i love science books written for laymen, even the dense books. This is not dense, more approachable than Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins or T.S. Ramachandran. i suppose by not the subject may seem, by now, a bit dated ("old hat" so to speak), but no one tells a story like Oliver Sacks.
Extraordinary stories that broaden the mind about the human condition. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and production. Too many people are closed minded and self absorbed but would benefit from reading such a wonderful book.
Great book, I love Sack's writing style, kind of literature rather than typical science. You learn so much about the abilities of the brain, very fascinating! The choice of the person to read the audiobook was also an amazing one, I wish he read all of my other books to me!
One small criticism, Dr Sacks tends to use a lot of medical terminology and doesn't necessarily describe what it is so I had to do a few google searches , I guess it's understandable given it was written in the 70's before the recent urge of science writing aimed at the general population.
This is not my usual read which is why I decided to use audible. Much to my surprise I finished in 3 days, and only because life interfered. Otherwise I would not have stopped. I will read this again and again. Ticky Ricky sounds like someone I know.
The author, although a clinician is also very human, which is extremely refreshing.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
I didn't understand half of this but that didn't make the stories about his patients any less interesting. There are a lot of people missing out on a lot of life whether they remember they are or not.
I struggled to get into this book, in fact it took me months to really start listening- but wow I'm glad I did. This has to be one of the most moving, enlightening, thought provoking and simply great books I've ever "read". Do yourself a favour and take the time to get stuck in.
1. Narrator: Oliver Sacks does an excellent job with the narration. I will be seeking out other books he has narrated.
2. Content: The case studies/stories in the books are absolutely fascinating. Unfortunately, they are surrounded by other content that tends far too much toward the florid for my tastes. I would have preferred stories alone.
I enjoyed listening to this book. I work in health care so I'm predisposed to be interested in these types of stories. But it's not overly complex and should also be easily understood by people not involved in the health care field.
Sacks brings out the humanity in people oft forgotten by the world in which they do not fit. I was not prepared for the sheet clarity and humanness of this work. Oliver Sacks will make up my reading list for the next few months I'm sure.
Jonathan Davis brought this work to life with expert characterizations and perfect inflection, even if there was the occasional English mispronunciation, he mastered those of names and foreign phrases quite satisfactorily.
I love Oliver Sacks, and this is one of his best!
I read this title long ago, and it came up as a Daily Deal (I think) here on Audible, so I decided to enjoy it again - glad I did!
If you don't know what Sacks is all about, he tells stories about some of the most amazingly strange things that can go wrong in our brains. People that can't identify others, what they are doing, or even who they are struggle to communicate and find themselves.
This title is quite similar to "The Tell-Tale Brain" by VS Ramachandran, something I recently listened to as well, but not quite as detailed. "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" might be a little better for a more casual reader, it has a more narrative, less clinical feel than "The Tell-Tale Brain".
Sometimes I was left wanting a little more detail and follow-up, especially in the cases where Dr Sacks only had one interview/meeting with the patient, and Sacks tends to wax a bit poetic from time to time, but those are truly minor complaints.
The production is excellent, the reader professional, everything fine in that area.
Very highly recommended!