On the Move: A Life

  • by Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by Dan Woren
  • 12 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Oliver Sacks was 12 years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: "Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far." It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening reflection on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy.
As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, as well as with a group of patients who would define his life, it becomes clear that Sacks' earnest desire for engagement has occasioned unexpected encounters and travels - sending him through bars and alleys, over oceans, and across continents.
With unbridled honesty and humour, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions - bodybuilding, weightlifting, and swimming - also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual, his guilt over leaving his family to come to America, his bond with his schizophrenic brother, and the writers and scientists - Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick - who influenced him.
On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer - and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

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What the Critics Say

"His truly has been a life lived to the full – and beyond . . . it is the adventure of ideas he has undertaken that has bestowed on his life its remarkable originality." (Will Self, The Guardian)
"A compelling, surprising and sometimes astounding story of a richly lived life . . . fabulously surprising photos." (James McConnachie, The Sunday Times)
"[A] beautifully constructed and moving memoir . . . It is sad to think that Oliver Sacks's voice will soon be stilled, but his life and work are a gift to many and we can be grateful that he leaves such a legacy." (Andrew Scull, TLS)

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Customer Reviews

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Enjoyable read

This is a beautiful memoir, although I think Oliver tries to cover too much and spreads his stories a bit thin, I believe he should have just focused on the significant times of his life and also less on his professional and more on his personal life.

Still overall, it is a beautiful memoir and is beautifully told!

Totally recommend this gem...
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- Patrick

Interesting choice of voice...

Wonderful book, a fascinating journey into the life and mind of the incomparable Oliver Sacks.

I was somewhat distracted by the choice of reader for this book; while Dan Woren's performance is technically excellent, I found it strange that an English man with a cultured, somewhat effeminate speaking voice would be portrayed by a gravelly-voiced, highly masculine sounding American voice actor. It made the memoir sound a bit like an action story... Perhaps that was the point? It took me a while to get past this, but overall it was an absorbing and enjoyable listen.
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- Bronfoot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.