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I probably would have bought the Kindle edition of this book, but one isn't available. I was very excited to get the material quickly, so I went for the audiobook. But, I ended up ordering the print version after listening to just a few chapters. The book is valuable, but it's a reference -- that's nearly impossible to use to "refer" to in audio form. Why this book did not come with a supplemental PDF, I have no idea.
But there's a couple other issue that made this book less than pleasant to listen to. First, the book is just jam-packed full of numbered lists (usually of things to do to help your brain) and long sections that describe various types of addicts. In print, you'd see numbers, bold, headings, indentations, etc to help you understand where you were within that material. Hearing this information read, it was very hard for me to keep an overview of where I was. It became really mind-numbing. Perhaps I will think twice next time, before purchasing this type of book in audio form.
Secondly, unfortunately this book is *extremely* repetitive. The information is valuable, but he repeats the same info over and over in every chapter! Perhaps he wrote it thinking people may flip straight to one chapter, and he wanted people to be able to just read that one chapter and get the info they need.
But if you listen to the whole book, it's frankly boring, and you wish he'd stop telling you the same things to do over and over. I started to feel like a lot of this book was actually filler. "Here's how to implement the same suggestions at home with your family." "Here's how to implement the same suggestions with your kids." "Here's how to implement the same suggestions at your workplace." "Here's how to implement the same suggestions in your own treatment program."
Here's how he could have organized the book better. He could have had a chapter on each brain type and the supplements and treatments specific to that type. Then you'd have ALL the info on that brain type together in one place, and he could have described the program for that brain type succinctly.
Instead, he made his program seem like MORE work than it actually is by the way he presented it. He repeated the same suggestions over and over throughout. He gave list after list of hundreds of "to dos" throughout the book. But most of them were the same from chapter to chapter. Not helpful psychologically - would have been so much better for him to just summarize all the steps in one place.
What I did like about the book was information on supplements (which should have been expanded into its own chapter!) and the 4-pronged approach they take towards addiction treatment of 6 types of addicts. Despite everything I said above, the book is great info. If you get it in print form, you'll avoid the annoyances of having to listen to it. Or, at least buy a cheap used copy to refer to.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This book was basically an infomercial for brain imaging. Very unhelpful unless you have the resources to have imaging, blood work and complete analytics of your body composition and there is no way to return it:( Waste of money
Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel G. Amen and David E. Smith again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The book detracted from the book
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Unchain Your Brain?
All of the scenes telling specific stories about peoples brain injuries. I am happy they found a cure by getting a brain scan but that is not beneficial to my recovery
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