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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,758 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Sacks Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does: humans are a musical species.

Oliver Sacks' compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. He explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer's or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 2/20/2014

    " A collection of essays, illuminating the connection of music with the mind, and how those connections are revealed in the various patient pathologies - in short, a fascinating read from Oliver Sacks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Afshin | 2/17/2014

    " Anyone who is interested in music and science this book is it.... I really liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/16/2014

    " I love this book so far!! Margin notes are sprawling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvonne Hugli | 2/9/2014

    " Fascinating tidbits of information that remind me of myself for some things! "

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