nobel laureates, the most remarkable mind on the planet just might belong to Daniel Tammet…Tammet displays a surprising level of sensitivity—and a refreshing lack of sentimentality—in an account that inspires even as it astonishes.” Entertainment Weekly
“Although Tammet is only twenty-seven, his autobiography is as fascinating as Benjamin Franklin’s and John Stuart Mill’s.” Booklist (starred review)
“Artists and poets would give their best simile to perceive things with the same kind of vividness…For anyone interested in the workings of a truly ‘beautiful mind,’ Born on a Blue Day is a banquet.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Author Bio: Daniel Tammet

Author Bio: Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist, and educator. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been featured in the New York Times, London Guardian, London Telegraph, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English