We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
A Leg to Stand On | [Oliver Sacks]

A Leg to Stand On

Dr. Oliver Sacks's books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars and the best-selling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey.

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Oliver Sacks' books Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars, and the best-selling The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In A Leg to Stand On, it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey when he finds that his leg uncannily no longer feels like part of his body.

Sacks's brilliant description of his crisis and eventual recovery is not only an illuminating examination of the experience of patienthood and the inner nature of illness and health but also a fascinating exploration of the physical basis of identity.

PLEASE NOTE: Some changes have been made to the original manuscript with the permission of Oliver Sacks.

©1984, 1993 Oliver Sacks (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A neurologist in [the] great tradition... [this is] a narrative comparable to Conrad's The Secret Sharer." (The New York Review of Books)

"In calling for a neurology of the soul and a deeper and more humane medicine, Sacks's remarkable book raises issues of profound importance for everyone interested in humane health care and the human application of science." (The Washington Post Book World)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (30 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
3.8 (24 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.2 (22 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 08-17-11
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    330
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    172
    138
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not sure what he was trying for here"

    Audible just brought this one out in audio, a year or so after Sacks' latest "The Mind's Eye"; my library didn't have a print copy of "Leg", so I spent a credit on it. Both books deal with the issue of doctor-as-patient, but this one's less approachable. Once he's rescued in Norway, and sent off to Britain for treatment, the story becomes progressively more inward and self-absorbed. I was interested when he veered towards the mind-body connection in healing, but otherwise his thoughts were just that ... thoughts. Not very focused ones either - not quite metaphysical, not really philosophical, and a little medical stuff thrown in. For Sacks fans only, those new to his stuff would probably never read another.

    Narration helped me keep going when the going got kind of tough.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Los Osos, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Richard Los Osos, CA, United States 11-19-12 Listener Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "No Legs of Its Own"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Shorten it to two chapters and it will have said it all.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most: Snippets of the history of neurology. Least: the (unusual for Sacks) incessant, off-topic stray into his own tedious emotional outlook on the whole process of injury/shock/acceptance/healing/triumph. It was if he wrote this so his readership could give him free amateur psychotherapy. In the end, this was an unengaging emotion-rich/fact-sparse book about the process of healing up a broken leg. Not a Sack's Best.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oliver Sacks normally writes a fine, engaging book. This one was such a sleeper though, that at least one didn't have to keep one's eyes open to get through it.


    Did A Leg to Stand On inspire you to do anything?

    Yes- frequent incursions into falling asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't judge the whole excellent spectrum of Oliver Sack's excellent books by this one flopper. I'll not give up on purchasing his other audio books, even though iIve also read most of them in print form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catharine W. Guiles Tucson, AZ, US 02-04-12
    Catharine W. Guiles Tucson, AZ, US 02-04-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A lesser book by an excellent author."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Changing the book would mean changing Oliver Sacks, and that would be a very bad idea.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Oliver Sacks? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What about Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    It was very well read.


    Could you see A Leg to Stand On being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jeff pickering, ON, Canada 10-29-11
    jeff pickering, ON, Canada 10-29-11 Member Since 2007

    Non fiction- science, history,biography,80% classics 10% other fiction 5% misfits 5%

    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    134
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A very rewarding read but Not for everybody."

    While this is a fine book with an amazing true story, I feel the need to put out a word of caution. The degree to which sachs goes off on his poetic existential meanderings in this book is excessive . It requires patience and a fair amount of concentration to get through these unfortunately verbose tirades. An editor really should have tightened it up. This book does have a great story and immense insight that should be heard by everyone. It will be of particular value to doctors, nurses and caregivers. I really love sacks work but his verbosity gets to be too much at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    08-18-11
    08-18-11 Member Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "A book only for Neurologists"

    The only interesting part was the beginning, up to the point of the doctor's recovery from surgery. From then on, it became boring, listening to the inner thoughts and uncertainties of interest only to students of neurology.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.