Just the strangeness of what is possible in the human brain
The memory loss of some of the people detailed in the book is very poignant.
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 enjoyed the book itself, and I love Oliver Sacks, but this is one of the worst narrations I've heard on Audible. If you've ever heard Sacks, he sounds relaxed, conversational, and enthusiastic. Jonathan Davis sounds stuffy, monotonous, airless and slow. So slow! His total lack of enthusiasm is so much the opposite of Sacks I was shocked through the whole first hour of the book, and would have stopped if I didn't like the book so much. He reads the parts of the book that should be light and humorous no differently than the parts that are more somber. He sounds like the stereotype of a bad professor lecturing about something he doesn't care about any more, just to fill up some lecture time.
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.
The narration and writing were what I struggled with the most. The stories themselves are naturally interesting but I found this book incredibly difficult to listen to.
The narration and writing made these naturally interesting stories seem dull and uninteresting for me.
Despite multiple attempts, including long trips in the car, I was unable to finish this book. Indeed, even when there was nothing else available to listen to on some of those longer trips in the car (no radio, etc.), I had to turn it off.
No probably not.
No probably not.
It was clinical and didn't "grab" me like most audiobooks do.