Moonwalking with Einstein

  • by Joshua Foer
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer's part-memoir, part-guide on mastering your memory. Read by Mike Chamberlain. On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. He also discovered a truth we too often forget: In every way, we are the sum of our memories. In Moonwalking with Einstein Foer draws on cutting-edge research, the cultural history of memory and the techniques of 'mental atheletes' to transform our understanding of human remembering. He learns the ancient methods used by Cicero and Medieval scholars.
He meets amnesiacs, neuroscientists and savants - including a man who claims to have memorized more than nine thousand books. In doing so, he reveals the hidden impact of memory on our lives, and shows how we can all dramatically improve our memories. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer's book is a quest to resurrect the gift we all possess, but that too often slips our minds.


What the Critics Say

"A marvelous overview of one of the most essential aspects of what makes us human - our memory ... Witty and engaging." (Dan Ariely)
"Memory...makes us who we are...passionate and deeply engrossing ...The more we challenge ourselves, the greater our capacity. It's a fact that every teacher, parent and student would do well to learn. The lesson is unforgettable." (Washington Post)
"Captivating ... Engaging ... Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny." (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A very interesting listen

This book follows Joshua Foer through his journey from average guy to memory champ challenger, and while it skims over the various memory methods, if you want to use them, you have to research the information yourself

What is amazing is the amount of people in the memory game who limit themselves to certain types, while Josh, in a year, manages to out-do the "professionals" who have been doing it for years, let alone the "memory freaks" (or false ones) who just have remarkable minds, or don't

If you're interested in your mind and how to expand it, then this is an interesting listen, but it won't teach you, it will just set you on the way, and show you about the memory championships

The narrator is good, almost making you think that it's the voice of Josh Foer, which makes it all the more interesting - a very well read book, and I can't wait to listen to more ready by Mike Chamberlain!
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- Philip "I listen rather than read on train journeys as I can't stand being jostled by other travelers, and walking & listening is so easy"

Worth a read

This is a great story with an interesting end but there are a few little annoyances I had with the Audiobook. The narrators American accent I found to be a bit annoying especially when describing places in England (of which he names a few) - pronouncing Derby as 'duhby'; and there were a few periods of what seemed to be getting the word count up by citing psychology research of which is vaguely relevant, yet not that interesting.
Overall I would be lying if I said I wasn't entertained by this book and I did finish it with a smile on my face, but may I suggest Surely You Must Be Joking Mr Feynman for more balanced, science based inspirational non fiction(!)
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.