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Musicophilia

Written by: Oliver Sacks
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Oliver Sacks’ compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own minds. 

In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people - those struck by affliction, unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning - to show not only that music occupies more areas of our brain than language does but also that it can torment, calm, organise and heal. 

Always wise and compellingly listenable, these stories alter our conception of who we are and how we function and show us an essential part of what it is to be human.

©2018 Oliver Sacks (P)2010 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"A humane discourse on the fragility of our minds, of the bodies that give rise to them, and of the world they create for us. This book is filled with wonders." (Daily Telegraph)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-19

Incredible

Oliver Sacks has done it again! Brilliant.
Great narrating. Accessible language. A must for anyone interested in music and/or the human brain.

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  • ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲
  • 04-01-19

Hallucinations & Epilepsy

As the title may suggest, I thought this was a book about the love of music. It’s not. It’s as much about music phobia as it is about musicophilia.

As a musician who adores music, I’m always keen to learn more. However, this audiobook is a depressing account of neurological disorders from patients, many of whom have no love nor affinity for music at all.

Several times I had to switch off this audiobook as it was disturbing, irritating or incessantly annoying. I like to finish what I start, but after a few of hours, I simply could not take anymore. I gave up on this audiobook and requested a full refund.

This may be a good book for neurosurgeons and medical students. But for a lovers of music, musicophiliacs like myself, this book is the opposite of pleasant.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-03-19

A solid Oliver Sacks book

It's a good book about neurological curiosities, that follows the trend of every other book Sacks wrote. I would strongly recommend that new listeners start with "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat", as earlier in his writing career, Sacks had even more weird and wonderful stories. Some accounts get reprised here a bit, and it's a good follow-up.