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Embracing the Wide Sky


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Daniel Tammet has been working with scientists to understand the implications of his condition for neuroscience and our understanding of consciousness. He also runs a web-based diagnostic site for people with autism and lives in Kent with his partner.


Autistic savant Tammet's follow-up to his 2007 New York Times best-selling memoir, Born on a Blue Day, delves into the vast array of human understanding and how our brains work. Drawing on personal experience as well as on scientific research, he creates the equivalent of a good college lecture series, with the narrative generating interest as it develops. This smooth audio abridgment benefits from British actor Daniel Gerroll's narration, which renders the prosaic material intriguing. Recommended for public libraries with large audiobook collections. [Audio clip available through audio.simonandschuster.com; an alternate recording, with John Keating reading, is available from Recorded Books.-Ed.]-Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

I am just astounded by the book, it is an extraordinary and monumental achievement that he can look inside his autistic condition and his savant skills and interpret them to us It s as if he s packed 12 years of research into this book, it is intellectually rigorous, insightful and beautifully written for anybody let alone someone with autism. - Allan Snyder, The Weekend AustralianTammet displays warmth and compassion towards those people who are either endeavouring to expand their intellectual potential. - The AgePacked with his clear summaries of fascinating experiments . . . Recent debate has bumped up this book from delightful to vital - Daily Telegraph Entertaining and informative about an impressive range of subjects . . . EMBRACING THE WIDE SKY is fun and inspirational - FT Weekendpacked with his clear summaries of fascinating experiments... Recent debate has bumped up this book from delightful to vital - Telegraph

Following up his critically acclaimed memoir, Born on a Blue Sky, Tammet offers this insightful analysis of autism that sheds light on the differences between savant and nonsavant minds. Reading with intense focus, actor Daniel Gerroll becomes Tammet while still distancing himself just far enough from the material so as not to downplay Tammet's experiences. Gerroll reads with a concentrated tone that flows smoothly and effortlessly; he fully understands the material he is presenting both in literal and emotional terms, delivering Tammet's rich prose with appealing ease. A Free Press hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 27). (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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