Derren Brown has received a lot of attention with his Channel 4 TV shows demonstrating the amazing ability to influence people using hypnosis and other psychological techniques. This book gives an excellent overview of the ideas and concepts of hypnosis and how he uses them. He is very careful to describe the difference between theraputic hypnosis and stage hypnosis and the ethics associated with using these techniques. I don't think a beginner could learn hypnosis from scratch using this book alone. He provides a few excellent examples, but does not describe in sufficient detail the process of putting someone into a hypnotic state. With this in mind, I found his insight, entertaining, and engaging. I always prefer books read by the author, and this was particularly well read, and I didn't want to turn it off. I highly recommend this book as it offers great ideas on the ethical use of hypnosis and the effects it can have on people.
A very interesting overview of these topics, with a good proportion of unknown unknowns.
Takes the listener through the evolution of current thinking to the brink of the current uncertainty. As it is exploring the edges of our current scientific understanding, it provides more of a sketch than an engineering blueprint of the issues; but no criticism there -- if you do want a fully rigorous exposition, the Journal articles are out there somewhere.
Not light listening, so best done while undistracted. Only reservation is one that applied to this medium as a means of delivering technical material, rather than this particular book -- it's harder to rehear than reread when you haven't fully taken something in.
Great narration: good rhythm and conveys a sense of authority over the material.
All in all, walking the dog has rarely been so interesting.