As a social worker working in the field of brain injury, I would recommend this book to others interested in brain injury, stroke, and overcoming these difficult medical happenings. Taylor's perspective and drive to recover is absolutely remarkable. Her insights as to what she needed as a stroke survivor are priceless to professionals and family members everywhere who are working with survivors.
Taylor narrates her own book. She is not a born narrator, but she pulls it off in her own voice. It is fine, but you have to adjust to her voice.
There are two chapters of this book that dive into some of the details of how the brain functions and processes information. These chapters can be difficult to stick with, but are worth the listen given Taylor's expertise in the field.
Jill's account of her stroke, from the perspective of a brain scientist, was one thing, but her new perspective on life and how our brains actually work and how we could have a say in changing that and not being victim to it, was the best lesson for me personally. I love Jill's voice, have seen her on t.v. and could just picture her reading this the whole time with her neat personality. Loved it. Keep listening to sections over and over to help me through my everyday challenges..
The way she lives in the moment and controls her brain and the ways the left hemisphere can affect her mood or day..
Her neat personality and inflection from the heart.
Say something about yourself!
Learned a lot about what a stroke survivor experiences during the stroke and recovery, and also about how the brain operates in general. Injected with lots of positivity and optimism about how we can all exercise the neuropathways in our brain to become happier people.
Didn't expect a book about brain biology to be so fun and easy to follow for someone who has no background in the field
Jill's passion for life and for sharing her story with others really shines through. It's fun to listen to, especially on 1.25 speed :) Saw her speak in person once, and was happy to find that her energy comes across in her writing/reading too.
Chapter 18 touches on how you do have some amount of control to choose your thoughts
I loved the energy and enthusiasm with which the author told her story. It really brought the book to life. I loved that I learned so much about my own brain.
Everything was great.
when she talks about how her speech didn't matchup to her brain, and how people yelled at her to make her understand.
this book was SO great that I stopped listening half way through just to make it last longer. I started being more picky about when I would listen because I just didn't want it to end.
Finally, I went back on a normal schedule and realized I would just listen to it AGAIN!
As an occupational therapist, the book gave me a look into the experience of a stroke that most patients can not provide as they are experiencing or initially recovering. The fact that she not only had the background but paid attention throughout her experience and managed to write it all down is mind blowing. Considering that her primary areas of difficulty were language and more complex thought, she is an inspiration.
I Am the Central Park Jogger - about a woman who survives a brutal attack and documents her rehabilitation. Again, getting perspective on recovery and survival is not only interesting to follow but a learning opportunity.
The fact that she read it herself after experiencing such a significant brain bleed never ceased to amaze me. But she also can go into minute detail of the functions of the brain and how this all comes together and plays out in functional ability....She made me able to further understand all of the processes and anatomy on such a deeper level than before. And after a stroke!
This book was recommended after a friend suffered severe brain damage. Ms. Bolte Taylor provides a unique look into the process of brain damage and what the injured person goes through during recovery and that from the point of view of someone with a knowledge of brain anatomy.
It's clear from the book that Ms. Bolte Taylor is a scientist and not an professional author or narrator. The writing was decent, but she should have had a professional read the book. I didn't feel self-narration added anything to the experience over what a professional narrator could have done.
I would listen to this book again and again. Real insight into what is important in life.
I liked the way the author explained complicated medical information
Great audio book. Jill is someone I would like to have as a friend.
I might read a book of hers, but not an audio she's recorded herself.
This is the first.
If a trained actor reads. JBT's reading voice isn't very good (hey, she's a doctor, she doesn't have to act too!)
None--this is a nonfiction piece.
Re-release with another reader, not the author (i.e., Johnny Depp reading Keith Richards' autobiography--great!)
The unique insight into a horrible brain event from an author who is an expert on brain function. As horrible as her illness was, she turns it into a charming story that will help anyone dealing with understanding stroke or another brain event. Even if you're not interested in brain function, this author's story is interesting enough to carry the book.
I found this book enjoyable and insightful.
You could share her enthusiasm, positivity and passion for her work.
Ms. Taylor opens with the story of her stroke, which she describes in vivid detail. I was amazed and frustrated, though, that neither her PhD. brain scientist colleagues or her doctor, whom she managed to call, had the sense to call 911 when they knew she was obviously very sick!
Whether her experiences truly solve the mystery of the right versus left brain may be open, but it is clear that there is a part of the brain that sees the connectedness of the.universe. I also recently listened to "The Believing Brain" but found it much less convincing. It was an interesting juxtaposition of two arguments for left- brained and right- brained viewpoints.