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Musicophilia - Tales of Music and the Brain

Oliver Sacks

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Description:

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's 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-from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; from people with "amusia," to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Prebble

Length:

5h 59m


Chapters

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04:35

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:21


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:38


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:40


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:44


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:30


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:09


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:03