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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melanie Thernstrom Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188543
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Both a personal meditation and an intellectual exploration, The Pain Chronicles illuminates and makes sense of the all-too-human experience of pain-and confronts with extraordinary grace and empathy its peculiar traits, its harrowing effects, and its various antidotes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 2/11/2014

    " For all its inadequacies, The Pain Chronicles remains fascinating and engaging. The best section of the book--about 2/3rds through--deals with pain perception across races, genders, etc. As a patient with a chronic illness, I found this book so helpful and clear about how pain shapes us and how we shape pain. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 2/10/2014

    " This is one of those books I think I SHOULD read because I will learn something important. I am struggling to get through it though and almost ready to give myself permission to put it away undone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan B | 2/3/2014

    " I'm loving this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery Irvine | 2/2/2014

    " Probably could've used some judicious editing, but extremely informative and comprehensive. Well-written, except for the profusion of exclamation marks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/18/2014

    " Very good book explaining one women's battle with pain, multiple doctors, prescriptions that worked, or didn't, or had even more serious long term affects than the pain itself. Doctors would thought of you as just another appointment, society that is not determined to research root cause, drug companies that prefer the status quo because money can be made on addicive pain meds. A book that gave me insight to what my daughter has been through, and very proud of how she came through it all, yet continues to struggle with long term side affects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/13/2014

    " A compelling investigation into the experience and interpretation of physical pain and the way western medical doctors confront it (or don't). Thernstrom's style is a bit precious but sometimes I like that and here it seemed to fit the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 1/10/2014

    " A great book for those who don't and do live with pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.D. | 1/4/2014

    " I am recommending this to all my PT friends. A great book that helps with understanding those in chronic pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Todd Hagen | 12/31/2013

    " While not a happy subject, I found this book extremely interesting. I definitely think it's worthwhile read for anyone who suffers from chronic pain or who loves someone living with chronic pain. The short chapters and the author's bits of her personal experience with pain made it very easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/21/2013

    " It took me forever to finish this book. I enjoyed the history of pain relief, etc., but I didn't connect with her personal story at all. It dragged for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 12/4/2013

    " Loved this so much. So many interesting things and thinky things. I need to buy my own copy, like, right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/28/2013

    " comprehensive, approachable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/20/2013

    " This book is not to be read for entertainment. Research based. Enlightening. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 12/10/2012

    " A sophisticated study of the history and treatment of chronic pain, as well as the story of the authors own struggles with chronic pain. A fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 10/8/2012

    " While not suffering from chronic pain, I find brain science to be interesting. This book didn't let me down - plenty of interesting info is given on treatments, placebos and nocebos. I already want to read a follow-up on many of the studies cited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karolinaantonia | 8/28/2012

    " Treat pain early and aggressively. Do your physical therapy exercises. All physicians should read this book, as well as anybody who has pain, or knows someone with chronic pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliza | 8/22/2012

    " Amazing mix of the science, history, religion, fact and fiction of pain as well as a memoir of living with chronic pain. Definitely something to own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krys | 7/23/2012

    " This is any interesting historical overview of pain and its perceptions. It is very interesting, and the author is a sufferer of chronic shoulder pain who was given an assignment to write about pain for a magazine. I felt empathy for the author in what she went through trying to get a diagnosis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericagoodkind | 5/10/2012

    " Comprehensive & profound. If the reader does not have chronic pain, the book might not be as insightful or interesting. But for those who have experience with this beast, The Pain Chronicles are certain to open up a great door to understanding of this difficult & confounding phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justinewest | 11/25/2011

    " Helpful and informative but had to skip through some boring parts on the history of pain. I liked the author's story and the chapters that explained the disease of chronic pain as well as the perception of pain and how one can conquer pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucinda | 9/26/2011

    " this is a well writtn review and memoir of the litersture, art, philosophy and science of pain, done in a non-whiny, kiterary style that pulls together many genre's of pain writings over the years of pain work. Well synthesized and clearly expressed without being self-indulgent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 4/20/2011

    " A sophisticated study of the history and treatment of chronic pain, as well as the story of the authors own struggles with chronic pain. A fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 4/1/2011

    " Probably could've used some judicious editing, but extremely informative and comprehensive. Well-written, except for the profusion of exclamation marks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nanci | 3/4/2011

    " I was looking for a book yo ejxplain and validate my own experiences with chronic, debilitating pain. Instead I found a book that was boring and painnful to work my way through. There was no rrason to work my way through so I simply gave up rather than work my way through and continue the pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/16/2011

    " A compelling investigation into the experience and interpretation of physical pain and the way western medical doctors confront it (or don't). Thernstrom's style is a bit precious but sometimes I like that and here it seemed to fit the topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ccdempsey | 1/10/2011

    " Well-written first-person account of chronic pain experience. Already knew about all the treatments described and research being done, so did not really learn anything new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caran-marie | 1/5/2011

    " Fabulous! If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic pain, this book is worth reading. The way pain has been viewed through the ages by doctors and by people going through it, is fascinating. As is, the current research and findings on pain. Amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karolinaantonia | 12/9/2010

    " Treat pain early and aggressively. Do your physical therapy exercises. All physicians should read this book, as well as anybody who has pain, or knows someone with chronic pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/9/2010

    " LOVED this book. So many parts that I had to reread because they had so much meaning to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.D. | 11/14/2010

    " I am recommending this to all my PT friends. A great book that helps with understanding those in chronic pain. "

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About the Author

Melanie Thernstrom is the author of the bestselling memoir The Dead Girl and Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder. She is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and has also written for the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of eight Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.