I have three friends who have served from various levels of depression, in some -remote- way they all said they could relate to a lot of the story.
When one of Susannah's first doctors, "One of the Best" could not/did not find the reason behind her illness. And, like most of us, we listen with respect and at times as a life line.....but, to believe that a doctor, let alone a "One of the Best" can be so out of his/her area of medicine is crazy....but true.
I gave a four star rating, but it is a 4.5.
An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.
If you are not convinced of the wondrous nature of the brain, you will be after listening to this author's harrowing tale. She does an excellent job presenting the biographical information in a narrative style so that it "reads" more like fiction. The scary thing is that it's not...
One of those strange but true medical stories that only but the grace and good luck did she find the right doctor. Good listen.
Interesting book about a bizarre brain condition. Worth a listen. Moves a little slowly but it finally comes together.
Reading about Susannah Cahalan's autoimmune disease and the attack of her brain was interesting. I really liked the technical aspect in "Brain on Fire." Instead of being a feel good story, she writes every torturer and medical symptoms that she went through to find out what was wrong with her. When her brain freaked out, she acted like a action hero discovering her superpowers as being paranoid, and then becoming an infant as her disease became worse, and the remarkable recovery process. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis could be leak to Autism. It is still unknown what cause Anti-NMDA but her book shed a light on this disease.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I'm assuming this is the first book for the author - it wasn't bad but maybe some more time to recover and/or gain some experience is in order before she tries again. I guess it would be OK for a younger audience or for a short trip if you're desperate for something to listen to - I've heard worse.
Having worked in courtrooms for 20 years, I love true & fictional crime. In love with Cross & Davenport. Fictional lawyer stories rule.
This book was reasonably good but did drag on quite a bit. I found myself thinking of daily chores instead of focusing. Lots of playing back. It's fine but not nearly as interesting as I had hoped.
I enjoyed this book. It's a good bio. The one bad comment I would write was about the narrator. It was narrated well, but they should have had it narrated by someone a little younger. It was written as a older women telling her story at the age of 24. I kept thinking the story was about a 30 some old women because the narrator was older.
Frightening, Informative and Wondering
The insight into Schitzophrenia from the patient's experiences.
How here family stuck with her.
A year and a half ago I was suddenly stricken with a severe headache and confusion and then hospital stay. It has been a never ending battle since that time. I purchased the audio version of this book because I can only read short amounts of text before pain rips through my head. I listened straight through and cried for two days. The emotion one feels while hearing someone explain what happens when our brain betrays us is inexplicable. And unable to be contained.
I did not like the narrator and did not feel that she portrayed the voice of a twenty-something year old. At times it felt as though she was teacher reading to a class of kindergarteners. I would probably avoid any books which she narrated. I loved this book and it was difficult at times to get past the narrators voice.
Loved this story very much. So happy Susannah found doctors willing to listen and take an interest in her case.