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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Carr Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration yet published of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences. Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Expanding on his Atlantic Monthly cover story, Nicholas Carr debates whether our Internet use is sacrificing both our ability to read long, complex material and to think deeply, with reflection. The author takes a historically thoughtful, logical, and neuroscientific perspective. The histories of the invention of radio as well as the arrival of the personal computer age are engagingly presented. Paul Michael Garcia presents the often-fascinating theories in a curiously uniform gray and uninflected way. Fact and opinion are narrated evenly and without any real emotion or humor. At times, the narration approximates the speech of the disembodied computer HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which the author mentions.”


  • “Neuroscience and technology buffs, librarians, and Internet users will find this truly compelling.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[Carr] is an astute critic of the information technology revolution. Here he looks to neurological science to gauge the organic impact of computers, citing fascinating experiments that contrast the neural pathways built by reading books versus those forged by surfing the hypnotic Internet, where portals lead us on from one text, image, or video to another while we’re being bombarded by messages, alerts, and feeds...What are the consequences of new habits of mind that abandon sustained immersion and concentration for darting about, snagging bits of information? What is gained and what is lost? Carr’s fresh, lucid, and engaging assessment of our infatuation with the Web is provocative and revelatory.”


  • “Cogent, urgent, and well worth reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
  • A 2011 PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Roger Tuinstra | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting analysis of how the physical brain is affected by our distracted lifestyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sperks | 2/1/2014

    " Great, great book. It's made a huge impact on my time spent on the computer, my conversations at parties, and my general view of where technology is headed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Readnponder | 1/27/2014

    " I read Carr's original article in the Atlantic Monthly two years ago. I was eager to read more about neuroscience and the internet. I hope there will be more research and dialog on this critical subject. However, this book dragged at times. I felt like the author was struggling to meet a publisher's page requirement. I also felt the author could have done a better job in explaining the scientific research. For example, Rebecca Skloot in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" did an excellent job of presenting complex scientific material in a way that English majors could understand. Carr is not quite to Skloot's level yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn Phelps | 1/23/2014

    " A scary look at the actual physical changes that are taking place in our brain. In the author's words: "The simulations of the Net can be invigorating and inspriring. We wouldn't want to give them up. But they are, as well, exhausting and distracting...One of the greatest dangers we face as we autmoate th work of our minds is...a slow erosion of our humanness and our humnaity. "

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