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!
Yes. It was interesting and moving and well narrated. Made me laugh out loud espite its seriousness.
Musicophelia, Awakenings, similar subject matter and same author.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat
Update of the book.
I wish I would have realized how long ago this book was written.
Great author and narrator
All of them
It made me smile and chuckle. Made me appreciate life
If you are reading this review it is because you are interested in the topic. It wont disappoint. The mind is amazing and these stories are as well.
The lady who had been "babied" her whole life that she didn't even know she could do things like feed herself.
The lady mentioned above.
The stories of these people are so interesting, you will be discussing them with your friends.
Even though this book is dated, actually BECAUSE this book is dated it becomes even more interesting! Really worth the read if you are interested in the way our brain's work!
Interesting case studies are presented, but I would have preferred to hear a little more in depth input on the theories of what caused these abnormalities and what malfunctioned in the brain. The collection of stories and cases studies seemed to be rather disconnected to one another. It might have been a better read had they focused on only one aspect of brain malfunction and dove deeper into the symptoms and cause.
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
This book has its moments, but overall I would have to say that it is a disappointment. In it a neurologist reflects on some of his most bizarre cases. Some of them are certainly interesting, and it does help you to understand the way brains work and also shows how humans are capable of coping with some cruel disabilities, such as not having any awareness of their own body (proprioception), walking at a tilt, having music playing constantly inside the head, and living without any short term memory.
Some of the therapies he uses to help people live with their problems are ingenious and the stories of recovery are uplifting, but they weren’t enough to make this audiobook a hit for me.
I guess the disappointments are as follows:
1. It’s just one story after another. After a while you realise that if the part of the brain controlling some particular function is destroyed or damaged by a disease such as a stroke or a tumour, then that function will be lost or affected in some way – once you realise this, the stories become a bit repetitive
2. It’s very dated (from the 1980s I think). This gives it a quaint ‘old-time’ feeling, but you do feel you are missing out on many insights of modern neurology
3. While being a neurologist, he treats the existence of a spiritual soul as if it is a scientific fact. He even consults nuns to ask if a patient with a severe memory disorder still has his soul. I find this bizarre. I don’t have a problem with him believing in the concept of a ‘soul’, but to incorporate it into his neurological analysis is very strange
So, if I was suddenly stricken with a neurological disorder whereby I immediately forgot the last audiobook I listened to, it wouldn’t be too much of a problem in this case.