Great case studies help to contribute to the demystifying and destigmatizing of hallucinations. While broad conclusions feel perpetually lacking but forever lingering at the precipice, it fills the gaps between the fear of hallucinations and the reality. And I guess, that is where conclusions leave us anyway, there are no broad conclusions to make other than hallucinations are many-faceted, manifold, varied, etiologically ambiguous, and more often than not, less serious than we suppose. There's a lesson in there, I think. Sacks was a great man, his stories probably embellished the science some but what good artist doesn't use embellishment to highlight the important facets of their subjects.
With his characteristic humanism and erudition, Sacks takes the reader on a thought provoking journey through the landscape of hallucination. Fascinating from beginning to end, he explains how hallucinations, rather than being the hallmark of an aberrant mind, are often a byproduct of normal mental function that society has, for better or worse, stigmatized.
The narrator tried to emulate a variety of foreign accents with limited success. I decided to be amused by this rather than annoyed. French, Indian, and other accents all tended toward Mandy Patinkin's Inigo Montoya from "The Princess Bride."
This is an extremely fascinating book. My only gripe is that the narrator does these accents whenever he's reading a quote by someone whom the text has identified as being non-American, and instead I think he should not do this.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
The fact that Mr Sacks was open and honest about his own life
Mr Sacks humanity and ability to make the subject matter accessible to the layman. I have hypnopompic hallucinations etc and found the information invaluable!
The narrator needs to stop doing accents until he learns how to do them properly.
All the personal stories were moving
A must read/listen for everyone - we all need to understand the mind and it's workings - if not for others, then for ourselves, in case we end up down the rabbit hole one day!
Absolutely not. Get the print version to avoid having to hear the performer.
This title is very similar to other books by Sacks. Lots of interesting topics and patient stories.
In all ways I can imagine. He tries to "do" various characters and he fails miserably.
This is a book I wanted to stop listening to and read instead.
Excellent book - get it in print.
Yes, but to read, not to listen. Very informative about types and causes for many kinds of hallucinations.
I liked Oliver Sacks personal experiences with his own drug experimentation. This was common in the 60's but it still amazes me at the massive drug dosages he achieved.
I will probably never willingly listen to Dan Woren read again. I liked the author's reading of his own work very much.
This would be unlikely to ever make a movie, unless it were some sort of documentary.
The reader, Dan Woren, was very distracting. His attempt at accents for the quoted passages was laughable. He singsonged his way through many of the quotes. I can excuse his mispronunciation of occasional medical terms, but not his apparent attempts to set off the quotes with his strange styles of the quotes readings. Every time it came to another quote, I found myself sighing and saying "oh no, not again!"