We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog Audiobook
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
Written by: 
Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
Narrated by: 
Danny Campbell
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog Audiobook

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

What traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing.

What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation. Dr. Perry clearly explains what happens to the brain when children are exposed to extreme stress. He reveals his innovative methods for helping to ease their pain, allowing them to become healthy adults. This deeply informed and moving book dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.

©2007 Bruce Duncan Perry and Maia Szalavitz (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Readable, informative about the workings of language, memory, trust, and choice, and ultimately optimistic---while critical of a society that exudes violence and ignores prevention---this book demands and deserves attention from parents, educators, policymakers, courts, and therapists. Highly recommended." (Library Journal Starred Review)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (878 )
5 star
 (601)
4 star
 (203)
3 star
 (55)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.6 (765 )
5 star
 (549)
4 star
 (164)
3 star
 (40)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.6 (762 )
5 star
 (508)
4 star
 (186)
3 star
 (57)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 01-15-14
    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An Entrancing Look into the Field of Counseling"
    What did you love best about The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

    I am in the counseling field, and this book gave me a deeper understanding into trauma that I would not be able to receive through my classes. I really loved how the author explained how trauma affects the brain and how the environment can alter the mind and behavior of a child. The stories were heart wrenching but fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the author was able to look outside of the box for solutions to issues these clients were experiencing and worked hard to help them be successful in the end


    Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

    I think this was more which case study was more intriguing to me and that would have to be the title...the boy who was raised as a dog. It was fascinating to see his progression to becoming a functioning young man. I could not get over someone raising a child by keeping him in a dog cage! Another one that stuck with me was the child basically screaming for help because his foster mother was trying to make him sick or kill him (mauchausen) to get attention from others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think the book would have been overwhelming to listen to in one sitting because it's filled with so much knowledge and wisdom. A reader needs time to soak in the information.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narrator! He was very pleasant to listen to and I felt so easily drawn into the case studies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pam North Tustin, CA, United States 11-29-13
    Pam North Tustin, CA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very interesting and informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are interested in what can go wrong in childhood and how we can serve the person to move forward.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This was a series of stories about different children. I don't have a favorite. They were all informative and interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 11-26-13
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    490
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    240
    122
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    157
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Better than I expected"

    Listen to this book! There are many amazing stories about traumatized children, most of them with a happy ending. But foremost, you will learn a lot about kids' psychology and what you should and shouldn't do to your kid, even if he/she never suffered any trauma. The author, Dr Bruce Perry is a psychiatrist that first learns and then teaches how to see the world through the child's point of view, and of course, solves their problems and help them to be accepted in the society.
    Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    thebrownidentity Kansas 11-24-13
    thebrownidentity Kansas 11-24-13 Member Since 2011

    thebrownidentity

    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating"

    This book was incredibly fascinating. The author did a nice job of balancing the case studies with facts about the way the brain receives and interprets information. It was interesting how trauma or neglect at early ages had different effects on how the children's brains developed. If anything, this book was an instruction manual for how I can raise happy healthy kids depending on how their brain develops at any given time. The only part that was hard to listen to was Dr. Perry's analysis at the end of the book which got very preachy. I understand it's necessary to conclude this book with the authors summation of the stories and what they mean, but I feel like that was done so well throughout the book that the end was just redundant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lesa from Bethel 11-21-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This reader has the perfect voice for this subject, and I believe gives the correct nuances.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Everyone should understand the forces that shape our relationships and society as a whole. By teaching us the roots of empathy vs the roots of sociopaths, the author creates a powerful tool in the reader.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmmm, I have two....the interactions with the Raven, and how the author first approaches the boy in the cage.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because each case sparked very interesting family discussions.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to encourage, no...IMPLORE, everyone who works with children to read it. The author explores how our brains develop sequentially, how this is affected by life experiences, and how those effects shape our personalities. Reading this should be a requirement for teachers, and parents will find it fascinating. If you think your kids are being given too much homework, your gut is right and he explains why....and so much more! The true case stories he relates will grip you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ronda 11-13-13
    Ronda 11-13-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    109
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A must read for those who work with children"

    This book has a very engaging style which alternates between stories and scientific information. The scientific information is relevant and understandable and very interesting for anyone who is interested in how the brain development effects the way a person thinks and responds to the world around him. The stories are riveting and even made me cry a couple times. I highly recommend this book for social workers, CPS workers, parole officers, those in the medical field, teachers, daycare workers, and anyone who works with children. It should be a must read for child development classes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sivan Houston, TX, United States 11-05-13
    Sivan Houston, TX, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great content and great naration"
    Would you listen to The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog again? Why?

    This book inspired me as a parent. I'd listen again just to re-enforce what I can provide for my family.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many of the stories about the children were heart breaking but uplifting in the end. Very inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories in this book are really well written and narrated. I was left wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Doc Boynton Beach, FL, United States 10-31-13
    Doc Boynton Beach, FL, United States 10-31-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating and informative!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who works with children should read this, especially mental health professionals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The case examples and personal stories really added depth and understanding to the concepts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bernadette Joliet, IL, United States 08-25-13
    Bernadette Joliet, IL, United States 08-25-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would consider the audio version to be better than the printed version because the words seems to come to life when you listen to them and you can multi-task while listening to the book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling aspect of the narrative was the fact that every word was understood,especially when the narrator used different tones in their perspective contexts.


    Which character – as performed by Danny Campbell – was your favorite?

    Leon


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes,Leon's story speaks volumes and shows how people can become the way that they are.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved,loved,loved the book,especially Audible.It helped me get through a class that I had absolutely no extra time to sit and read the book.It was read to me. The creation of Audible was genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Etobicoke, ON, Canada 08-24-13
    Jennifer Etobicoke, ON, Canada 08-24-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Eye opening!!"

    It is incredible how much we can learn about children and their development just by listening to this book. Worth the read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.