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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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Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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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