Long, victorian descriptions of simple stories, sounding like the author just LOVES to "hear himself" in his mind
Fascinating, funny, tragic
The novelties of the stories, some of them almost unreal.
Tales of the subconscious
This book explores the backwaters of our lifes, with a plethora of anecdotes from real life. The author shows genuine compassion for his "cases", and unravels the stories with philosophical reflectiveness.
This was an excellent read if you are interested in the workings of the brain. It underscores how dependent we are on our physical being for our experience of the world. Makes it seem fagile.
Each story is told in a positive way. This positive look at the patients, in my opinion, adds a dimension to many "deficient" brain patients.
The Doctor because he looked at the full charter of the patient. He thought in more than clinical terms and really exhibited a true compassion for his patients and wanted to learn from each of them.
I never have time to listen to a book all in one setting. Most likely I will listen to this book several times. Typically I am driving, cleaning or doing some chore when I listen to a book. When I find one that has as much interesting detail as this I typically listen to it several times to make sure I have absorbed it all. I did thoroughly enjoy this book. I find the brain very fascinating.
I really liked the tone of the reader and found it very pleasant and relaxing.
While the actual stories and analysis are quite interesting. The writing style makes it sound like the author wants to be seen as a hyper-intellectual. Almost embarrassingly riddled with $10 words and obscure references. I wanted to continue listening to hear the stories but couldn't bear the pedantic style of the author.
I was excited to this this title finally on Audible. My wife had read it when it first came out and remembered loving it. We decided to listen to it on a long car ride. We barely made it through chapter 2 and we quit after that. The material is now very dated and has been surpassed by many newer titles in it's insights and medical information. The narrator was a downer as well. Don't bother.
Even at 1.5 speed the narrator is slow, and he over enunciated in odd places. I found his affect distracting. However, the writing is good and you don't need a science background to follow along, but I think it might add a level of interest for some people.
I listened to a few stories. Might be interesting to others. Don't be deterred by my review.
no. I think that you have to have some kind of interest in neuroscience. It's not just a book of stories. There is significant detail into the inner workings of the brain and the expermentation behind the studies.
The most interesting aspect were the interactions with the patients. The least interesting was the detail around the brain science and the diatribes about interactions with such-and-such famous colleague who had similar stories...etc.
The narration seemed to drone on at times. Maybe someone with more inflection.
Although the stories were unique and interesting, I found this audiobook tedious. On many occasions I was left thinking, "Get to the point already." I would have been a little happier with it had he gone a more scientific route when sharing the stories.