Memory: How to Develop, Train and Use It

Read by Roger Melin

(4.4 stars; 351 reviews)

An in-depth series of chapters devoted to the use of our memory system; as the title suggests, how to develop our memory system, how to train it to improve it, and how to make the best use of it in our everyday lives, and to improve our positions in life. This is not intended to be a series of chapters to impress friends and colleagues, nor to play 'tricks' on others, rather it is for the betterment of individuals in whatever walk of life in which they may be involved by training and using their memory toward that end. (Summary by Roger Melin) (4 hr 37 min)


01 - Memory: Its Importance 14:10 Read by Roger Melin
02 - Cultivation of the Memory 13:49 Read by Roger Melin
03 - Celebrated Cases of Memory 13:44 Read by Roger Melin
04 - Memory Systems 14:41 Read by Roger Melin
05 - The Subconscious Record-File 13:28 Read by Roger Melin
06 - Attention 16:12 Read by Roger Melin
07 - Association 15:15 Read by Roger Melin
08 - Phases of Memory 12:04 Read by Roger Melin
09 - Training the Eye 15:38 Read by Roger Melin
10 - Training the Ear 13:30 Read by Roger Melin
11 - How To Remember Names 13:37 Read by Roger Melin
12 - How To Remember Faces 13:02 Read by Roger Melin
13 - How To Remember Places 14:16 Read by Roger Melin
14 - How To Remember Numbers 18:17 Read by Roger Melin
15 - How To Remember Music 11:11 Read by Roger Melin
16 - How To Remember Occurrences 11:10 Read by Roger Melin
17 - How To Remember Facts 13:50 Read by Roger Melin
18 - How To Remember Words, etc. 11:00 Read by Roger Melin
19 - How To Remember Books, Plays, Tales, etc. 15:13 Read by Roger Melin
20 - General Instructions 13:16 Read by Roger Melin


(4 stars)

I enjoyed listening to this book. it gives tricks and tips to remember in every section in our life. Excellent ideas for remembering. at least one reading is a must for every person who wish to improve memory power. to train oneself learn and implement one step at a time. I liked it and I even recommended my kids to read it

A book not work recollecting

(1 stars)

The author complains about how synthetic remembering tools i.e. programs on the market are only 'schoolboy tricks' with the real way to commit items to memory is by natural means, but never gives any worth the read/listen advice. The chapters are filled mainly with famous/non-famous people's great feats of memory and quotes from researchers in the field.

worth a listen

(5 stars)

i found this to be very informative and interesting to listen to while at work. there were a chapter or two that seemed unnecessary due to being monotonous. the final chapter, which was a review seemed like the best portion of this book. As it envelops the key points of the book into a clear, concise, summary that makes them easier to grasp. i reccomend anyone seeing this book as too long to listen to, to consider reviewing at least the final chapter. overall i would reccomend this book to anyone looking to improve their memory training skills.

not easy listening. I found this book really annoying to listen

(1 stars)

I found this book really annoying to listen to. it is full of dry facts. there is useful information in there, however, there is no teaching ability present in the writing. he presents information without elaborating or giving everyday examples so as to drive the point home to us laymen. he does nothing but quote other people's opinion, as if they are the only ones with the answer or there view of things is the only one that matters. also memonics has some very useful APPLICATIONS, as I and others have given public talks using that overall not impressed

Good but gets repetitive pretty soon

(3 stars)

Has good content but it has been spread out too much with too many quotations (I wonder how much this Kay paid him to quote her again and again) and analogies. The central idea can be summed up with proper examples and explanations in about 20 pages or 30 mins of recording. I'm actually impressed this guy was able to stretch such a thin idea so much. (And a few random notes- 1. The author calls certain memory systems as artificial and the way, he is advocating, as natural but doesn't provide compelling evidence for that claim [and no a ton of quotations doesn't count]. 2. Does anyone know whether the stuff he stated is still considered true?)

good not good

(3 stars)

I heard the whole book and conclude this: this book has some good parts to be heard at first but as the chapter goes by, all it was just a history of peope with extensive memory and a recap of what it was told in first chapters.

Some helpful hints

(3 stars)

The gist of the book is attention, interest, association, and repetition in those things you want to improve your memory in. And also more use or practice in whichever faculty you are weak in (e.g. sight, sound, etc.). The only thing I didn't particularly like about this book was excessive use of examples by the author. I don't need 50 examples of people who are able to do complex calculations in their head, I get the point after a few.


(1 stars)

There's nothing in here that any schoolboy revising for exams doesn't know. It basically boils down to learning by rote. There are far too many unhelpful examples of feats of memory. There are also some blatant errors in the reading, for instance, in Chapter 14 one of these feats of memory is quoted as being able to "recall" that the square root of 106,929 is 5. Not enough substance and too long winded.