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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Lightman Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams comes this harrowing tale of one man’s struggle to cope in a wired world, even as his own biological wiring short-circuits. As Boston’s red line shuttles Bill Chalmers to work one summer morning, something extraordinary happens. Suddenly, he can’t remember which stop is his, where he works, or even who he is. The only thing he can remember is his corporate motto: the maximum information in the minimum time.

Bill’s memory returns, but a strange numbness afflicts him. As he attempts to find a diagnosis for his deteriorating illness, he descends into a nightmarish tangle of inconclusive results, his company’s manic frenzy, and his family’s disbelief. Ultimately Bill discovers that he is fighting not just for his body but also for his soul.

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  • In Praise of The Diagnosis
  • The Diagnosis is packed with dark power and awful humor. Lightman's intelligence, imagination, and clarity of style mark him as one of the most brilliant contemporary American writers. Annie Proulx
  • I know of no novel that captures the technological horror and pervasive spiritual poverty of our wildly prosperous land in so powerful a way as The Diagnosis. It is haunting. Norman Mailer

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 1/4/2014

    " Read this for school... not sure what to think besides a total dissatisfaction with the lack of resolution... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Janet | 12/26/2013

    " I didn't even enjoy the process of reading this book that much... but I kept with it just hoping that there would be a payoff in the end. There wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanu | 12/13/2013

    " pretty good but dropped the ball at the end..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony Fecteau | 10/31/2013

    " You have to keep reading to find out what happens. This is definitely a page turner. The main character is confused and quite confusing for the readers. "

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