Book Review: “Healing at the Speed of Sound” by Don Campbell and Alex Doman

by | Jan 17, 2018 | Mindset, Reviews

Healing at the Speed of Sound by Don Campbell and Alex Doman book coverTitle: Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives
By Author: Don Campbell and Alex Doman
Publisher: Hudson Street Press

Available through Amazon in hardback and paperback editions. You can find it at other online and offline booksellers, as well.

Summary of Healing at the Speed of Sound

A sparrow chirps outside your window. Construction noises filter in through your office window. A river rushes beside the path you walk each morning. Your teenager blasts her stereo in her room. Your cat purrs contentment as you pet him on your lap. Your spouse snores at night.

Regardless of our awareness of the sound that enfolds our world, we are physiologically affected by it. And the authors of Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives have not only the scientific evidence to prove it but advice on how to use it to our advantage.

What I liked about Healing at the Speed of Sound

A really cool feature of this book is its invitation to engage with the information outside the confines of the pages. The authors created pages on their website with complementary audio downloads and videos. Throughout the book, readers are given a link to a page that is particularly relevant and adds value, to what they have just read.

The book is organized into logical sections, covering the times of day, as well as sound’s effect on early development, education, health, society, the aging process, and more. This makes it easy to refer back to the book when you want to remember something you read the first time through. It also empowers you to read only those sections that are of particular interest to you.

Campbell and Doman do an excellent job of providing you with solid scientific evidence in easy-to-understand terms. In addition, they take that information and provide you with suggestions on how to apply it in your life, neighborhood, and society.

There is also an appendix that lists organizations that can help you find out even more information about sound and music and how they affect the mind, body, and spirit.

What I didn’t like about Healing at the Speed of Sound

I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like. The book is well written, well organized and points you in the right direction for learning more.


Healing at the Speed of Sound is an excellent resource for parents, parents-to-be, and educators. The book provides concrete, applicable advice that can help us all raise a better adjusted next generation.

Even if you don’t interact with children in your life, much of the information and advice in this book can help you live an improved, more peaceful life. It gives suggestions for creating a “soundtrack for life,” helping you make conscious choices about what you listen to when you want to learn, relax, pump up or wind down.

Healing at the Speed of Sound is so packed with useful information for daily life, it will most likely become a dog-eared, highlighted, notation-covered addition to your library — and a reference you’ll want to share with your family and friends.


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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.


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