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Ruby Wax's No-Brainer: It's All in the Mind

An Audible Original
By: Ruby Wax
Narrated by: Ruby Wax
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

Could we be happier? Calmer? Better human beings? 

In this Audible Original, Ruby Wax hunts down her heroes - brain scientists - in the UK and across America, to learn more about what makes us tick: why we get stressed, how we feel pain, what makes us addicted - and has a lot of fun along the way.  

She faces death with Past Mortems author Carla Valentine, explores how video games affect our attention with gamification expert Gabe Zichermann, and discovers the benefits of vaginal smearing with Professor Tim Spector. Natural Born Learners author Alex Beard reveals what teenagers really need to know for a good education and visitors to a New York soup kitchen help Ruby confront her fear of compassion. 

In No-Brainer Ruby draws on memories of her own difficult childhood and long history of depression and makes you laugh out loud with her frank observations and anarchic questions. You’ll learn a lot about your brain, and hear a ton of advice on how to use it better.

©2018 Ruby Wax (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Fantastic from start to finish

This was so fascinating and funny and thought provoking - never wanted it to end. Ruby is incredibly honest and constantly draws on her own personal experiences - hope she does another !

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I actually enjoyed it!!

Hi - I freely admit to having reservations about this audiobook, but I'm glad I listened to it. widened my understanding on a couple of different MH areas and have warmed to Ruby Wax

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great read

ruby wax is hilarious she made a complex thing easy to follow and understand going to def read more by her now

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Fun, inspiring and educational.

An interesting look into being human. I have already recommended this to others and think that everyone will learn something from it.

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loved it

I laughed, learnt and enjoyed my first auditable book. Ruby, do another soon, you had me laughing on a Monday morning, stuck in traffic, on the bus as I traveled to work. I've changed already.

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essential listening for all with a working brain!!

If you have ever had a thought , an emotion , an experience , felt pain or just grown up then this is essential listening . I wish it were a written book that I could share with the masses

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Wow, a game changer

As a 30 something, mum, teacher, wife with M.E I was looking for answers; instead I found inspiration, new interests and a way forward. If you have chronic pain, depression or you are ageing (ain’t that everyone) this is a must in your life.

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A series of really interesting interviews .

I liked the interview recordings very much , it breaks the chapters up well and keeps you interested as it's not just Ruby, who I will say I also found inspiring, she manages to get a potentially boring topic (self help) across with humor and the people she's included in the book are great . I especially enjoyed the children managing chapter hilarious:)

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You won’t regret it.

If you have any interest in how the brain works, how we function as people or in the pros and cons of the modern world on our mental states, you will not regret listening to this book. Ruby Wax strikes a perfect balance between scientific information and wit, I will definitely be listening to it again.

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Poor formatting - couldn't finish 😯

I love Ruby and have been constantly listening to her 3 previous books for the last couple of months. However, my excitement about continuing the journey with this one was short-lived and I'm looking to see if I can return it. It's done as a series of interviews, perhaps carried out in a pub toilet, as the sound engineering leaves me struggling to listen to it. I had to stop after the first chapter when I realised the next one followed the same format.

A good book I suspect, but not one I'll be listening to. Sorry 😒

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  • mojobo48
  • 02-12-18

Ruby gets in the way

This conveys great information in an interview format but there were times I wanted to scream, “Ruby...TOO MUCH INFORMATION!!!” Her self-disclosures were often helpful but a few were painful to hear (her mother placing her daughter’s hand on a hot burner to teach her not to touch a hot stove - what psychosis is this?}. Others were inappropriate; joking about smearing her babies with her own vaginal fluid because they were born by c-section and thus, did not have the antibodies that come with a vaginal birth. I could have lived without that. Other insights were good; a high point was an interview with a woman who lives with constant pain from a spinal cord injury serenely and without drugs, using mindfulness and meditation. Amazing. But Ruby got in the way too often.

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  • baigalmaa damdinsuren
  • 09-11-18

Lively informative listen

After listening to the book I just wanted to take care of myself more. The book narration was on point, lightheaded, informative.

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  • cristina feeley
  • 24-10-18

worth listening twice

so much to learn! I'll definitely be listening again. Ruby's cute, too, and awesome guest speakers