Go Wild

  • by John J. Ratey, Richard Manning, David Perlmutter (foreword)
  • Narrated by Dan Woren
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.
In Go Wild, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness, and more, Go Wild examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and Go Wild will show you how.

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What the Critics Say

"A brilliantly creative synthesis of research and theory offering up a practical, playful, yet profound answer to that most basic question: how to live." - Edward Hallowell, MD, author of Shine: Using Brain Science to Bring Out the Best in Your People"A clear, sustained, fast-paced, utterly persuasive argument that much of our current distress and disease is the product of how the activities of regimented modern life estrange us from our biological needs, literally making us ill. It's also about how to live to avoid this distress. Filled with fascinating details, and the palpable joy of the authors who have found a way to break free from these restrictions, it's also inspiring and will influence many to change the way they live for the better." - Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself"SPARK is just what we need--a thoughtful, interesting, scientific treatise on the powerful and positive impact of exercise on the brain. In mental health, exercise is a growth stock and Ratey is our best broker."--Ken Duckworth, MD, Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness"Spark is mercifully short on Ivy League med-school-speak. And it may just spell the end of all dumb-jock jokes." --Abe Streep, Outside"The mission accomplished by this wonderfully empowering book is nothing short of revolutionary." - from the foreword by David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain"At last a book that explains to me why I feel so much better if I run in the morning!" - Dr. Susan M. Love, Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book"If your goal is to live a long and healhy life to the fullest, then Spark should be required reading." - Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, "The Father of Aerobics""Ratey has culled the latest science and found that a regular workout can help build a better, faster brain." - USA TODAYPRAISE FOR SPARK

"A real turning point that explains something I've been trying to figure out for years, having experienced symptoms of both ADHD and mild depression. Exercise is not simply necessary; as Dr. Ratey clearly shows, it's medicine." - Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France"Essential reading for anyone interested in unleashing the true power of human nature." - Tyler Graham, author of The Happiness Diet"An exciting read! A fascinating investigation into the power of evolutionary forces in our lives. Illuminating, penetrating, and immensely practical." - Jim Loehr, cofounder of Human Performance Institute and coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement

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Great listen

Where does Go Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best I've listened to.


What other book might you compare Go Wild to, and why?

A nice update to Spark by John Ratey including some other elements for a balanced approach to life.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The idea of training in groups opposed to alone was a bit of a realisation for me as I tend to do most of my training alone which does lead to training becoming a chore even though I love it.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Makes you ponder your current state of affairs.


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- KarlK

Incredible ideas on how to align your life with evolutionary principles

Fascinating facts about the human body and how to optimize your modern life so that it is more in line with the evolutionary design (for lack of a better word). Even though I am not a paleo zealot - far from it - I knew most of it about the nutrition from other like-minded sources. This book was particularly helpful in terms of the information on sleep and biofilia - the love of nature, wilderness that is biologically encoded in all of us. It's going to make a lasting and profound impression on my life, and I highly recommend this thoroughly enjoyable book.
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- Tanya K.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio