Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

By Joshua Foer
Read by Mike Chamberlain

9.50 Hours 03/03/2011 unabridged
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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A New York Times Best Book of the Year, 2011

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year, 2011

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2011

The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.



From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Foer’s] assemblage of personal mnemonic images is riotous. He makes suspenseful an event animated mostly by the participants’ ‘dramatic temple massaging.’” New York Times Book Review
“In his captivating new book, Moonwalking With Einstein, the young journalist Joshua Foer tackles the subject of memory the way George Plimpton tackled pro football and boxing…Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it’s informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context.” New York Times
“Memory...makes us who we are. Our memories, Foer tells us, are the seat of civilization, the bedrock of wisdom, the wellspring of creativity. His passionate and deeply engrossing book means to persuade us that we shouldn’t surrender them to integrated circuits so easily. It is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind.” Washington Post
“[A] crisply entertaining book.” Sunday Times (London)
“[An] endearingly geeky world...witty and revelatory...[The] journey certainly demonstrates how much memory matters.” Guardian (London)
“Foer’s book is great fun and hugely readable...Always fascinating and frequently mind-boggling, Moonwalking with Einstein is a book worth remembering.” Independent (London)
“[A] wise, witty, and...memorable book.” Barnes & Noble editorial review
“Narrator Mike Chamberlain’s enthusiastic and engaging tone, with its occasional gee-whiz note, is a perfect match for Foer...An entertaining experience.” AudioFile
“An engaging, informative, and for the forgetful, encouraging book.” Booklist
“An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by -i- 9/13/2017
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Finally, informative non-fiction that's not boring!

As the title says, this book was far from boring. In fact for me it felt almost like listening to a character novel. The book is written in the fashion of one mans journey through the incredible quirky world of mnemonists, memory championships, and memory history. At times you really do feel like your with him on his quest as you meet strange characters and acquire magic powers. Mike Chamberlain does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life and keeping up your interest in what could easily have been made very dull. There is also quite a lot of good information, enough that, if you wanted to go about improving your memory and learning like me, this is a good place to start.

Author

Author Bio: Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer has written for National GeographicEsquire, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Slate. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English