I found this book both fasinating and thought provoking. It was fasinating from the point of view of, firstly, the science of the brain (chapters two and three) and secondly, Dr Bolte Taylors personal description of how she experienced her stroke. Had this not been a personal account and, moreover, not a personal account by a neuroanatomist one perhaps could critize the narration or content. For me though I greatly appreciated listening to the person that went through such an incredible journey rather than a professional reading about someone elses experience.
I found myself wanting more. I wanted more information on the brain's left and right hemesphires' functions and how to tap more readily into the right hemesphire (although Ms Bolte does give us insights into how to do this - I just wanted more :-D ) I had so many questions; so instead of finding the second half of this book boring or a soft guide to meditation I actually wanted more in depth information - but I concede that that is not what this book was about. It is a personal account of an AVM stroke suffered by a neuroanatomist, and on that level Ms Bolte delivered. As I say, the book is thought provoking so I am now on a quest to find other books to answer my questions!!
Perhaps the most import thing is that this book is TRUELY inspiring. Thanks to Ms Bolte's story I will never put limits, spoken or otherwise, on anyones ability to recover from any form of brain trauma and I will take personal responsibilty for my energy when showing up for others!
Unengaging despite the very attractive subject. This is a chronicle (a simple recounting of events). Author dwells on her very very many accomplishments to the point of annoyance. A disappointment.
I found myself having to process some of this book slowly as to understand what she was saying about the brain. That is only due to my limited knowledge of the brains anatomy. That didn't stop me from being very intrigued and compelled to listen to every second of this book. I enjoyed her very detailed description of what she experienced from her sudden stroke all the way through her recovery. It really educated me on how the brain works and just how dependent one part of the brain is to another just so we (human beings) can function the way we do.
Voice is shrill and boasting is exasperating, was unable to get through the second chapter which is sad considering her story on radio lab was very interesting.
Insightful content is minimal. Rambling and repetitious recounting of stroke recovery that's light on detail and lighter on science. Goes completely off the rails when Dr. Taylor veers into the land of abject quackery by equating quantum mechanics with magic psychic healing powers and prayer.
Avoid if you're looking for a interesting look into a stroke victim's POV. Maybe your grandmother will like it.
Would give the first part of the book - the section where she described having the stroke and recovering from it - a four star rating. The second half of the book was new agey and simplistic [too much right hemisphere and not enough left!] and warrants only a 2 star rating.
As far as the audio portion goes the author read her own material and did an okay job at it.
My opinion of the book has nothing to do with my respect for the author. I greatly admire the author's will to survive and sheer determination; I give Jill a 5 star rating.
The narrative style kept me on my toes every single moment. Jil is not only a stroke survivor, and a great teacher, but she also uses the most exquisite, descriptive, rich language I have ever heard. I recommend this audiobook to all those English students since they can learn, as I did, how a great presentation should be made. Simply, a knockout.
I'm a recovering librarian. Since I had a stroke in 2002 I have found reading print difficult. I am so grateful for audiobooks.
I had a hemorrhagic stroke in 2002 and this book mirrored so many of my own experiences. I am so deeply thankful to Jill Bolte Taylor for her help in bringing some of my own memories back to me in a way that was very healing. In addition I gathered much strength from her thoughtful examination of the mind body connections. I am deeply grateful for her insight. We still have so much to learn.
It is a huge gift to have this book on Audioble for those of us who have had a stroke and still find reading print a laborious and slow task.