The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk MD

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A pioneering researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing



  • I absolutely adored it! Found it to be absolutely incredible! The book was fantastic! Unfortunately, the epilogue was a letdown for me. It seemed as if the author felt the need to inject their personal political beliefs into a book that was largely objective. They should have focused on their strength of providing clinical evidence and research-based facts. I felt extremely let down that after such an amazing book, I was left with mere opinions and political perspectives. What a disappointment. In fact, it left me feeling quite furious. As someone who has experienced the loss of a child to cancer, the author's comment about more children dying from guns than cancer has no relevance to the book's overall context. It was sudden and unrelated to the topic at hand. I suppose it was their moment in the spotlight, so why not make it political? The entire final section felt completely unnecessary.
  • This book is a treasure trove of well-documented research and effective approaches. If you've experienced any form of trauma, which is common for many of us, this could be a life-changing resource. If the stories are too challenging to confront, you can begin with the treatments and then gradually explore the narratives. Personally, I am eager to experiment with some of these techniques. Many thanks!
  • There were an overwhelming amount of intricate details about various traumas without any warning signs. It was difficult to digest at certain moments and the author could have opted for subtle hints about the nature of the trauma instead of explicitly describing the experiences. It did not leave me with a sense of upliftment. However, I appreciated the abundance of valuable insights on different therapeutic approaches and the impact of trauma on the brain.
  • The information provided was valuable, although it came across as slightly one-sided. It felt as if the book could be split into two distinct parts. The initial half was excellent, but in the latter half, there were moments when it seemed to veer into personal opinions.
  • The book primarily focuses on the author's observations of individuals who have experienced mental trauma. However, I found the graphic descriptions of animal testing to be unnecessary and quite upsetting, as it served as a significant trigger for me. Personally, I believe that those who conduct animal testing should experience similar tests themselves. If you are someone who has experienced trauma, I would recommend having your therapist obtain a copy of this book rather than acquiring it for yourself. As I continue listening, I may revise my rating, as I feel that I paid an excessive amount for this audiobook.
  • The entire focus of the book revolves around the author's personal experiences and achievements, as if he is completely absorbed by them. This excessive self-regard makes it difficult to gain any valuable insights from this book. It's best to avoid investing your time in it.
  • I couldn't make it past a few chapters of this book. While I acknowledge its potential to offer insights into trauma and its healing process, the neuroscience presented in the book was a mix of accurate information and blatant falsehoods. Terms like "reptile brain" and "mammal brain" were used in a manner that was not scientifically sound. Additionally, the author's portrayal of the "left brain" and "right brain" was misleading. As someone who studies the human brain, this felt like reading a book about the Revolutionary War and encountering a statement like, "George Washington migrated from Eastern Europe and became the king of the British Colonies." I'm not exaggerating. Even if other parts of the book are factually correct (although there were other problems as well), the initial misinformation about neuroscience was disconcerting. It's challenging to place trust in a book that presents such glaringly incorrect information in this field.
  • I've always been a big fan of this book by Bessel van der Kolk, and now I'm really happy to have it in audio form. The narrator did an amazing job, and I'm really hopeful that this audiobook will reach a wider audience of open-minded individuals.
  • I share the sentiment expressed in other reviews. The book contains numerous case studies, but I struggled to find practical applications for my own life. I initially approached the book with the expectation of gaining insights on how the body retains and processes past traumas, yet the author did not provide concrete guidance on how to release these stored traumas, apart from suggesting the exploration of various therapeutic approaches. It is possible that the book primarily targets therapists. Unfortunately, I did not come across any valuable takeaways, except for the introduction to the concept of neurofeedback, which was new to me.