The Diagnosis

  • by Alan Lightman
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On his way to work one morning, Bill Chalmers suddenly discovers that he cannot remember where he is going, what he is meant to be doing or, indeed, who he is. He remembers only one thing, "The Maximum Information in the Minimum Time", his company's motto. But when his memory returns, it is accompanied by a numbness that gradually affects his entire body. As Chalmers chases down the elusive diagnosis of his illness, he descends into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which the more he discovers, the more he realizes what he has already lost.


What the Critics Say

"A darkly affecting book." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Lightman] reveals himself to be a highly original and imaginative thinker." (The New York Times Book Review)


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The Diagnosis

A well written book however, the story line is so depressing it was painfull to listen to.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A book by another author!

Has The Diagnosis turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, all books by Alan Lightman

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Even Scott Brick, an otherwise excellent narrator who struggles mightily with this dog, couldn't save it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It wasn't too long.

Any additional comments?

'Tis a tale told by an idiot - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape