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Unraveling trauma in the body, brain, and mind - a revolution in treatment.

In this culmination of his life's work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist, and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain, and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness, and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience, and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.

©2017 Peter A. Levine and Gabor Mate (P)2017 Penguin Random House

Critic Reviews

" In An Unspoken Voice uses the author's experiences as a clinician and a student of comparative brain research to explore the nature and impact of trauma on the body and brain.... Case study examples blend biology and body-oriented psychotherapy in a fine collection of insights highly recommended for college-level psychotherapy holdings." ( Midwest Book Review)
"With this book Peter Levine secures his position in the forefront of trauma healing, as theorist, practitioner, and teacher. All of us in the therapeutic community - physicians, psychologists, therapists, aspiring healers, interested laypeople - are ever so much richer for this summation of what he himself has learned." (Gabor Maté, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction)

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Excellent look at the impact of trauma

I was a bit skeptical about this book to start with but after having read it I can say it is one of the best books on Trauma that I have come across.

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Know thy body... know thyself.

I am no academic... and so tired of the multiple theories on ‘think better do better’ ideas or that ‘lie on a couch’ magically fixes the inner you. As for what I term “multiple dead men’s theories”, can’t all differ so much yet all be so renowned that closes me down from wanting to read on.

By comparison this I found brilliant, engaging me from the beginning through recounting his personal experience re his accident, responses, how different “first aiders” meaning well by their aura, words or actions either allowed him to feel comforted, or not.

Papers backed up not by theory alone, rather how a patient responded verbally, physically. How doing so in a safe space investigate their body reactions, emotions in relation to an event, situation. And likewise the reinforcement from Peters earlier accident, responses over the course of his healing.

Most importantly Man is part of the animal kingdom & thus under a variety of circumstances, often instinctively to what feels right to the individual at the time. This area I personally found intriguing. As too the body-mind connection, the role of emotion, awareness, consciousness, as too , rationale.

Personally I enjoyed the whole book, examples & self awareness exercises.

Additionally I enjoyed various theories. How they came about. How their protégés refined or diverted in another direction. Wished I had read this, rather than attending some of my lecturers drone on. Just goes to show, interest opens minds enabling curiosity to explore, even ones own challenging moments. Depending on approach.

A great treasure to refer in the future re exercises, reasons.

Anyone who wants to be more aware why they do the things they do.Certainly during lockdown. External turmoil, inner balance can be found through this read.

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Superb

The most hopeful and well-written book on PTSD and trauma I've read. So, so, so good.

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Valuable

The important knowledge given in this book is what will help us evolve to the next level of humanity. Understanding the function of our emotions gives us the courage to feel and heal. The vocabulary used will help you develop a friendship with search engines and provide an adult education.

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  • Jonathan B. Mclelland
  • 07-04-2018

Great book, poor performance

This is an important and helpful book. I recommend it highly for the contents. The narration of the audio book, however will be very distracting for anyone who cares much about words. He reader seems not to have been familiar with much of the author’s terminology, and the producers of the audiobook seem not to have wasted much energy editing the performance. It really is a disappointing flaw in an otherwise valuable book.

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  • Rachele J
  • 29-11-2018

Great content! Confusing narration.

I found the information in this book incredibly useful in my practice. I enjoy Peter Levine's approach and all of the insights into trauma.
My largest critique is of the narrating. I much prefer the books that Peter reads for himself. It adds great texture to the experience.
Ed is not a mental health professional, therefore made some confusing interpretations of the words "viscera" and "id" (from Freud's id, ego, super ego theory). Each time he made the mistake, I had to double take, rewind, and internally correct the mispronunciation so I could understand the content. I recommend a revision that corrects these mistakes. They are significant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2018

Great story. Needs a new narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ed Nash?

someone that can pronounce the words. He read to fast like he wasn't even reading the book. It was hard to listen to. Esp. every time he mispronounced Visera. It's almost on every other page and It was painful.

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

no

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  • Zozz
  • 25-10-2017

Ed Nash shouldn't be reading audio books

...and who ever directed this reading was out to lunch at the very least. What a mess!

Viscera. Say it: vis·cer·a, emphasis on the vis. This word is used almost every page in this book and he never figures out how to say it. And viscera is not the only bizarre mispronunciation.

Then there is punctuation. Mostly ignored. Headings? Just run them into the next sentence. Comas? Ignore or treat as periods.

I will never buy another book read by Ed. Ed need to find another line of work. He almost manages to ruin this otherwise brilliant book. There were a few sentences where he did so much creative pronunciation that I wasn't sure it was English.

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  • Joe
  • 27-03-2018

Excellent, in-depth

This work beautifully builds on Peter Levine’s book ‘waking the tiger’ with new insights and latest research. He provides an excellent review of our brain’s evolution and function and how we adapt and struggle with the effects of trauma as well as the stresses of disconnection in modern life. By trusting our body’s innate intelligence and guidance, we can come back to feeling whole again - there is hope for all sorts of trauma through working with the body. Very inspiring !

The audio version is challenging in places where the narrator struggles with medical and foreign words that are spoken can’t be recognized—it would be nice to fix that so the listener can understand the message.

Overall a great book!

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  • Victoria A Kaplan
  • 17-03-2019

Constant Mispronunciations a Distraction

The constant mispronunciation of words that are central to the subject addressed in this book was done to distraction!
It was blatantly careless on the part of the reader. Don’t these recordings get edited?

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  • Innate
  • 10-12-2017

Beyond Exceptional

I'm now reading every single book that Levine has published. The Body Keeps Score is still my favorite book of all time, but I think that Levine's books (at least those I've read so far) and absolutely incredible. These should be required reading for everyone.

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  • Liv
  • 20-12-2019

Going deep in understanding body and reactions

This book has an AMAZING content! It is powerful, deep, truthful, relatable. I will study this book over and over (in print, though).

The audio voice is awful! The reader is not connected with the content, he sounds soo superficial and like he doesn't understand what he is reading. He may work for other superficial books, not for this type of book. I literally listened to this book twice at least because even the way he was reading was so hard for me to understand mainly because it felt sooooooo disconnected and foreign. It was almost like re-traumatizing for me because I had to listen about 4 times to be able to get over the voice and just focus on the content. I was sooooo easily tuning out with this voice, and I had to repeat and repeat forever every chunk. Also, he makes no pauses and it hard when he is starting a new topic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2019

Dr. Levine's healing insight is long over due.

I have to praise Peter Levine for his insight of relating human trauma to other species. Obviously there would be a link; evolution can only build on structures already available. Add this to the understanding that the human body is a complex system within systems. That is, the body-mind relationship is just as important as knowing what a condition is or how to treat it. While this book does not read in an entertaining manner, it was not designed to do so. This is a learned man explaining a big discovery. I read and listened to it because I want to know more about a baffling, confusing, and scary "dis-ease". Now that we know what the condition is we can fix it. And that powerful message is shared by Mr. Levine. I will always be grateful to him for opening a gate to freedom.

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  • Elizabeth Rosales
  • 28-01-2020

Please school the narrator

Peter Levine’s book is a deep, exacting, and critical work for anyone in the healing professions seeking to understand the somatic relationship in guiding people as they heal from trauma. I strongly recommend reading this book!
However, Ed Nash, the narrator, is disappointing as the voice of this audio volume. We may choose to graciously forgive his mispronunciation of various medical and scientific words, but his repeated pronunciation of the word id as I.D. (as in “the ego and the I.D.”) was so grating as to cause me to clinch my ears.
If reading the paper addition is a possibility for you, I strongly recommend it.

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  • Mr Mukund Kanoria
  • 05-12-2018

Great book, bad narration

Narrator sounds like a robot. Book is good though, an excellent perspective on the neurophysiology of somatised emotion.

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  • 匿名
  • 29-08-2020

A must for anyone living in a human body

Great content, a seminal work in trauma healing. The delivery of the narrator is way too rushed, but this is easily fixed if you set the speed at 1.05.

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  • Claire Williams
  • 03-02-2020

Not easy to listen to, but interesting.

The reader reads at quite a pace and inflection isn't prevalent, he doesn't pause enough between sections, so you feel you're in for a listening marathon. The book needs very careful listening, and the car sticks are really interesting. I ended up buying the hard copy too and the language is easier to read yourself.
The exercises to release conflicted muscle remains are helpful and I'm slowly giving them a go.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2021

Every human needs this.

We are all traumatised by life. Not being a victim of it and learning to see our body as a vehicle for life, not who we are is key. This book is scientific, evidence based and usable by the average person too. I learnt so very much.

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  • Ms S Richardson
  • 15-05-2021

A good foundation

sometime pronunciation seemed inaccurate but might be American versions. However, has left me wanting to learn more so it's done it's job

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  • Mystic Wings
  • 17-01-2021

Enjoyable, Emotion stirring & Healing

I'm grateful to have encountered this book.
I especially liked the embodiment & awareness excercises towards the end.
Some parts are repetitive but not unpleasant.

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  • Elowyn
  • 12-10-2020

incredible

Wonderful book, full of insight, a must on any counsellor or mental health professionals shelf

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  • Tout en chantant
  • 28-02-2022

Ed Nash ruins it

The book is very interesting but Ed Nash’s narration is simply appalling. Like an automaton. And where did he learn to pronounce Qi Gong as QAI Gong? Viscera as viscEra? Oh lord!

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  • Stephen
  • 01-03-2022

Disappointed

Dense topic made even more unwieldy by the wòden narration. Should have purchased the physical book

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  • Heather Matuozzo
  • 10-02-2022

Such a mine of information...

This book is so interesting. It has made me aware of my body and I can use this with clients too. I have signed up for a masterclass by Peter too.

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