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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,660 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert M. Sapolsky Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781452681412
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Delightful voice pro Peter Berkrot keeps the action going with his skillful expression of the author's wry humor and nuanced intelligence. This and his sensitive way of interpreting Sapolsky's more surprising or important statements gives this lengthy audio the dramatic edge needed to make it endlessly fascinating. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/8/2014

    " The author does a great job explaining why chronic stress, and more importantly, our reactions to it causes the dramatic health outcomes that it does. Its well written in a language that anyone (even non-medical folks) can grasp without a feeling of "dumbing down" that lots of these types of books fall into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 2/7/2014

    " This was written by one of my college professors who spend half his time communing with apes. Hands down the most entertaining lecturer ever and it shows in the stories in this book. He talks about how stress literally does take a toll on our bodies in the form of heart disease, ulcers, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey Stafford | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting read...love the author's personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maral | 1/29/2014

    " Make sure you get the most current edition of this book as the older versions speculate about certain causes of diseases relating to stress and we now know, for instance, that some cancers are in fact caused by viruses. This is a very well written manual discussing the hormonal pathways within the body (of mice, men and monkeys)and how they are affected by various stressors (good and bad ones). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattie | 1/25/2014

    " Stress is not our friend. Science made easy and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/17/2014

    " A very detailed accounting of the science of stress with some humor throw in. I was fascinated by the details, but I could see how it might be a bit overwhelming to those not terribly familiar with human physiology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darci | 1/11/2014

    " This book helped me learn a lot about the results of stress, but nothing new about how to deal with stress. It has made me realize I need to pay more attention and make some changes in life, so for that I recommend it. Understanding the physical damage stress can do was a bit of a wake-up call. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin Porter | 1/6/2014

    " This will make you want to reduce the amount of stress in your life -- your body is at stake!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerson Duarte | 1/3/2014

    " A must-read if you like biology. Even those who don't will have some fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Long | 1/2/2014

    " A wonderful book about the origins of stress. Raises the question of whether the response mechanisms of our brains are a bit behind the times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yolanda Ruiz | 12/17/2013

    " A must read. Intesting and useful. About how estres change our body. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/10/2013

    " Great introduction to stress physiology, even for someone without a biology background "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 12/2/2013

    " I really enjoy his writing style. He does a great job of couching complex biological processes in every day occurances. Also, his humor provides a great relief from the intricate biology he is discussing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Gnidovec | 11/20/2013

    " I enjoy Sapolsky's lectures recorded for the Teaching Company ... this book covers a lot of the same ground. He comes across better verbally than in writing, there is a lot of reptitive technical-ize but this is still understandable by a lay person, and he breaks into great stories and examples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 9/29/2013

    " Great book for understanding how critical it is to learn to manage stress. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 7/31/2013

    " Interesting. I may return to this book at some point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 6/15/2013

    " Too dense to read in one shot. Will pick up again. Mostly biology and neurology material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/27/2013

    " Engagingly written, by an epidemiologist with a sense of humor, about stress: what it is, how it might impact health, and what we might be able to do about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clover | 5/22/2013

    " Very informative on stress and how stress works on the body from fetus to old age. I had to read this book for school but I am very glad I did and am passing this book on to all I meet for their health and sanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/23/2013

    " Enlightening and full of humor. Complex pathways of stress mechanisms are untangled and presented in a simple yet captivating way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 2/12/2013

    " Very good book. More details than most people probably want or need, but then again a lot of the information on studies of primates and mice provide a lot of insight into stress and stress responses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/1/2013

    " Awesome book. Tons of great information on glucocorticoids and how they affect health. Also some really cool information on how stress effects glucocorticoid release an what that means to our health. Highly recommended. "

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About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.