Trauma and Recovery

  • by Judith Lewis Herman
  • Narrated by Jo Anna Perrin
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Judith Lewis Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.
Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.

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What the Critics Say

"Herman links the public traumas of society to those of domestic life in this provocative work of psychiatric theory." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Excellent book; poor performance

Where does Trauma and Recovery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Before retirement, I spent almost 30 years


Who was your favorite character and why?

Excellent non-fiction. The quotations from trauma survivors, famous writers (e.g., ), and professional clinicians and researchers e.g., Bessel Van der Kolk) definitely increased the value of this book.


Would you be willing to try another one of Jo Anna Perrin’s performances?

No. Not ever.


Any additional comments?

Please have this excellent book re-recorded.

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- Pam

dense and important

Where does Trauma and Recovery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in a different category from recreational reading. It's not meant to be "light reading" but more of a textbook of some density.


What did you like best about this story?

this is less of a story and more of an instruction manual to set the historical context of our understanding of trauma and how we apply this learning


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I had no problems with the narration. Frankly, too much animation and inflection would have seemed contrived. This isn't a topic that warrants "theatre". Those of us working in the field of trauma care get enough DRAMA; we don't need it manufactured for us.


Any additional comments?

I serve survivors of domestic human trafficking in a long-term residential setting. For this population, mostly dealing with complex trauma, this is a vital sourcebook.

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- J.Allert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio