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Scattered Audiobook

Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

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Publisher's Summary

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition.

In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Maté moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children.

Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is an essential and life-changing guide for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.

©1999 Gabor Maté (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder, Mate...challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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    Listens-a-lot 10-28-17
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    "BOOK, great, NARRATOR, so so."

    Great book. I read this years ago and found it an excellent resource for parents and adults with ADHD, too. Most of the books I've found on ADHD are geared more to parents, and so I really appreciated that this was useful for adults who were never diagnosed.

    The narration is so so. I far prefer Daniel Maté's narration - he narrated Gabor Maté's other titles: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts; When the Body Says No, and Hold On to Your Kids. I found a copy of Daniel narrating Scattered Minds (same book, but the title is slightly different) on audible.ca - it just opened recently - but not sure if Daniels version is on the USA site or not. Wish I'd known it was there before I purchased this version.

    Daniel is Dr. Maté's son and he does a great job with these titles. He's warm and sincere. Barry Abrams is okay, but rather dry - or maybe his reading just doesn't feel as connected to the text as Daniel's narration. I'm not sure what it was, but I found that I had to work a bit harder to follow this narration. If the reader isn't really connecting with the text, then I find it hard to stay focused. Abrams doesn't quite have the audible compassion Daniel brought to the other audiobooks by this author. And I also found Daniel's narration very helpful in making sense of the science parts in In the Realm and When the Body Says No. I didn't have to back-up and go over difficult sentences. Solid inflection can do that for an audiobook.

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    Adrienne Moore Baxter 08-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Every Book on ADHD ought to be Read Aloud"

    'Scattered', a public library book was scanned years ago. I've now heard the author's voice.

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    Terry Harmon Camarillo, CA United States 08-06-17
    Terry Harmon Camarillo, CA United States 08-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful"

    extremely Insightful. great book to keep for future reference. Maté books have not disappointed me.

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    "Susan" 04-24-17
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    "Thank you!"

    Beautiful! Finally, a description of ADD that makes sense. I always suspected that there was a strong connection between moods, emotional state, and ability to concentrate. I feel satisfied to learn Dr Mate's theory. I wish this was a more highly accepted/regarded theory than the simplistic biological one I tend to hear and see. At least that is my impression.

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    Georgene L. Grover 03-06-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Help for parents of ADD kids"

    Excellent broad analysis and discussion of ADD and it's complexity. There is no "cure" only compassionate help here.

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    guera95@yahoo.com Indiana, USA 02-02-17
    guera95@yahoo.com Indiana, USA 02-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing"

    I read this book to gain a greater understanding of my ex-husband and children. What I heard was an 11-hour description of my own life. I cannot recommend this book any more highly, especially if you or anyone you love suffers from ADD.

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    Kathleen 01-17-17
    Kathleen 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Annoying narrator but great content."

    The narrator reminded me of the over enunciation you hear in infomercials. If you can read as opposed to listen to the book, I would recommend doing so. But if not, it's still a fantastic book on ADHD.

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    Pat 01-01-17
    Pat 01-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    What made the experience of listening to Scattered the most enjoyable?

    Gabor Mate gets at the truth of ADD and holds it up in the light for all to know. In so doing he washes away the shame, confusion and judgement. He offers meaning and validation to those who are profoundly lost and hopeless. He shows us a path to re-claim our humanity. And he shows us that our creativity, love and dreams are not an illusion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is written by a doctor who personally experiences ADD, and now brings tremendous insight and knowledge after a life of family and personal encounters with ADD, as well as dedicated research and work to help those who struggle.


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

    No. He was very good.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Scattered?

    The book is is a goldmine of insight and inspiration.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm ordering the print version so I can re-read and make notes.

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    Jose Blanco Alpharetta, GA 12-31-16
    Jose Blanco Alpharetta, GA 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    I can't say how scientifically accurate it is, but everything about it made total sense to me. Amazingly total sense. This guy knows me better than I have ever known myself. He connected ALL the dots. I now can make sense of it al. I will be 60 in a few months. I wish I found this out many years ago. For my own sake and for my family's sake.

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    Josef 10-31-16
    Josef 10-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read !"

    Insightful and applicable to understanding all child development and your own development, not just ADHD.

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