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.
Unless you have a deep interest in the many types of hallucinations discussed in this book, the information may seem overwhelming.
Not for me, even though I am a fan on Dr. Sack's previous work.
Unlike his earlier concise and vivid case histories of Sacks' earlier works, Hallucinations contains a great deal of "by the numbers" descriptions of different kinds of hallucinations, syndrome by syndrome. I was disheartened by his explanation of spiritual insights and visions as another form of hallucination, dismissing millennia of human experience as having merely physical origins.
Some might find the author's story of his own experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs of interest, though to me it was more a story of a man's tendency towards addictive behavior than an insight into the way the brain works.
The narrator attempted to replicate a number of accents and male and female voices, some of which were more successful than others. His attempt at an Australian accent was particularly and inadvertently humorous, learning towards an Outback Steakhouse caricature.
I don't know what to make of this book. Maybe I simply don't understand the subject matter. I am half through the book and don't know if I have a patience to finish it. I think, going forward I will wait for reviews first.
At first there were stories describing delusions/hallucinations in extreme details of people other than Mr. Sacks. It was exciting to listen maybe the first two or three of them... Later, he was describing his own hallucinations, because it appears that he was overdosed on drugs most of the time. ... Mr. Sacks celebrated his 32 yo anniversary by injecting opium... As I said, I don't know what to think, nor do I understand this kind of science. Maybe people that experimented with drugs can relate to this book, I can’t. If I want to hear anything wild, I’d rather listen to Sci-Fi, at least there is a story with a beginning and an end.
I will do my best to finish the book. If it gets better, I will come back and modify my review.
I believe, narrator is excellent.