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Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel Tammet

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: January 2007

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes


One of the world's fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story-and explain how his incredible mind works.

Worldwide, there are fewer than fifty living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats (think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man). Until now, none of them has ever been capable of discussing his or her thought processes, much less undertake the writing of a book. Daniel Tammet is the first.

From childhood, Tammet's problems were immediately apparent. He was shunned by his classmates and often resorted to rocking and humming quietly. Yet he could memorize almost anything, and his math and language skills were astonishing. By the time he entered high school, Daniel was diagnosed as autistic, and he began to discover his own superhuman abilities-calculating huge sums in his head in seconds, learning new languages in one week, and memorizing more than 22,000 digits of pi.

With heart-melting simplicity and astonishing self-awareness, Born on a Blue Day tells Daniel's story-from his childhood frustrations to adult triumphs-while explaining how his mind works. He thinks in pictures. He sees numbers as complex shapes; thirty-seven, for example, is lumpy like porridge, while eighty-nine reminds him of falling snow. Today, Daniel has emerged as one of the world's most fascinating minds and inspiring stories. While his brain has amazed scientists for years, everyone will be moved by this remarkable man's life story.


  • Ellen Holmason

    Daniel Tammet's book was fascinating, educational and inspiring. I thank him for sharing his incredible mind and life with the public. I wish him a continued life of productivity and generosity and I am delighted that he has found balance and happiness in his life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Peggy Stortz

    If you want to learn how the autistic mind works, this book will be very helpful. Otherwise, probably not.

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