Oliver Sacks is the undisputed King of the medical neurology tale. Weaving drama, intrigue, suspense, and moving characters with incredible and extremely academically enlightening medical fact. The book, one of my favorites since college, (and one I re-read numerous times through medical school and my eventual neurology residency) is simply phenomenal. I have given copies to college students considering medical school, and medical students considering their residency. It truly reveals the brain, and the mind, better than any other book, text, or article.
Don't be frightened off, however. The layperson, the non-physician, will be just as captivated, just as amazed. The intrigue, the mystery of some of the brain injuries, or pathology of the disease, captures better than any James Bond villain. The suspense more real, the issues more valid.
I have read this book many, many times, but I must comment on the narration. The reader brings this story alive. He is slow, deliberate, and moves at the perfect pace. Inflecting, pausing perfectly, enunciation of each word, each idea; as good as any audible book in my library. (over 700, so this is rare, and high praise for me.).
I give this a Thumbs Up. A home run by the Sultan of Neurology.
Churned out garbage by a washed up has-been. Ugh.
Patterson should be ashamed of such drivel.
I seriously consider this to be the WORST book I have ever read, not the worst by James Patterson, who clearly gave up writing a decade ago to cash checks and vomit on paper, but the worst book in the history of written word.
Everything about this book is awful, from the lame and horrid plot, to the truly stupid story, to the transparent and amateurish writing. I don't know who the second writer credit is, but I must assume he is a barely literate third grader.
Nothing, not one single paragraph, of this horrendously stupid, boring , drivel is entertaining. It is trash. It is garbage. It is pure unadulterated feces on paper.
And in what must be considered almost inconcievable - the horrid writing is actually overshadowed by the horrendous, mind-blowlingly awful narrator. The "reader" tries to sound ( I guess) worried or concerned, and it only comes across like the pathetic whining of a little girl. It is unbelievable how awful, in every aspect, this book is. I serioulsy considered crashing my car into a tree so the narration would end! The only thing that kept me going, was i wanted live long enought to warn others! So now, I will shout from the mountaintop - THIS BOOK SUCKS!
James Patterson, RETIRE! You were good once, sadly that was long ago. You should apologize to everyone you ripped off with the book. ugh. Thumbs down.
nothing ever again by James Patterson. nope. never.
the narration was the most horrendous miserable thing I have ever heard. Absolutely awful beyond description.
dont buy this book. Read the phone book outloud. You will be more entertained.
Hitchens dismantles the foolishness of religion, with a fun, spirited and entertaining journey. Should be required reading by all religious fanatics-
on all sides of the craziness
This is a fantastic book. It is read with spirit and enthusiasm by the writer, and it works. It is funny, saracastic, silly, offensive, rude and abrasive. But it comes together in a sensible, meaningful manner. Yes, he curses a lot, but its part of the whole flow of the book. The stories are poignant, and you realize he is a humble, honest, and kind man, trying to make it in a strange world.
I loved this book, and immediately purchased his newest on Audible, then went to Itunes and bought a season of his TV show (Penn & Teller "BS".)
Big thumbs up !
Ugh. Hers a few words you WON'T be learning..... Soap, deodorant, toothpaste. Also, no French words for bravery, backbone, or testosterone. Just a bunch of silly phrases in random order.... PASS !!!!
A true classic. Works very well on audible. Almost a short story, but a wonderful narrative.
Great book, good narration, Brings the original idea, and story... Further down the road.
Lacks the grab your attention factor of the other Scott Peck books. This one is kind of a dud.
Pretty lame, and rather poorly written sci-fi. Like something a high school student would write. Of course, his silly sci-fi, and stories of King Zeptune from planet Algernon are, wait... Real! And Scientology is real! And , oh good lord. More people should read this mediocre fiction nonsense to realize that not even L Ron Hubbard believed Scientology was real. Heck, he admitted it was a made-up tax-scam before he died. Try finding that nugget of truth in Tom Cruise's
Should be required reading by every politician, not just the nuts on the left, but the nuts on the right. And yes, I think they are all nuts. This book is our future. Sad.
But already occurring .
Okay, not great. I liked the book, but the audible seems to be dragging on and on. Very dry. And pretty dull.
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