Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind

  • by Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by Robert Krulwich
  • 1 hrs and 28 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

One of the great medical writers of our time, British neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks has been called the "poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times. Speaking with Radiolab's Robert Krulwich, Dr. Sacks expands on the connection between music and the mind, the subject of his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. Dr. Sacks has an elegant voice that contrasts appealingly with Krulwich's dry tones, and he demonstrates his unique ability to describe and explain medical and psychological topics in a graceful and accessible way.


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Slightly dissapointed

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Before getting this audio book, I was aware that this was an interview, but I was not aware that Dr. Oliver Sacks is not terribly good when being interviewed. Mr. Robert Krulwich who interviewed him and he was very dynamic speaker and he makes jokes, managing to engage me in the interview, but when Dr. Sacks comes on, even though his stories themselves are interesting, he makes them boring and he stutters slightly. It's not his accent that's not the problem, it's the little importance he seems to place in making us excited about the patients, who sound like they are a blast do be around, but when he talks he does not convey that feeling. It is only because I am fascinated by the subject, that I found some enjoyment, but I would not recommend it to a friend.

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- Ana

How a terrible reader can spoil an audiobook.

What did you like best about Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind? What did you like least?

I was listening to his Musicophilia, 25 times longer and better, because in this little book I cannot pay attention to his voice, so monotonal and lifeless it is. Actually, his reading made it unbearable to listen to anything he said, be it good or bad.

What was most disappointing about Oliver Sacks’s story?

I could not say becuase of his voice is so bad that one cannot pay attention to what is being read.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Krulwich?

I thought the voice was from the author. I guess it is difficult to find anyone worse than him. I've read several commentaries complaining about the quality of the narrator. In all of them I gave them a fair try, by listening to them in their free sample, and ended up by saying that it wasn`t that bad. This is the first one I cannot tolerate hearing to it. I should have gone to the free trial first. It was my bad. I guess that in this particular case I was enjoying so much the narrator (John Lee) of Musicophilia that, when I found out this other one reading the text, I could not bear such dramatic change for the worse.

Did Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind inspire you to do anything?

To listen first the free sample before buying any audiobook from now. It is an important lesson. It could save both money and a lot of unnecessary anger.

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- Gustavo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-24-2009
  • Publisher: 92nd Street Y