A mechanical engineer with a masters in MBA. Love books and collect them but don't like to read much :( so trying to listen to them instead
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is informational and exciting.
The thing I liked about this book is the way the writer presented it as he first gives his personal experience with the patient then goes into the details of the science of the case.
My favorite scene is the story of the title about the guy who mistook his wife for a hat.
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.
Not sure if meaningful or, and this is not my criticism, a kind of freak show. Clearly written with sensitivity for the cases but the book would have been much better with a conclusion. As a listen it is entertaining
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
Somewhat entertaining but this book is not really trying to be entertaining -- despite the title. It is a collection of a doctor's lifetime "bests" interesting patients encountered during his career. But his presentation is often droll and his case presentations often filled with loquacious musings that leave the listener asking one of two questions:
1) What is the point?, and/or 2) When is this going to end?
_5 stars is great (I rarely give this rating).
4 stars is good (given only to interesting and well-written books).
3 stars is OK (the usual listen I encounter on Audible).
2 stars is poor (and not worth the credit or the listen).
1 star is awful (and to be diss'ed and shunned and spread as thus through out the Audible Universe)!
Johnathan Davis is such a great reader and absolutely nailed the feeling of this book. And Dr. Sacks is such a descriptive writer, we could all learn a lot by pondering and asking the questions he brings up in this book. He has a beautiful and kindly out look on life, and mental disorders. He is open minded and listens to his patients his ideal view of modern medicine is the next step,The world would be a much better place if there were a few more doctors like him in the world.
This book is filled with examples of searching and sometimes finding beautiful inner lives, abilities and environments where these florish for many people witha variety of mentally disabilities. Oliver Sack has soul and wisdom.
Why a bit more in depth, intense that other popular medical books, worth the effort. The vocabulary is a bit daunting at first, but it gets easier and more interesting as it progresses.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Oliver describes his case studies, patients who have odd neurological disorders, so intricately. While reading these case studoes, found ways to which I could relate and can have better understanding of others. The brain is an amazing organ, and never before had I truly understood the importance of all its functions. Thank you.
He was too affected and over did the reading. He made me think of James Lipton throughout the book, which detracted from my listening as I know what the author sounds like. He sounded too dramatic and not like a behavioralist (author).
This book is so interesting, thanks to the way Mr. Sacks describes true and amazing neurological cases - intelligent, and with great respect for the people he describes. The narrative by Mr. Davis makes it even more interesting. I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in the human brain.