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    Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.

    As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear - and the ones that plague us now - are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way - through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick. Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

    ©2004 Robert M. Sapolsky (P)2012 Tantor

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 15/12/2014

    The narrator is awful

    What did you like best about Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers? What did you like least?

    I love Robert Sapolsky and his research, but the narration of this book... I don't know, may be it would be appropriate in some provincial drama theater, but for an audiobook it's completely inappropriate. the narrator's voice rises and falls in volume 5 times per sentence, sometimes in the middle of the word, and as a result some words are too loud and the very next word you have to strain your hearing to understand. If you are driving, the quieter words are completely lost in the road noise, and you have to reconstruct them from the context. All that makes listening very stressful, which is very ironic considering the content. Someone needs to explain to the narrators like this that cheap drama belongs somewhere else, and in an audiobook that is frequently being listened to in places where there's a lot of ambient noise shouting one word and whispering another is not a good idea.

    How could the performance have been better?

    See above regarding the narration.

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    • bracken
    • 20/12/2013

    Excellent and informative

    This book was so good I got it in print. The print version has visuals that I missed in the audio version. The book isn't quite as good as his series of lectures- which I highly recommend. The lectures are a bit more personal and interesting. Also, this narrator's voice was a bit annoying. Sapolsky's own voice is much better. I would suggest you buy the lectures (search Sapolsky on audible) and get this book in print (third edition).

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    • Wise & Careful Shopper
    • 29/06/2013

    Fabulous Book / LOUSY Reader

    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Exaggerated emphasis, stagey inflection. Berkot's rollar coaster reading is highly distracting, injects ambiguity as to the meaning of some sentences and ruins the enjoyment of the text. Half David Biencouli, half 1950's William Shatner-- NOT an appropriate voice for scientific material.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not if Peter Berkot were narrating it. I've already purchased a documentary, based on Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, and Sapolsky is a far better better, more engaging interpreter of his work than Berkot.

    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, this is a prime example of a wonderful book ruined by a bad reading.I had read this book years ago, love the author, had heard Sapolsk lecture in person, and was really looking forward to what I thought would be a fun review of great material. But Peter Berkot's reading of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers wrecked my happy anticipation. Many scientific and historical authors make the rounds on TV talk shows or radio interview programs, giving their audience the opportunity to hear them read and/or discuss their manuscript in their own voice. Not all are scintillating lecturers, but they have an engaging enthusiasm for the material which sustains the audience, and which no grade C actor or professional reader ever manages to capture. Whether or not the author is "professional" in reading their material aloud, matters less than hearing the author's own intended inflection, emphasis and enthusiasm. A stagey reading by a professional reader, destroys the mood and introduces ambiguity, causing uncertainty as to the author's meaning in some cases.

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    • Kenneth Harvey
    • 11/01/2016

    Should have gotten the abridged version.

    Narrator's voice was a bit grating, and most of the content was like a research paper until the end. Nevertheless, the overall message and leanings were good.

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    • CHET YARBROUGH
    • 14/06/2014

    STRESS

    Robert Sapolsky explains stress is related to the presence of glucocorticoids (steroid hormones) in the body. However, the meaning of “presence” is like the fable of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Like Goldilocks’ entrance into the bears’ house, glucocorticoids in the body can either be too much or too little. Glucocorticoid presence in the body must be just right to be good for humans. Being just right is dependent on the cause of stress, quantity of glucocorticoid hormones, and the effect of glucocorticoid presence in the body.

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    • ANDRÉ
    • 05/10/2013

    A great pick!

    I bought this book in an audible promotion- 3 books with 2 credits. And I am glad I did it. I loved Robert Sapolsky's style, his extensive research and the way he puts it into words and stories. I listened to it as a doctor and, wow!, there were many things I did not know about stress... The reading is easy, and very entertaining. Great book!

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    • Erica
    • 01/07/2013

    Ack! Now I'm stressed about how stressed I am!

    No, really, this book was extremely well narrated and very interesting. Makes what could be boring medical stuff fun to listen to. Some of us handle the stressors in our modern lives better than others and the author does give tips in the last chapter on how these people do it.

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    • gil benmoshe
    • 24/01/2018

    spectacular! a must read for all primates and cetaceans. this is a thorough and entertaining review of the biology of stress. this book helps me understand and accept my neuroticism, and doesn't help to grow out of it. which I probably wouldn't want anyway. Sapolsky is a brilliant scientist and a literary genius. this is an incredibly enjoyable book even for none-biologists

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    • Patrick Traynor
    • 11/01/2018

    the anatomy and physiology of human stress

    The author provides a highly detailed and factual account of the stress response in humans. He leaves no stone uncovered all the way from how stress affects memory and physiology such as diabetes heart disease and even cancer, and Anatomy such as decreasing the size of part of the brain related to memory, the hippocampus. he even covers how stress can be predisposed in humans all the way down to their prenatal existence. He provides compelling research-based evidence for all of his claims. although a strong biological background would certainly help, a careful reading of this book can be practical for everyone

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    • Dave
    • 14/06/2015

    Not relevant for a non-scientist

    Sapolsky spends over 90% of the book describing the physiological impact of stress on various systems of the body and almost none on the means by which to control the stress response. I would have preferred the inverse. Perhaps I am not in the intended audience but I would not recommend this for someone looking for solutions but certainly would for someone looking for more information about the problem.

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    • J. Seitz
    • 05/01/2016

    Sound Quality is awful

    Even though the book itself is very good I cannot recommend this recording. The speaker is barely comprehensible.

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    • D.S.
    • 05/06/2016

    A great book by great author

    A popular science book which is simultaneously very scientific and entertaining. The narrator did a great job.