I listen rather than read on train journeys as I can't stand being jostled by other travelers, and walking & listening is so easy
This book follows Joshua Foer through his journey from average guy to memory champ challenger, and while it skims over the various memory methods, if you want to use them, you have to research the information yourself
What is amazing is the amount of people in the memory game who limit themselves to certain types, while Josh, in a year, manages to out-do the "professionals" who have been doing it for years, let alone the "memory freaks" (or false ones) who just have remarkable minds, or don't
If you're interested in your mind and how to expand it, then this is an interesting listen, but it won't teach you, it will just set you on the way, and show you about the memory championships
The narrator is good, almost making you think that it's the voice of Josh Foer, which makes it all the more interesting - a very well read book, and I can't wait to listen to more ready by Mike Chamberlain!
I bought this book wondering whether the passage of time would have dulled it but far from it, the end-notes added by Richard Dawkins, inserted in the right place in the audio track, really add to the story and make it clear when things have changed (few) and when they have been reinforced (many). This is a clear benefit of the audio over the written version. Well-argued, clear and thought-provoking - if you haven't heard it you should. Excellent book, read really well (I like the double act of voices).