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The 3-Day Effect

Narrated by: Florence Williams
Length: 3 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (9,681 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from The 3 Day Effect

The morning after the third day...
His relationship to the world shifted.
The brain itself has been trickier to study…
A week on the river is a year of therapy for me.
Being in nature is especially helpful with trauma.

  • The 3-Day Effect
  • The morning after the third day...
  • The 3-Day Effect
  • His relationship to the world shifted.
  • The 3-Day Effect
  • The brain itself has been trickier to study…
  • The 3-Day Effect
  • A week on the river is a year of therapy for me.
  • The 3-Day Effect
  • Being in nature is especially helpful with trauma.

About the Creator

Florence Williams is a journalist and the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative, which the The New York Times calls fascinating and JP Morgan named a top summer read of 2017. The Wall Street Journal calls her writing exceptional...droll and crisp, which makes her feel like a pastry. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and she wrote and hosted Outside's podcast series, The XX Factor. Her six-part Audible Original series based on The Nature Fix, The 3-Day Effect, won a 2019 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, as did her previous Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, won an Audie Award for best nonfiction title, and the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology.

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Lots of opinions

I was expecting a lot more of the science behind what happens at a cellular level when in nature. Instead, this book is mostly personal experiences about people going through hard times and how camping in the woods for 3 days helped them.

261 of 279 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed this

Clearly a compiled podcast but excellent story. Very poignant in places, found myself getting teary eyed. That said, there was quite a bit of repetition and it was a bit disjointed. Still, I'd recommend it as a good, quick read. I was hoping for a clearer outcome on the science part... It ends up being much less scienc-y than I thought it would be, which is found disappointing.

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anecdotes without a proper rationale.

a waste of time. the idea of getting away for 3 days obviously helps irrespective of where you go so her idea of nature is not proven at all and all this becomes is a 3 hour journey of anecdotes with no real value.

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Lots of Potential, But Missed the Mark

Had the potential to be a little better. Everything with the veterans and battered women was incredible, but I found myself very annoyed when the investigator kept comparing her divorce to a similar level of suffering as the before mentioned groups. While I know divorce is challenging and it can feel like everything is ending, I can't entertain a conversation where it is being compared to those who were physically or sexually abused or suffer from PTSD post war/battle.

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Reuse, recycle, reject

I was hoping for more "eco" and less "therapy". It's only chapter two and already the author has mentioned her divorce far too many times. I get that it's a traumatic life event. I get that writing about it is cathartic, and it would be fine as a central theme of a memoir, but not in what is supposed to be a science-based treatise on the calming effects of nature. It's only chapter two and I am listening to verbatim clips from chapter one. Why? This level of repetition adds no value to the story; it’s annoying filler in an otherwise already brief three hour recording. That’s I can't bring myself to listen to the remaining two hours.

Audible, if you’re listening, please vet author-narrated selections more carefully. Ms. Williams’ too fast “valley girl”’upspeak was grating. As a monthly member benefit free selection, I'm glad I didn't waste a credit on this. I gave three stars across the board because I'm sure someone with a less discerning ear and more patience than I may glean new information.

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Wonderful exploration of nature and us

This is a in depth and caring look at how we relate to nature. With a host who’s open about her own vulnerabilities and characters who are present and alive, this podcast really explains the complex way we relate to and learn from the world outdoors.

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This Ecotherapist loved this series!

I just loved this audio series. I couldn't turn it off and haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

I spent part of my 20s working in southern Utah at a wilderness survival school for troubled teens. I've been all of the country, but Utah is by far my favorite place. I could see the amazing views and smell the juniper while listening to the series. I have read many books on the nature-health connection including The Nature Fix (which I love!) but the audio book is such an interesting and wonderful way to connect deeper to the story. I loved listening to the voices of the folks interviewed, hearing the emotion and the rawness of the experience. Listening to the sounds of nature. I felt like I was there.

Plus the 3 day effect concept really resonated with me. I teach a graduate level class on Ecotherapy for future mental health practitioners. I've been trying to figure out how and what to incorporate into my Ecotherapy class for an immersive experience. I will definitely be adding a 3 day outdoor excursion for future courses.

I also commend Florence's bravery with sharing her pain and vulnerability throughout the series. I connected on a deeper level to the series based on her honesty.

I have shared this series with everyone I know. Thank you!

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Little substance

A few stories that got repeated/ Author is going through a divorce FYI. Based on the title I was expecting more scientific facts, What I got was a story about what the author did for 3 days a few different times
In a nut shell being out in nature is good. No meat to this book

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interview voices

I loved that this audiobook included actual voices of the people that she interviewed. Not only was the book great and the information great, but it seemed like a fantastic program in that we got to hear from the actual people. I would love more books like this!

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72-hours in Nature's Health Lab -- Sign me up!

What a natural treat! Launching from the solid science in the author's "The Nature Fix", we're guided into her Nature Labs where we hear the sounds, learn the stories and the meet real people into whom she is injecting a 3-Day dose of Nature. The broad array of audio captures are excellent. The author's passionate and humorous narration and interviews blend into a delight to be shared.

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