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Moonwalking with Einstein

The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Autor: Joshua Foer
Sprecher: Mike Chamberlain
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 31 Min.
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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.

©2011 Joshua Foer (P)2011 Penguin Books Ltd

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"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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A skill we all possess !

Joshua takes you along on a beautiful ride and a very easy to listen to thanks to a very good reader. The book talks about memory in a very well thought Chronologie covering many aspects of how we understand memory so far. I was a little bit sad that the writer didn't mention the middle eastern culture of memorizing long poems and the quran, and the west african oral documentation culture which still exist. Overall as a person who relay alot on my own memory this book motivated me to develop this skill.

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Not what I expected

I was searching for an audiobook which would help me to learn about memory techniques. Regrettably this book just tells about the authors personal journey in becoming a “mental athlete”, history, anecdotes and so on. All in all: quite entertaining but the wrong choice when it comes to improving your own mental skills. The best which I could probably learn is checking out “Tony Buzan” who came to fame in memory competitions.

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excellent

super story. uplifting. i may try this myself at least on a smaller scale. read.

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Unterhaltsam und lehrreich

Es ist kein Gedächtnis-Training, aber profund und sehr unterhaltsam. Man wird in die Welt der Mnemotic-Community eingeführt mit etwas kritischer Distanz und doch auch mit unverholener Sympathie. Sie kann durchaus anregen weitere Literatur zu lesen, die die Tricks der Gedächtnis-Künstler genauer ausführen.
Der Sprecher war für mich etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, da ich eher welche mit Englischem oder Ostküsten Akzent bevorzuge, aber sie passte doch gut vom Alter und der Emphase zu dem Autor.