When Oliver Sacks was 12 years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: "Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far." It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening minutes on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life.
With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions - weight lifting and swimming - also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists - Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick - who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer - and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.
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sacks sums up interesting events in his life,
and do it in a captivating way. I devoured the book almost in one sitting if it hadn't been for the annoying need to sleep. I was especially surprised by his early life as a body builder and such, after knowing him as this rather whimsical scientist I've heard occasionally on Radiolab.
I highly recommend this book, it shines light on the eventful life of this remarkable man.
the narration was excellent. the only thing to nitpick on, is that I guess a brittish narrator would have made sense as he is brittish. but not that the American narrator was bad in any way
this book have made me want to read more of his work. he is a fantastic writer and it is sad to learn that he will be leaving us soon
This is a final memoir since Oliver Sacks discovered he is terminally ill after completing the book. In an astonishing piece in the New York Times in February 2015 Dr. Sacks essentially bids farewell and says "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. . . .Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."
This memoir is honest and forthright about his homosexuality, his fear of his schizophrenic brother, and his internship and residency in California where he led a double life of medical rounds in the day and drugs, motorcycles and muscle beaches on his own time.
Through living on the edge, he seems to have developed the profound empathy for his patients that led to his wonderful essays and case studies about the neurologically impaired.
Surely, the publisher could have found a reader with a British accent for a more authentic reading of Oliver Sack's story. The reader fails to convey Dr. Sack's puckish humor, irony, or emotion.
Sacks writes like a novelist about himself, his family, and his work. The scientific dimension of this memoir is fascinating, and his personal disclosers are courageous and enlightening.
I just finished and I am in awe of Mr. Sacks' drive, his intellect, his extraordinary talent to communicate complex ideas in ways that engage a lay person such as myself. The emotional poignancy is searing. The strong performance holds up well to the power of the story.
I read this book at a crossroads in my own life and I feel it has brought clarity to my own pending decisions in a very powerful yet unexpected way that I suspect I will ponder the serendipity of for years to come.
Entertaining, Humbling and fascinating
When Oliver Sacks realizes he is as much a storyteller as a doctor
A great narrator brings out the story that words on the page can't do on Thier own and Dan Woren brings the "voice" of Oliver Sacks into your mind and made his book a great read
Oliver Sacks's story makes awakenings seem like sleep walking!
I've been recommending g this book to all my friends. However if you are a doctor, you'll feel like Oliver Sacks is really just sharing his life with you!( I'm not a doctor and I still felt that amazing connection)
Oliver Sacks is one of my intellectual heroes. This memoir of his is very welcome, as it gives further insight into how his mind works and who he is: brilliant, unpretentious, somewhat regretful, enthusiastic, profoundly curious and compassionate.
If you are coming across this without knowing Dr. Sacks’ oeuvre, I suggest you first start with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and/or An Anthropologist on Mars, and then either read Awakenings or watch the wonderful movie starring Robin Williams as Dr. Sacks, Robert DeNiro as a post-encephalitic patient, and Marge Simpson as his nurse, and only then dive into this book. As an aside, Dr. Sacks was amazed at how well Robin Williams captured his persona.
In order to fully appreciate this wonderful memoir, you must be interested in neurology, and it would be good to also have some interest in the literary mind and process of writing; you must also not be put off by Dr. Sacks’ description of a few sexual encounters.
Narration was good, except that I question (as do others) the curious choice of an American to voice Dr. Sacks, who has a distinctive English voice. I also wish that the narrator would have researched some of the foreign words that he mispronounces -- a minor and mostly irrelevant point, but a pet peeve.
Say something about yourself!
Very interesting story of an incredible man. I share the opinion of many reviewers that that narrator should have been English. Dan Woren did a fine job but it made me overly aware that I was listening to someone read the book, rather than allowing myself to be engulfed by it. This, however, is not a good enough reason to avoid the audiobook. Now I'm considering diving into some of Dr. Sacks' other works.
This wonderful book is adequately read, but would be much improved by a performer with an English accent. I realize Oliver Sacks, doesn't want to or is not able to, read his own, but John Lee would be a fine replacement for him.
Loved the content of this book, yet kept abandoning it because I couldn't stand the narration, which was so flat and monotonous. The guy just didn't seem to recognize what he was saying. Very very disappointing. Took me a long time to get through it because of this
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