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The Memory Illusion is a fascinating piece on neurology, psychology and, basically, how humans think and remember. Dr. Shaw is a luminary and fully grasps her subject. Unfortunately, what this book had in intriguing science it lacked in structure. All chapters (with the exception, perhaps, of the fourth one, which relates to the biology of memory) all feel the same; I couldn't tell you what each one was about.
Siri Steimo offers a relatively robotic performance (she occasionally sounds like a computer-generated narrator). However, she does provide some interesting nuances and intonations at times.
44 of 45 people found this review helpful
it's kind of strange, but knowing so much more about how people can misremember and develop faulty memories (including myself of course) gives me a certain sense of freedom. I have the freedom to react in multiple ways when I interact with someone that may be wrong or lying, and to question myself and seek independent evidence. it's great
26 of 28 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Memory Illusion better?
I never thought I would actually catch myself saying this about a non-fiction book, but here it is: a less arrogant and less condescending tone of the book would have made it so much better and actually enjoyable! Sine the topic of the book is truly fascinating. However, together with the narrator's voice I found it a thoroughly unpleasant listen. On a plus side (from the few chapters I managed to listen to), the book seems to be convincing and easy to follow. From the negative side, even though I found myself agreeing with everything the author was saying, I kept finding myself wanting to actually disagree just because of the self-righteous tone of the book. I tried to keep listening, but since I was not getting any pleasure out of it - was unable to carry on, even though this was exactly the book I was waiting for - a scientific explanation of how memory and brain work. Such a shame! Will be returning it.
Would you ever listen to anything by Julia Shaw again?
No, absolutely not. The author's writing style is not for me.
Would you be willing to try another one of Siri Steinmo’s performances?
No, absolutely not.
38 of 45 people found this review helpful
Overall: It is very good book. Should be read in schools. Everybody should read it. Memory is fundamental to understand the humans. Our perception of the world and our life depends on it. The performance is ok but it's a bit too quick to my opinion. Persevere to the end, the book gets better and better.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful