• by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We have learned much about depression, but what about its opposite? Why hasn't the human emotion that lifts us, inspires us, drives us on, and makes life worth living been discussed and celebrated? In this outstanding book, best-selling author Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison explores exuberance in all its unrestrained, joyful energy, and shows how its unique vitality is essential to our existence. Jamison points to the contagiousness of laughter, excitement, and positive feelings, and how it plays a role in choosing a mate, in the giddiness of new love, music, and religious ecstasy. She also discusses our dangerous desire to simulate exuberance by using drugs or alcohol. Most of all, Jamison points to some of our most famous artists and scientists to show how they all share an exuberance for life that inspires their discoveries, drives, and the force to persevere even when it seems the odds are against them.


What the Critics Say

"She [Jamison] is that rare writer who can offer a kind of unified theory of science and art." (Washington Post)
"Fascinating...rich, trenchant and entertaining." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Dull mind numbing

Waste of book could have gotten some thing that I could listen to.
If you want to listen to a lot of stories about people she has met then get this book. If not stay very very far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had to stop it after 2 hours. Was putting me to sleep driveing down the road.
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- James

Overwrought by Exuberance

How could a book with this title be so unexuberant? It read like a 1950's television version of National Geographic. The book lacked focus starting off with the interesting relationship between Teddy Roosevelt and Jonathan Muir then went into the animal knigdom. The author went on, ad nauseum, about how playful animals are and I just could not listen any further.I heard an interview with Ms. Jamison on National Public Radio which was far more interesting than her book.
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- Dennis "I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape