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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: January 2007 ISBN: 9781400174034
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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!

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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 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 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 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 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.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Remy | 1/30/2014

    " Les 5 etoiles sont pour avoir eu le courage de publier un livre qui etale la vie de l'auteur sans chichis ni fioritures. C'est simple et bien ecrit. En bref, une jolie lecon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Defay | 1/29/2014

    " Extremely interesting and great narration (Simon Vance) of a story of an autistic savant (Daniel Tammet) and how he sees the world. Uplifting, hopeful, and sometimes humorous, I would highly recommend it if you like this subject matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regan Lambert | 1/10/2014

    " An amazing insight into an autistic-savants mind. You will see life in a whole new light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 12/29/2013

    " Facinating so far... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TB | 12/12/2013

    " One of the freaking most interesting guys alive. I cannot believe some of the things his mind is capable of. Totally an interesting book and unreal the things he has accomplished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dick Tatro | 11/28/2013

    " I read this book primarily because my daughter has autism. This book is good because it discusses this disorder and shows that austisic people have many abilities. I do not fully endorse this book because it is about savants and most autistic people are not savants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 11/10/2013

    " i think this book is the greatest book i had ever read, this book changed the way i see the world not only emotionally but physically "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ren | 10/31/2013

    " I only give this four stars simply because I was never given the chance to finish it!! This book is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.interruptus | 9/25/2013

    " Uneven. A lot of it felt like impersonal recounting of events. Other parts were quite interesting, eg where he talks about his synesthesia, the work he had to put in to consciously acquire social skills, and meeting Kim Peek, the real-life inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lis | 9/22/2013

    " A fascinating and illuminating account of Daniel's life. What he has achieved amazed me - things I wouldn't be brave enough to do. I have to confess to skimming over some of his detailed explanations but I have a lazy brain! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/14/2013

    " Tammet gives us a fascinating glimpse into the way someone's mind works when he has Asperger's syndrom. His descriptions of the way he sees numbers is especially fascinating. Some people will be put offby his description of falling in love with another man, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 3/3/2013

    " I was in awe and amazed at how well this young man has learned to traverse the difficulties that come with Autism and Asperger's Disease to reach heights never thought possible by others let alone himself. It is a very inspiring and insightful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Anderson | 10/16/2012

    " This isn't a book you read for pleasure, but for understanding. If you don't know someone on the autism spectrum, this may be a hard one to enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 4/2/2012

    " Testing this function on the iPad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 11/5/2011

    " This book made me realize a lot about Asperger's that I did not know! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/1/2011

    " A really great read about an extraordinary person. I particularly enjoy autobiographies, which is what this one is. During the book, I went and YouTubed a few of the experiences he talks about - his interview on Letterman, his Icelandic interview, etc. Beyond remarkable. What an amazing person! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomgroff | 9/24/2011

    " Interesting memoir, though a little dry at times. I feel bad for Daniel because his circumstances were so difficult growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arabvoicesspeak | 8/4/2011

    " Not sure what got me to pick this book from the shelve of our local book store! I could not stop reading it. Its very important for "normal" people to read about mental illness! And how a parent can help a child over come it and be some thing in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vilo | 6/20/2011

    " A very interesting autobiography of a man with Asperger's syndrome who has savant characteristics. Especially interesting how he credits his large family with socializing him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donncha | 6/12/2011

    " Starts off quite interesting, but meanders a bit towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 11/29/2010

    " Fascinating look at how the human brain works, using insights from the author's autistic savant experience and modern science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent | 4/19/2010

    " A nice look at Daniel Tammet's life and approach to knowledge and learning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/11/2010

    " A great sequel to Born on A Blue Day. Forces you to look at the brain, and the world, differently. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Austin | 2/24/2010

    " So bad. So pointless. So self-indulgent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crandash | 1/29/2010

    " non fiction. helps to understand how the mind works. he is austictic savant, very intelligent. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist, and educator. He is the author of Thinking in Numbers, Embracing the Wide Sky, and the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day. In a poll of Britons, he was named one of the world’s one hundred living geniuses. Tammet has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and many other publications. He lives in Paris.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.