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Joan Meister

Whittier, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Hallucinations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (251)
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    (210)
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    (201)

    Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people.

    Alison says: "Sacks at his best, why couldn't he narrate?"
    "Reader's style extremely distracting"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but to read, not to listen. Very informative about types and causes for many kinds of hallucinations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan Woren and Oliver Sacks ’s performances?

    I will probably never willingly listen to Dan Woren read again. I liked the author's reading of his own work very much.


    Could you see Hallucinations being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This would be unlikely to ever make a movie, unless it were some sort of documentary.


    Any additional comments?

    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!"

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