Like the character Dustin Hoffman portrayed in Rain Man, Daniel Tammet can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures, and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy, he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways, Daniel is not all like the Rain Man. He is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in being capable of living a fully-functioning, independent life. It is this incredible self-awareness and ability to communicate what it feels like to live in a totally extraordinary way that makes Born on a Blue Day so powerful.
©2006 Daniel Tammet; (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
"Read by Daniel, this memoir gives the listener a remarkable insight into the mysterious world of autism and pays homage to Daniel's parents." (Observer)
"Very interesting story of someone with Asperger's"
Daniel Tammet narrates his own true story. His story gives an interesting inside story of himself who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. His voice is a bit monotonous, but this is characteristic of Asperger's. It was interesting from beginning till end.
A memorable moment in the book is how Daniel describes the way he calculates. It is so completely different from the way everybody learn to calculate. It looks more like combining patterns with digits having colour, shapes and textures.. It may one day have implications for the way computers make their calculations.
Inside story of Asperger
"ADD is not thhe end"
10 out of 10
The knowledge I gained from it
Not neccesarily, have to be in the mood to listen to him
No, though the information I gained got me hooked
This book helped me alot to understand ADD better
"I am diagnosed with Aspergers too"
Thank you so much for your book Daniel and for taking the time to narrate it. I bought the hard cover book when you wrote it and it kicked around the house for years without getting read. I find it quite hard to concentrate on books so I was really pleased to see the audiobook turn up here. Your story is really interesting and hearing someone else talk about autism and their experience of it always helps me with my own puzzling mind.
I really enjoyed the book and it is one I will listen to again.
What a truly fascinating insight into a fascinating mind.
Even with his savant ability, there are aspects of his everyday life that are a constant challenge. It is inspiring how he has learnt to manage these problems.
I appreciate the time he has taken to describe his thoughts and feelings.
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