I originally decided to give this book as a gift to a colleague who is very involved with teaching music and singing in choirs. I ordered another copy for myself, mainly because the author is the same doctor who wrote the true story that became the movie, "Awakenings". The book is very detailed and fascinating in a scientific sense, but I suppose I was expecting a less strenuous read. It feels like a textbook in several places and focuses heavily on how music is interpreted by patients with various types of brain injuries or neurological conditions. Nevertheless, some intriguing stories about unusual situations are told.