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

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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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My audible mind.

I found this quite interesting but I viewed it from a distance as I am 86 which definitely made it a strange experience. .I do think that its no good fearing old age. Poor Ruby, just accept it and make the best of it. It's quite a big challenge.

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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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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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Appalled -Supports and promotes testing on animals

Appalled to hear a whole section were Wax goes to animals testing centres and makes jokes about the animals that are tested on and altimately killed... I stopped listening and returned book as I will not support anything associated with animal cruelty !

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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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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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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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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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It's not a book!

I'm relatively new to Audible so maybe this is a non issue to most... my main gripe though with this 'book'is that it isn't a book!

It is a documentary or a podcast. It is a collection of interviews with experts in the area of mindfulness, anxiety, depression etc.

I love Ruby Wax and her knowledge on the subject and her ability to get the issues across was brilliant.... so I listened to the end and enjoyed it for what it was. I just felt a bit cheated!

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Quite interesting Deal of the Day listen.

Some quite interesting information here, if you can put aside Ruby Wax's annoying ego and butting in all the time. She really would do better not being in 'performance' mode, trying to make funny interjections and just generally being more and more annoying. She does however introduce the listener to various 'experts' and researchers in the fields of mindfulness and brain neuroscience, and so can direct you to further research and studies and authors. I will be going to these rather than reading or listening to any more of Wax's books.

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  • veronica carlsson
  • 08-08-19

Love It

Funny take on the hard topic of depression and how to deal with it.
Listening to Ruby's voice in this audiobook gave me so much more than reading it in a paper book.
Happy to recommend it to anyone who like to learn about depression, the brain and how to handle it/yourself.
Thanks Ruby! /V

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  • UncleFred
  • 08-08-19

Announcement: the ending in a new voice

The book is fun and just enough useful starter content is heard in each chapter. Then, "A novice hopes you' ve enjoyed this program. " is heard in a new, living person's voice. This is what I've been waiting for for so long.

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  • Jane
  • 31-03-19

Broad Generalizations Abound

This is a narration around parts of podcasts. I tolerated the author talking over guests, bad jokes, use of the word fireman twice in the first few chapters, and the overgeneralizations resulting from "people are like this" rather than using adjectives such as most, some, etc. The final straw for me was when one of Ruby's experts said that we now know that troubled children come from troubled parents. That kind of statement is so unfair to the parents of children who have mental health issues or trauma. This book boldly perpetuates this nonsense. Since I could not trust the information to be accurate, the book was returned.

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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