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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Customer Reviews

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fascinating stories and connections

this was just great- music has such connection to facets of our lives that we are only just beginning to inderstand
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- Patty

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If you could sum up Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant, Enlightening, and Encouraging!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind?

I also listened to Sacks' Musicophelia, so I don't recall which; described Oliver Sacks breaking his leg in a mountain climb and having to haul himself backward down the mountain using only his arms and that he sang a little "chant" which gave him momentum like that of rowing a boat and allowed him to focus. He said that little ditty saved his life.

What about Robert Krulwich’s performance did you like?

Oh! You mean that wasn't Oliver Sacks? I didn't know that until I heard Dr. Oliver Sacks interviewed on Fresh Air (also available on Audible) and realized that Robert Krulwich was only the reader's voice. Fantastic!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was blown away by Sacks' research. I have since read all of his other books of which The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was my favorite. My husband sometimes introduces me to people we already know saying "and this is my...hat..." because it starts a fascinating conversation!

Any additional comments?


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- Anna

Book Details

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