Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (567 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: Why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The listener is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.

©1997 Peter A. Levine (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating! Amazing! A revolutionary exploration of the effects and causes of trauma." (Mira Rothenberg, author of Children with Emerald Eyes)

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essential book- worst narration ever!

How could the performance have been better?

I am in Peter Levine's 3 year program, and was so excited to see this was finally on audio.

Unfortunately, the narrator's voice is so monotonous, abrasive and scientific that it made this incredible & lively material unbearable! I don't understand why he was chosen to read it.

I do recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested, I believe it is a profound method of healing. At this point, I'll just recommend the hard copy.

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Speed up playback for better listening experience

Would you listen to Waking the Tiger again? Why?

I have listened twice -- the information in this book is very helpful for understanding how traumatic experiences may lead to dissociation, as well as learning how to bring your body (and instincts) back into your every day awareness to facilitate emotional healing.

Any additional comments?

Some of the other reviewers have indicated that they found the narration robotic and hard to listen to. I also found the narration problematic and struggled to continue listening to the book, until I tried adjusting the playback speed on my iphone app. I found that speeding it up to the 1.25x speed made listening to this audiobook much more enjoyable. If you're having trouble with the narrator, try listening at a higher speed before giving up on the book altogether.

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Read it instead!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The narrator is absolutely awful. I can't even read the book without the thought of his voice reading the words for me. This is an amazing book, but don't traumatize yourself by listening to this audio version. It is pure misery!

What didn’t you like about Chris Sorensen’s performance?

His voice. And he's way too slow.

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Chris Sorensen is such a poor reader

This is a great book. I've read it before. But 10 minutes into the audio book I'm not sure I can go on. Sorensen seems to assume the material is dry, and adjusts his already bland reading style to match. The result is that a book that isn't dry feels like wading through a text book. I have listened to whole books read by Sorensen, and while I've never loved his performance, it has never been quite this bad. This will be the last Sorensen performance I ever listen to, if I can get through it at all. I'm boycotting him from now on.

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Ugh, skip audible and get the book

This is by far the worst narration I have ever experienced. The content is amazing. Save yourselves and get the book!!!!!!!

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As a student of Somatic Experiencing...

... this is a must read. I have personally and professionally experienced the benefits Peter Levine lays out in a clear and accessible manner. Do listen to it at 1.25 speed. It sounds 100% normal at that speed to this listener. For the exercises you may wish to slow it down to 1.0.

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Can't even finish it...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have no idea if this book is actually good because the narrator is so terribly horribly bad. His voice and tone make me unable to listen to this book. This book might actual heal every woe I've ever had but I'll never know unless I buy the actual book and read it. A huge waste of a credit.

What didn’t you like about Chris Sorensen’s performance?

His monotone droning made me unable to even begin to hear what he was actually talking about. This is by far the worst narrator I've heard on any audiobook.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book might be great but I just can't get through it because of the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I've never paid much attention to narrator names but I'll be looking for this guy to avoid at all cost.

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  • JM
  • 08-06-17

Worst Narrator Ever!

The narrator for this book is REALLY annoying. It feels like he is totally disconnected from the text. He ends all of his sentences in one of three or four ways and every way sounds sarcastic. The book is a little dated but is otherwise ok. There are better books on trauma like van der Kolk.

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Worst narrator ever, I’m returning it.

It’s like he’s reading in slow motion I can’t even get through the first chapter. I will be returning this book. I’m a fan of Peter A. Levine but I won’t be able to finish this.

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shake it out and get free!

A masterful explanation of trauma as a physiological problem and how to cure it. I found it to be a nice coupling with Trauma and Recovery by John Lewis. People say that The Body Keeps the Score is another key book on trauma too but I haven't read it yet. this text however, takes the powerful approach of trauma as being uniquely human as other Animas don't typically suffer the way that we do from life-threatening events, and asks the question why, and answers it too. Levine's perspective on trauma is powerful, intuitive, and sober, taking it out of the typical psychological framework, and putting it thru the lens of the body. I have combined this somatic approach with the psychological framework of Lewis and the energy healing of Thought Field Therapy to cull from the best of all worlds. Waking the Tiger stands alone as the most clear-eyed of all I've been exposed to. definitely a worthy listen.

also if you speed up the narration to 1.2 or so, it is more normal. it sounds as if the narrator read it slow so that you could speed it up. Don't let that stop you from listening to this book!

Last thing is the felt sense knowing exercises are the most lucid intro activities and that alone is worth the listen! Get to know your organism and it's voice!

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  • mr i mullins
  • 04-03-17

narration issues

The reader's voice caused me more trauma than the book healed.
Couldn't get through the book because the way the guy read it was unlistenable for me. Will buy a paper copy.

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  • J. Martin
  • 03-30-17

Shame about the narrator

Love Peter A Levine's work and was looking forward to this, unfortunately it's a great book ruined by truly awful narration.

