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    • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4,617
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
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      4 out of 5 stars 4,064

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Lest we forget how fragile we are..."

    • By ESK on 02-23-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The River of Consciousness

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Kate Edgar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    A collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks' passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Important but Less Interesting

    • By Michael on 11-16-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Musicophilia

    • Tales of Music and the Brain
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 836
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      4 out of 5 stars 499
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      4 out of 5 stars 493

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for music lovers

    • By Shimon on 11-19-07
    • Tales of Music and the Brain
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 09-28-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 836 ratings

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Gratitude

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 306

    No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • To the Point, Yet Told From the Heart

    • By LJT on 01-18-16

    Regular price: $10.50

    • Hallucinations

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 606
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      4 out of 5 stars 520
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      4 out of 5 stars 513

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not Just Hallucinations

    • By Pamela Harvey on 01-05-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • An Anthropologist on Mars

    • Seven Paradoxical Tales
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 913
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 812
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 812

    To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • SACKS IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY !!

    • By Jeff on 09-22-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Seeing Voices

    • A Journey Into the World of the Deaf
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 129
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect - a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Rich Experience

    • By Douglas on 11-27-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • On the Move

    • A Life
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 911
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent book from a excellent writer

    • By Johan on 05-01-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Awakenings

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 358
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      4 out of 5 stars 328
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      4 out of 5 stars 322

    Awakenings - which inspired the major motion picture - is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and their extraordinary transformations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolute classic!

    • By Douglas on 09-01-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Oaxaca Journal

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Oliver Sacks is well known as an explorer of the human mind - a neurologist with a gift for complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions. However, he is also a card-carrying member of the American Fern Society, and since childhood has been fascinated by these primitive plants and their ability to survive and adapt in many climates. Oaxaca Journal is Sacks' spellbinding account of his trip with a group of fellow fern enthusiasts to the beautiful, history-steeped province of Oaxaca, Mexico.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A WONDERFUL LISTEN AND VIRTUAL TOUR

    • By Dawn Macgregor on 05-14-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    With an introduction by Will Self. A classic work of psychology, this international best seller provides a groundbreaking insight into the human mind. If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self - himself - he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. In this extraordinary book, Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Migraine

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Dr. Oliver Sacks argues the migraine cannot be understood simply as an illness, but must be viewed as a complex condition with a unique role to play in each individual's life.   

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Uncle Tungsten

    • Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and best-selling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals - also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the he chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The curious child

    • By Jean on 09-13-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Mind's Eye

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Oliver Sacks, Richard Davidson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    An exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals - including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Blindness

    • By Lynn on 05-02-11

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind

    • By: Dr. Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Robert Krulwich
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
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      4 out of 5 stars 86
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Dubbed "the poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times, Dr. Oliver Sacks is one of the great medical writers and storytellers of our time. He has transformed our understanding of the human mind and restored narrative to a central place in the practice of medicine. His best-selling books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, and An Anthropologist on Mars, entertain, enlighten, and inspire his many fans around the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating stories and connections

    • By Patty on 04-30-15

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Musicophilia

    • Tales of Music and the Brain
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Oliver Sacks' compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. He explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great book, informative!

    • By Jesus Vasquez on 08-14-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • A Leg to Stand On

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 71
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4 out of 5 stars 63

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A very rewarding read but Not for everybody.

    • By jeff on 10-29-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hallucinations

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    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? Dr Oliver Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organisation and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition. 

    Regular price: $21.81

    • An Anthropologist on Mars

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As with his previous best seller, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, in An Anthropologist on Mars Oliver Sacks uses case studies to illustrate the myriad ways in which neurological conditions can affect our sense of self, our experience of the world and how we relate to those around us. Writing with his trademark blend of scientific rigour and human compassion, he describes patients such as the colour-blind painter or the surgeon with compulsive tics that disappear in the operating theatre - patients for whom disorientation and alienation but also adaptation are inescapable facts of life.

    Regular price: $24.00

    • The River of Consciousness

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Kate Edgar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    In The River of Consciousness, Dr. Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience and the arts and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes - above all, Darwin, Freud and William James. For Sacks these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored - the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity and the nature of consciousness - lie at the heart of science and of this audiobook.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but cluttered

    • By Anonymous User on 11-10-18

    Regular price: $23.44

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