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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Oliver Sack's life is real and fascinating. Despite his many years in the United States, he still speaks with an English accent. So, no offence to the reader himself, but the American accent is ALL wrong.
How could the performance have been better?
A reader with an English accent is imperative. I find it hard to understand who selected this voice/accent for this production.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Oliver Sacks is one of the world's most fascinating, not to mention engaging, polymaths.
Any additional comments?
Read it! Or simply petition the publisher to change the voice/accent. And when doing it, make sure the reader has a spattering of yiddish/hebrew words.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Although Sacks spent most of his life in the US, he always retained his British accent. How could anyone ask Woren, with his strong American accent, to read Sacks's autobiography? Woren makes matters worse because no one helped him with British pronunciation, and so we read of a university provost ("proh-vohst") visiting Magdalen ("Mag-dalen") College. It's painful and a distraction. Signed, a Canadian whose accent is between the two and knows the difference.
Would you listen to On the Move: A Life again? Why?
I would not listen again but I would read the book again. The choice of voice artist is quite bizarre and the production very poor.
What didn’t you like about Dan Woren’s performance?
The voice artist would be fine for an American character or novel. But he is so far removed from Oliver Sacks's London origins and English pronunciation that whilst at first it is unintentionally funny it is ultimately annoying. His mispronunciation of well known places is an especially silly mistake. The voice artist may not have realised that he was mispronouncing but the producers should not have hired him without giving him the support to correct pronunciation. Because Sacks died just before the recording was released I don't suppose he heard it. He would have pointed out the numerous faux pas but alas this undermines a brilliant book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There are many shocking and hilarious moments and it is full of profound insight into the human condition.
Any additional comments?
Please producers of audio book, do your research and respect the pronunciations of things, people and places, for without this the books ring false and the meaning inferred or intended by the author is completely undermined.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Oliver Sacks and his "Man who mistook his wife for a hat" are well known for their informative insights into the mysteries and wonder of the human brain. Sacks is a consummate story-teller engaging the reader with fascinating insights derived from his clinical career and personal challenges and triumphs.
In this autobiographical journey he reveals much about himself, his formative influences of family and colleagues, and his brushes with 'conservatism' (my word here... to reflect those who oppose new ideas or new thinking) in various forms. He exposes and shares his shyness, his sexuality and relationships, experimentation with drugs, and ethical dilemmas.
He reveals to us his multidimensional and varied interests, his arrogance and overconfidence (perhaps self-confidence is more accurate...) alongside his insecurities and desire to be loved, appreciated and respected.
I especially enjoyed his concluding comments on the purpose and importance of writing, a suitable book-end to this engaging and at times intimate public reflection.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I adored this book, I felt like I was in the company of a good friend as I travelled with Oliver as he recounted his fascinating life journey;) I felt uplifted and inspired by the books' end.
This is a beautiful memoir, although I think Oliver tries to cover too much and spreads his stories a bit thin, I believe he should have just focused on the significant times of his life and also less on his professional and more on his personal life.
Still overall, it is a beautiful memoir and is beautifully told!
Totally recommend this gem...