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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: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455198030
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 San | 1/18/2014

    " Interesante, pero de hueva. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Dumbleton | 1/15/2014

    " A fantastic exploration of the effects of digital technology on the cognitive functioning of the mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anson | 1/11/2014

    " Awesome book on how the Internet and google are causing havac to our brain and destroying our ability to deep think and concentrate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayne | 1/8/2014

    " Supremely perceptive, and with an argument like a newer and more general version of Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Torgerson | 12/29/2013

    " Review forthcoming. Is the internet changing the way you think? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelclifden | 11/11/2013

    " Great read with some solid science thrown in to back up his thesis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ✓ali | 11/8/2013

    " You can skip first four chapters.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 9/29/2013

    " a really interesting look at what is happening to our brains thanks to the internet and also puts media use in a fascinating historical context. Non fiction lovers and geeks, especially into history, brain science and philosophy, will love this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Saywell | 7/18/2013

    " Thought provoking and contains some good theories about how technology is changing our brains. But a bit repetitive. Could have been half as long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 5/3/2013

    " I learned from this excellent, approachable book that I need to spend far less time on the internet as it is altering the behaviour of my brain, and not for the better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narasu | 12/10/2012

    " An interesting book on an interesting subject. It didn't blow me away and I skimmed through a lot of the historical stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annfairfaxbaker | 8/28/2012

    " Excellent and entertaining description of how our neuroplastic brains are affected by the constant distractions of the internet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 8/7/2012

    " Really fascinating look at how the tools we use to process information can shape our brains and the way we think. He goes all the way back to what happened when people first put things down in writing all the way up to google, so it's also a really neat history of how people view the brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Job Dalomba | 7/26/2012

    " This was an interesting book. Really eye opening in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.J. | 5/28/2011

    " A great book that cautions us to be aware of the effects that technology can have on our way of thinking and living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LuAnn Oburn | 5/14/2011

    " A very interesting read on how our brains have become "rewired" since the dawn of the internet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/9/2011

    " Some of the facts of this book were fascinating, but overall, nothing groundbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 5/1/2011

    " So far really interesting, but kind of depressing. Its helping me understand my recent memory loss and lack of ability to focu "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 4/27/2011

    " Brilliant! Essential reading for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 4/10/2011

    " great book. carr's argument is sound about how our technologies work with the plasticity that our brains exhibit to change them. worth the read, and worth thinking about in our technological lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 4/7/2011

    " This book helped me decrease my Internet consumption, helping me to think deeper and to focus on what I'm reading, not on what I'm not. A great read for anyone who uses the internet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/3/2011

    " Thought provoking and contains some good theories about how technology is changing our brains. But a bit repetitive. Could have been half as long. "

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About the Author
Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as The Big Switch and Does IT Matter? His articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and the New Republic, and he writes the widely read blog Rough Type. He has been writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and an executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.
About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.