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The Diagnosis | [Alan Lightman]

The Diagnosis

On his way to work one morning, Bill Chalmers suddenly discovers that he cannot remember where he is going, what he is meant to be doing or, indeed, who he is. He remembers only one thing, "The Maximum Information in the Minimum Time", his company's motto. But when his memory returns, it is accompanied by a numbness that gradually affects his entire body.
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Publisher's Summary

On his way to work one morning, Bill Chalmers suddenly discovers that he cannot remember where he is going, what he is meant to be doing or, indeed, who he is. He remembers only one thing, "The Maximum Information in the Minimum Time", his company's motto. But when his memory returns, it is accompanied by a numbness that gradually affects his entire body. As Chalmers chases down the elusive diagnosis of his illness, he descends into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which the more he discovers, the more he realizes what he has already lost.

©2000 Alan Lightman; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A darkly affecting book." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Lightman] reveals himself to be a highly original and imaginative thinker." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    deb Utah 04-21-05
    deb Utah 04-21-05

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    "The Diagnosis"

    A well written book however, the story line is so depressing it was painfull to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    WALTER ARCADIA, CA, United States 09-03-12
    WALTER ARCADIA, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2004
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    "AVOID!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A book by another author!


    Has The Diagnosis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, all books by Alan Lightman


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Even Scott Brick, an otherwise excellent narrator who struggles mightily with this dog, couldn't save it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't too long.


    Any additional comments?

    'Tis a tale told by an idiot - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph janesville, WI, USA 05-05-05
    Joseph janesville, WI, USA 05-05-05
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    "YAWN!!!"

    I couldn't believe how boring this book was. The begining is the best part, then it just seems to ramble. I agree that there are many loose ends in the book. And I also agree that there are sad parts. I spent a lot of time rewinding this book. I couldn't stay focused. There was a lot of pointless description. This book just didn't do it for me. Sorry to say, this book is good for falling asleep to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Kanab, UT, United States 09-12-06
    Melanie Kanab, UT, United States 09-12-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Help"

    I am almost done with the 1st part of this book and wondering if I should go on. As one of the reviewers said, get an abridged edition. Then you won't have to listen to every email address and also have to listen to the Plato lesson his son bought on line. To me, these were just page fillers for the author to write a bigger book. I hope this gets better but I sitll have an hour before I get to Part 2. I may not make it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Bountiful, UT, United States 04-23-05
    Julie Bountiful, UT, United States 04-23-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing"

    This book barely kept me interested long enough to finish. The story line was very good, but there are way too many loose ends. The story started out interesting, but then nothing else ever happens. It just ended without explanations for anything going on in the story. I see this book as pretty much a complete waste of time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 11-25-08
    Alicia 11-25-08 Member Since 2005
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    "I tried to find the good"

    I guess all good I can say about this book is that Scott Brick narration is as good as his usual, but the book... jeezzz, I kept waiting for something to star happening, nothing ever did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 05-01-06
    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 05-01-06
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    "Too much detail"

    This presentation contains way too much detail. The story skips around to many segments and could have been reduced to a much shorter tale and still shown what the problem was for the main character. Still, I recommend the book and would purchase it again, however, I would purchase the ABRIDGED version instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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