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Musicophilia : and other tales of music and the brain

Author: Oliver W Sacks; John Lee
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2012, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)190773981
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver W Sacks; John Lee
ISBN: 9781415942680 1415942684
OCLC Number: 966141638
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Unabridged.
Performer(s): Read by John Lee.
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11 hr., 6 min.))
Responsibility: Oliver Sacks.

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

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