Total Memory Makeover by Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner has a gift that is known to only six other people in the world. She can recall every detail of her life, now just the big events like the day Kennedy was shot, 9-11, or a surprise birthday party… but also a random Thursday in August of 1980, or a Sunday morning any year since she has been five.
In Total Memory Makeover, Marilu shares the benefits to having such a memory, and shares exercises we can all do to strengthen our own memories.
Why did I want to listen to this audio? I am a little fascinated with someone who can remember every day down to what they had for breakfast when I can barely remember what I did two days ago. I also like that this is read by Marilu herself.
Total Memory Makeover is exactly what is says it is. An audio book (or book) about Marilu’s gift of total recall, and what we can do to strengthen our own skills. 7 hours and 58 minutes long, Marilu takes us through her growing up with this skill, and how it can be used to help us makes better choices in our present day. I found it interesting that Marilu explains that by remembering moments of great pain in our life (say, like a break up) it can help us see the red flags as we go into new relationships. And that works for good things too… by remembering how great it felt to fit into a smaller size of jeans 4 years ago can help us say no to bad food choices today.
While the audio was interesting, there are a lot of times throughout the reading that Marilu had tasks for the reader. We are asked to write down dates like our 21st birthday and remember everything we can about that event (which honestly, I have no recollection of, other than I was married and we had Brad then…) or to do short memory tests. For me personally, I am an active audio listener, meaning I cook or clean while listening to audio and I did not do the little tests that required hitting pause.
Overall this is an interesting read, Marilu did a wonderful job of narrating, and I think if you are really looking to work on your memory skills she has some wonderful tips for doing so and advice to get you started. There are times in the audio where Marilu tells personal stories that are both interesting, and at times… dare I say felt like she was bragging? It was not the best fit for me, but I can see where someone willing to work at this could find it useful.
Because this seems to be almost like a work book in places, I think this is one of those instances where this would have been better for me in book format than audio.
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Thank you to Audio Jukebox for sending me this audio to listen to and review!