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Born on a Blue Day

A Memoir of Asperger's and an Extraordinary Mind
Narrated by: Daniel Tammet
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"I was born on 31 January 1979: a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, because the date is blue in my mind, and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing."

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Beautifully written and read. An inspiring story. You rock Daniel.

Beautifully written and narrated. A story of an amazing person with incredible abilities whose challenges are everyday life and the complexities of people. Daniel is truly inspirational and what his mind is capable of is just mind blowing. If only their were more people like Daniel in the world who truly can cross cultural, sexual and human boundaries.

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so interesting!

what a fascinating man! was easy to. it was a great story and I loved that he himself was the narrator.

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  • John Zoetebier
  • 16-04-2012

Very interesting story of someone with Asperger's

Would you listen to Born on a Blue Day again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born on a Blue Day?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Inside story of Asperger

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  • Nicolette
  • 26-01-2012

ADD is not thhe end

Where does Born on a Blue Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

10 out of 10

What did you like best about this story?

The knowledge I gained from it

Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel Tammet?

Not neccesarily, have to be in the mood to listen to him

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, though the information I gained got me hooked

Any additional comments?

This book helped me alot to understand ADD better

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  • Mark
  • 12-01-2016

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.
Thanks.

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  • Dawn
  • 13-05-2011

Truly Fascinating

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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  • Kian Griffiths
  • 18-10-2018

Extreme Similarities

I have aspergers syndrome and certain things makes it feel as if Daniel is speaking about me, from my or my parents point of view. It is very interesting. Apart from that, learning more about Daniel and his brain was extremely interesting.

I would recommend this book to anyone with, know people with or people who want to learn more about aspergers especially and also being a savant.

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  • Jacimac
  • 22-08-2018

Synesthesia & Asperger Savants

Simply told & easy to understand. A glimpse into the mind of Asperger people. Quite remarkable & informative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2017

fascinating and inspiring stuff

fascinating and inspiring to hear how Daniel has overcome his difficulties and achieved so much
well told,