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Truly Amazing Content, Not Especially Well-Presented
on October 31, 2015
I want to clarify that this rating is for the narrated, audio version of this book, not the original print or e-book.
While the subject matter and supporting examples are truly fascinating, the narration is droll and overly clinical in its tone presenting what is already an overly pedantic style of writing. Dr. Sacks opens a door to the layman and offers a sideways glance into conventional psychology and psychiatry with thoughts, ideas, observations and evidence regarding truly fascinating psychological conditions and phenomena. Unfortunately, the style of prose is often overly academic and so field-specific at times that it can be rather inaccessible to those not well-versed in the history and nomenclature of his field. At times, the style of prose actually seems so far removed culturally that it might be more at home in 19th century fiction.