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  • Miss T L Thurstan
  • 08-26-17

Awful narration

The narrator is dreadful, his voice is monotone and dull he ruins the fascinating content of this book with his appalling lack of intonation. I cannot listen to the end of the book because Chris Sorensen's voice is so utterly uninspiring and irritating.

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  • Sleavy
  • 01-24-17

Testing

I found this audio quite intellectually and conceptually testing at times... I know that to understand the deeper workings of the brain in relation to trauma this would be warranted however I feel this audio may suit the practitioner for education rather than ordinary laymen... The voice of the narrator is the worst on audio I've heard and thought at the start the tone and pronunciation he used a joke... However this was not the case... On the upside some very useful insights also

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  • Daisy
  • 03-21-19

The narrators voice makes the book unlistenable

A fantastic read, but not to listen to on audible, the narrators voice is not nice to listen too.

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  • Paul
  • 10-30-16

Fascinating

A great book that discusses trauma from a different perspective than that of main stream psychology. In doing so, we get to understand trauma from a more systems perspective in as much as trauma being a 'somatic' or body 'experience', rather than something broken into scientific perspectives alone (biology, psychology, neurology, endocrinology etc). In doing so we understand the need for treating individual experience as opposed to a statutory application of therapy or drugs.

An essential read for anyone wanting to know more about this fascinating subject.

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  • Hodo
  • 11-19-17

Narrators voice...

I love this book so thought I would get the audible version to listen to.
OMG the narrators voice makes it a painful experience. I actually can’t bear to hear it any further. It’s definitely a lesson to listen to the sample prior to purchase.

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  • Ms. EB
  • 03-21-17

Interesting content ruined by dire narration

What did you like most about Waking the Tiger?

As a counsellor I'm really interested in learning about trauma and how it impacts on an individual, therefore the content of this audible book is potentially interesting and informative.

BUT I found it near next to impossible to listen to because of the narrators whinging, US drawl, together with terrible and at times totally bored/disinterested intonation....

I would advise you to listen to the sample before you buy - but saying that I did that and I thought I could cope with it, but in reality I'm finding the accent/tone/intonation totally distracting which is a total shame.

I might have to resort to a Kindle version in order to focus better on the content.

How could the performance have been better?

Totally different narrator.

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

No that wouldn't be possible more so because of the appalling narration. But it's not really an 'all in one sitting' kind of book anyway.

Any additional comments?

A pdf accompaniment would have been helpful

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  • Mary Mercy
  • 02-16-20

Excellent introduction to somatic experiencing

Great discussion about the normality of the traumatic response with lots of excellent observations about how well meaning clinicians might inadvertently calcify the traumatic response. Key observations about the importance of not making victimisation part of ones identity; how focus on recall might interfere with the necessary processing; how human capacity to override bodily reactions might leave people stuck with trauma symptoms; guidance on how to enable renegotiation of traumatic response; lots of exercises to use oneself or with others to increase interoception and process trauma. Very accessible. Excellent

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  • Rayder
  • 02-20-20

Amazing book Don’t let the Voice comments put you off

Great book Don’t let the Voice comments put you off, if you are interested in learning about traumas this is the real deal

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-21-17

Awful to listen to

I think this book may be very interesting, but the reading was so appalling that it was difficult to listen to and understand.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-09-20

worst narrator ever

I love the works of Levine, but couldn't bare the tedious, slow drone of the narrator. I tried speeding the pace, but still dreadful. Unable to get passed chapter 3 as a result.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

I love audible I’ve never read so many books since I was introduced to audible.

Hi the content was very helpful as a counselor working with survivors of sexual assault. The hardest part to listening to this book was the voice of the narrator. A dreadful slow difficult to listen to for 10 hours. Thankfully I listened on anyway as the content was important for me. I was able to increase the speed which helped a little.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-20

amazing book, worst voice

I really love this book, and really want to share it with people, however, the narrator is traumatic to listen to itself, like nails on a chalkboard. I'd buy the book again if read by someone with a less abrasive voice. it's an important book, it's a shame

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  • Ulrike
  • 05-31-20

Stimme des Erzählers

Ich konnte mir dieses Buch nicht anhören, da die Stimme des Vorlesers einfach furchtbar ist.

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  • Ellie
  • 04-23-20

Great Explanation of Trauma

Loved it - lots of great info about trauma and how to integrate it. Narrator is not so great but sounded ok when played at 1.5 speed.

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  • Hannah Milward
  • 12-18-19

Struggling to finish...

I love the content and love the written version.. but (oh my god) the narrator's voice and tone.. I'm finding it absolutely unbearable.

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  • Byron J Joel
  • 10-23-19

Great book. Distracting narrator.

LOVED this book. Absolutely good content. But left wondering how an answering machine gets work as a narrator for emotional intelligence audiobooks?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-19

A must read

remarkable thankyou for filling in so many gaps very profound in the depth of insight

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  • S. Emami
  • 05-12-19

Recommended by my psychologist

This book was recommended by my psychologist, and it really helped me sense or understand some things out about my PTSD