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

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
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    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.

    ESK says: ""Lest we forget how fragile we are...""
  • An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales | Oliver Sacks

    An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
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    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.

    Jeff says: "SACKS IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY !!"
  • Awakenings | Oliver Sacks

    Awakenings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
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    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.

    Douglas says: "Absolute classic!"
  • Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf | Oliver Sacks

    Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
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    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.

    Douglas says: "A Rich Experience"
  • Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence | Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

    Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Sacks
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    In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls "altruistic evil", violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome.

    Leandra says: "Hard reading yet powerful."
  • A Leg to Stand On | Oliver Sacks

    A Leg to Stand On

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
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    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.

    jeff says: "A very rewarding read but Not for everybody."
  • Oaxaca Journal | Oliver Sacks

    Oaxaca Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
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    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.

    Daniela says: "A gem"
  • Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence | Jonathan Sacks

    Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jonathan Sacks
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    Despite predictions of continuing secularisation, the 21st century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence in the name of God. In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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