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As always, LeDoux brings deep insights into his masterful and thorough explanations, while maintaining an intellectually honest and critical counterbalance. The narrator is one of my all time favorites - but do be warned that the book gets very technical and following some of the brain circuit descriptions will certainly tax your own working memory. I found myself rewinding specific chapters very frequently in order to follow along. If the intricate neurobiology is a primary concern, as it is with me, then consider reading the physical book. Either way I'm very happy.
Bonus: the book gives a very up-to-date and encompassing overview of existing theories of consciousness. Do yourself a favor and stick to the book when near the beginning he seems to dismiss animal qualitative experience. This seems at first to be a self-deceiving justification for his research methodologies over the years, but it does actually go somewhere reasonable in later chapters.
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I really enjoyed this book, but it was not the easiest to digest. it almost felt like an information overload- it was simply written in a very textbook-like tone. The subject matter was super fascinating and his explanations of really complicated processes were very concise and clear. I would recommend this book to anyone who values science- but if you are a science fan, this book may be a little too dry for you.