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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Foer Narrator: Mike Chamberlai Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind—and revolutionizes our concept of memory.

On average, people squander forty days a year compensating for things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the US Memory Championship.

Moonwalking with Einstein
 draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, Foer discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories. 

At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer’s bid to resurrect the forgotten art of remembering becomes an urgent quest. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author’s own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Foer’s] assemblage of personal mnemonic images is riotous. He makes suspenseful an event animated mostly by the participants’ ‘dramatic temple massaging.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In his captivating new book, Moonwalking With Einstein, the young journalist Joshua Foer tackles the subject of memory the way George Plimpton tackled pro football and boxing…Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it’s informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context.”

    New York Times

  • “Memory...makes us who we are. Our memories, Foer tells us, are the seat of civilization, the bedrock of wisdom, the wellspring of creativity. His passionate and deeply engrossing book means to persuade us that we shouldn’t surrender them to integrated circuits so easily. It is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] crisply entertaining book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[An] endearingly geeky world...witty and revelatory...[The] journey certainly demonstrates how much memory matters.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Foer’s book is great fun and hugely readable...Always fascinating and frequently mind-boggling, Moonwalking with Einstein is a book worth remembering.”

    Independent (London)

  • “[A] wise, witty, and...memorable book.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Narrator Mike Chamberlain’s enthusiastic and engaging tone, with its occasional gee-whiz note, is a perfect match for Foer...An entertaining experience.”


  • “An engaging, informative, and for the forgetful, encouraging book.”


  • “An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2011
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Best Book of the Year, 2011
  • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gerrit | 2/19/2014

    " I already knew about the techniques described in this book, but the storytelling was pretty good. Don't turn to this as a resource if you want to learn mnemonic tricks; it doesn't explain how to learn them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joshua | 2/10/2014

    " A well written easy read that weaves together the author's investigation into the idea of memory and his own story of attempting to better his memory. I expected it to have a bit more practical tips and techniques on memory improvement but it was still a fun read. "

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

    " This was a fascinating book, delving into memory from many angles - I especially enjoyed the history and the science. All the work to compete successfully at the national level is documented, although this is a case study, not a self-help book. The interviews and profiles of other memory case studies and savants added immensely to the material. The nearly 9 page bibliography neatly wraps the bow. Well done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by jobiwan07 | 1/30/2014

    " A fun read. Investigative journalist Joshua Foer becomes the U.S. Memory Olympics champion after only one year of training! Memory tricks are useful in tons of different ways. It's fun to work them into your everyday life. "

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