Seeing Voices

  • by Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect - a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well. Seeing Voices is, as Studs Terkel has written, "an exquisite, as well as revelatory, work".
PLEASE NOTE: Some changes have been made to the original manuscript with the permission of Oliver Sacks.

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What the Critics Say

"This book will shake your preconceptions about the deaf, about language and about thought.... Sacks [is] one of the finest and most thoughtful writers of our time." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Fascinating and richly rewarding.... Sacks is a profoundly wise observer." (The Plain Dealer)

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Didn't enjoy it as much as his other books

I didn't like this as much as his other books I've read, I don't know if it was because it was an audio book or if it was the book itself. The subject matter was interesting but suffered from a couple of things:
1. A lack of examples. When talking about the spatial grammar of sign, for example, it would've been really helpful to have a description of some of the features so I can visualise them.
2. It was just too wordy in parts. There was an excess of adjectives.

The narration was ok, but it sometimes felt like the narrator was quoting passages rather than reading a book.
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- Mr. M. G. Helliwell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-06-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios