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.
I'm a forensic psychologist living in Portsmouth NH.
I have always enjoyed Oliver Sacks' books of clinical tales, but this one is not his best. The focus is on non-psychotic hallucinations and the chapters often contain multiple case examples that continue long after the reader has gotten the message.
The book is great. Material is extremely interesting and written well in understandable terms for the layman. Left me wanting more information about the neuro processes involved. Great mix of science and sociology.
Not the best suited for audio. Difficult to navigate between listening on iPhone and hooking up to car system. Kept resetting to beginning of chapter.
Very informative and interesting but gets off topic a bit towards the middle of the book when it becomes a short history of Oliver Sacks early drug experiences. Over all this book is worth a listen.. Its only real downfall is the narration. Why Dan Woren felt the need to give accents to each quote, one will never know. Why, no matter what nationality, every accent performed sounds like Ricardo Montalbán is even more of a mystery.
Like Malcolm Gladwell, Sacks rarely misses the bullseye when spinning a great anecdote, and when his sights are tightened on a topic as ripe (and as personally held dear) as this one -hallucinations- you have the makings of a minor masterpiece. Wryly reported and expertly narrated, here is an accounting both personal and academic that begs you to bed early to sneak in an extra chapter, and then later to gaze at your medicine cabinet with curious and longing eyes.
It ranks very high in the overall contents and presentation.
The massive presentation of sample information of many many people.
Yes I have listened to their works.
I think it overall was left me moved with an overview of the subject matter.
I think it was a very good book and I would like to read the book and listen together
for a more detailed study.
I found Dan Woren's accent shifting (in order to represent the nationality of someone quoted) a bit annoying at first, but I came around to it. His reading style was helpful to keep track of who was talking, and after the first few times, made me smile when he switched accents.
I love to hear Oliver Sacks read his work. I can sense the excitement and joy in every sentence, and his voice is endearing.
Absolutely, but this is the case for any Oliver Sacks book.