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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.
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.
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