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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Tammet Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tc | 2/13/2014

    " not well written. the concept/life is more interesting than the book itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joni | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting true story about living with autism. It was amazing to read about his extraordinary abilities and yet he had such disabilities. It was interesting to learn that his mind associated letters and numbers with colors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christy | 1/31/2014

    " This man is amazing, truly an inspiring story. I highly recommend this for anyone whose has a loved one affected by autism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 1/30/2014

    " Really interesting - I have a student that is a blind savant sax player (yeah! really!) and it's fascinating to try and figure out how his mind works.... "

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