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My Stroke of Insight

Narrated by: Jill Bolte Taylor
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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The international best seller and recommended by medics, patients and the NHS, this is a brain scientist's personal experience of a stroke. It tells of her journey and gives rare insight into human consciousness and its possibilities for all of us.

On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain.  

A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain - the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side - swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric nirvana of the intuitive and emotional right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical left brain that realised Jill was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. 

In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Taylor brings to light a new perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery that she gained through the intimate experience of awakening her own injured mind. The journey to recovery took eight years for Jill to feel completely healed. Using her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insight gained from her right brain that December morning.

©2008 Jill Bolte Taylor (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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Excellent!! Great read!!

The author is reading and is just amazing. Great and inspiring story. I just felt sad it was so short! Hope I and you who is reading this can get to Nirvana like she says too! =)

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Very insightful

Very insightful and must read book for everyone and specially for families with strock pateint

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Amazing book

Great book, excellent academic insight from a pacient. Really great story. Would totally recommend it

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  • dordje
  • 08-31-18

Magical and scientific in one book

A phenomenal story told with heart and humour. I wish I’d had this to read when studying psychology because it would have brought a little magic into the dry science. This is so human and quite phenomenal. This is one of the must read.books on my list.

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  • hideyuki
  • 05-06-18

Fascinating fact about ourselves as humans

It is said that the majority of neuroscientists are based on materialism, hence they believe that the human mind is created entirely through the electronical and chemical processes of our brain. This view denies human spirituality. The author of this book is a respected professional neuroscientist. From her scientific perspective, she described her journey of dreadful stroke experience; how she suffered and recovered, and what she discovered. This is the book well worth reading (listening).

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  • jim imeson
  • 05-15-19

life-changing read

inspirational story and completely changed the way I think! thank you Dr Jill Bolte Taylor

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 10-25-18

Some VERY useful chapters ...

Pros: insightful chapters (2-10,16-19). Some funnies, some information on our manual.
Cons: some repetitions. (Ok, lots), some “meh” story telling, some only personal -non-confirming- experiences told.

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  • Rydal Mount
  • 08-24-18

Whiny and narcissistic

The narrator, who was unfortunately the author, had the most irritating voice, so it was hard to have much empathy with her. Having the author narrate also gave the performance a rather narcissistic feel. I was recommended this book, but I wouldn't pass on the recommendation. There are much better stroke journey/recovery books out there...

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  • gareth johnson
  • 05-06-18

Two sides

Be warned,this turns from a very interesting inside story of a stroke by someone who knows the brain well into a nonsensical self-help book with elements of fantasy thinking. First part very good,second part such nonsense it calls the clarity of her view of what happened into question.

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  • Karen
  • 03-13-19

Such an incredibly important book.. thank you Jill

Thank you Jill for sharing your incredible understanding and insight into your mind and through you, our own minds and body. I was telling my husband just last week about the duality I have in my mind and your book explains it so well, in the differences between our right and left hemispheres. This and so, so much more. Your experience and understanding of the processes going on is such a gift to us all. Thank you, I am truly grateful and also truly sorry you had to endure such a traumatic experience to get to this understanding and truly amazing gift of insight. Thank you again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-19

A greater understanding.

As a aneurysm survivor you have made me understand insightly the performance of our brains. Thanks