The Shallows

  • by Nicholas Carr
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind.
“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Absolutely brilliant

Would you listen to The Shallows again? Why?

This book gives a comprehensive review of how communication and media have changed over the ages, and of the effects this has had on our minds and the way we think. It covers an enormously broad scope of history yet is fascinating at every turn, and this is the first book I've really felt compelled to take the time to review. Several months after finishing it the book is still resonating with me, and this is despite the fact that I have read many neuroscience books both before and after The Shallows. Reading this book will really open your eyes, and you won't forget it.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narration is excellent; well balanced, easy to listen too, and really brings the story to life. Fantastic job on an amazing book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The internet makes you stupid." There is nothing else it could be!

Any additional comments?

I am buying the hard copy too; I just want this on my shelves.

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- Lisa Hurring

Thought provoking perspective

Where does The Shallows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook is my favourite so far. By content and nature I found it worked in great with the ebook. Audio for easy listening when exercising or doing tasks, reading when you get time to sit and concentrate.

Who was your favorite character and why?


What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to

If you could give The Shallows a new subtitle, what would it be?

The superficial challenge

Any additional comments?

This is a truly excellent listen/read. If you are a pundit, parent, or professor, it is really worth exploring. I also liked to use of the thoeries and research of John Sweller. It has a far reaching impact on us and our education system with enough examples and friendly explantion to make it practical. My background is in Computing Science and Mathematics in industry but I am now education and this provides a foundation to compare theories to (EG: try looking at this perspective on Multiple Intelligences).

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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios