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Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (40 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

What the critics say

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

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Annoying narration

I had a really hard time getting into this book, only because of the awful narration. The only reason I stuck with it, and got used to that voice, is because the information is so valuable.

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Bad choice of Narrator for such an important book

This is an amazing book. I am so moved but what I've learned about trauma and the content is invaluable. The narrator is horrible. For such a sensitive and extreme topic the voice of the narrator is kurt, sharp, robotic and inhuman. I was so committed to the content that I pressed through but it was very, very difficult to manage. Please re-record this book with a warmly voiced narrator who expresses the essence of the very sensitive material.

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Heal the emotional body!

Great information. The author drawls too much. Playing it at a faster speed made it alright.

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Terrible narrator voice - extremely irritating

The audiobook content itself is well worth buying, however, the narrator's voice pitch/timbre is very unpleasant, annoying and irritating to the extent that it is impossible to focus on the message of the book. I couldn't finish listening the book, that voice make me sick and needing to de-stress after each chapter that I managed to listen. Will get the book from the library and read it in emotional peace.

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Horrible listening quality

The narrators voice is so monotone it sounds like a computer is dictating the book. I found it so distracting and irritating that I had to stop listening to the book. I am sure the book worth the read, but do not make the mistake I did. Go buy an actual copy not the audio book! If I could return this to audible, I would!

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An important book read poorly

I was so excited to get this as an audiobook. The narration is painful to listen to, unfortunately which takes away from being able to focus on Levine’s work. Wish I had just boughten the actual print book instead.

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Grain of salt book

One needs to be cautious while listening as there are comments that are out in left field.

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Very important book

The content of this book is extremely important for everyone to understand ( not jut therapists). It gives us some very simple tools to recognize and work through trauma. That being said, the narrator of this audiobook is horrible. (Monotone and very hard to stay engaged). I had read this book several years ago and wanted to reread it, so I thought the audio version would be a great way to do that... It was a chore, but I listened anyways because of the importance of the content.

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Waking The Tiger is an awakening for oneself.

Informative, straight-forward explanations for a curious mind. A fascinating read the whole way through. A perfect book for anyone who is looking to have a great foundation of information for trauma related work with some methods to help process ones feelings.

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Excellent theory, boring writing

It is quite unique and a must reading for therapists but if there is a revised version or another book on the same contents I would advise to find an alternative. That being said, the narrator did a good job.

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  • madisun
  • 2016-10-30

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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  • blacklisted
  • 2016-11-27

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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  • Angie
  • 2017-05-16

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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  • ZOEY K ANDERSON
  • 2017-02-12

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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  • frankandbeans
  • 2017-04-22

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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  • Marian Morgan
  • 2017-03-22

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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  • Jason M. Ross
  • 2017-09-06

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
  • 2017-08-06

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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  • Katie J
  • 2018-02-13

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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  • iamtheprocess
  • 2017-01-17

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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