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Yes it is a grab bag of many ideas that are how to get the most out of your brain. However, unlike many self help books, Dr Restak's suggestions are all based on scientific study of the brain and his personal practice. I personally tried some. They seem to work for me.
I subtracted one star because he provides MANY ideas on how to get your brain maximized but not how to get most or all his ideas into practice. I was overwhelmed with his MANY ideas and did not know how to get MOST into practice in my life. I had to develop my own plan of attack for getting some if not many of these great ideas incorporated in my life.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
I thought this was an excellent book. There was a lot of interesting material in it, and it provided a thought provoking look at how the brain works, how we can help the brain work at peak efficiency (i.e. get smarter), and suggestions of other books to read to learn more about the material.
The one major flaw that this book suffers from is that it is unabridged, and the narrator literally reads the exercises from the back of the chapters. This is great if you want to do the exercises to try to increase your brain's capacity to think, but it is annoying if you (like me) listen to the book while driving and just want to hear the author's thoughts on the inner workings of the brain. Audible doesn't provide convinient tract numbers to skip over the exercises either, so it becomes necessary to listen to them.
However, I suppose it is worth mentioning that many audiobooks leave out things like exercises, and that this can be annoying too. So it's a double edged sword: you get everything in the unabridged format. But, overall, the book is definitely worth the read...
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this title. It's written in an entertaining way with very useful and enjoyable excercises. All the info is well grounded in the latest brain science so it will be effective.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book is long and boring with few take home messages. I would not recommend it.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful