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  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • By: Bessel Van der Kolk MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,268

In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably clear and Life Changing

  • By colleen geis on 05-06-15

Most important book I've lived this year

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I attended a workshop in British Columbia this year where the author of this book presented a workshop on trauma. I am only able to read books aurally, thus read it on Audible and in preparation for the workshop. Having now read the book and experienced the workshops, I can say, after more than 20 years of involvement in many PTSD therapies, both drug and talk, cognitive and psychoanalytical, that the solutions and cutting edge techniques discussed in this book include everything I personally have found that works or holds promise. This book educated me, as well to what has worked in innumerable other situations than mine. It is not only for PTSD...it is a great book for understanding how emotion and the body are intertwined and is an excellent resource for better utilizing somatic practices such as yoga and mindfulness, as well as theatre and song in reclaiming personal harmony and health. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list of medical books for over two years. I actually feel it is best read on Audible because it can be digested over time...I read it over the course of three months.....in segments that can be mulled over and employed. I have taken courses in many of the techniques discussed in this book, from biofeedback and HRV to EMDR.... and can resolutely say, if you want one source to tell you what is out there for the alleviation of psychic pain in yourself or those you love, this is it.

  • The David Foster Wallace Reader

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, David Foster Wallace, Sally Foster Wallace, and others
  • Length: 48 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here - with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely. This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It takes a lot for me to be spellbound

  • By DIANE on 12-09-16

It takes a lot for me to be spellbound

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

I've been listening to books on audible for almost 4 years. Lots of good books; some I didn't like. Some really good ones narrated by the authors. This author was new to me and I've been spellbound at his craft and facility in using the English language to communicate things in an entirely original way. For part of the book I felt that I was experiencing a play because the narrator so got into the plot he used props to enhance his performance. Wow.

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  • The Satanic Verses

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 990

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses

  • By David Edelberg on 11-24-12

This is your chance to read the unreadable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-14

Would you listen to The Satanic Verses again? Why?

There is no other way I'd read a densely written piece of world fiction with my time constraints. Listening to "Satanic Verses" helped me understand why the Ayatollah was so peeved. When you listen to it, it becomes a performance play and I feel I now understand a great deal more about why Salman Rushdie is so revered. I use Audible only for Pulitzer Prize or Nobel prize winning fiction I wouldn't read in book form, nor on a Kindle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think the narrator gets that award.

Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have also read Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" narrated by Dastor. In that case it was by Audiobook CD from the library with late fees... that was when I started Audible.

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

The return of Khomeini to Iran was extraordinarily conceived.

Any additional comments?

I used to think Audible was just low brow novels... but anything the library has on its lists of award winning books Audible has, and I now depend on it for books I can read while I am doing tasks like driving... or in my case, painting. Audible gets them all, and more and more quality books are now narrated as well. A true performance... as the narrator makes the text come alive. I've read "Crime and Punishment", but will enjoy 24 hours of quality narration from the version where the narrator is highly recommended.... on Audible.

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