Frankl captures the world of the concentration camp with stunning vividness. As a psychiatrist he describes the madness of Auschwitz that could bring one to tears. He puts to shame the evil that is of the human condition. One is left in awe and disgust at what we have become and what we have the potential to become. This book is a must read for those who really want an insight into real suffering. After this book one is fortified, confident in the knowledge that no hell is worsse than what Frankl and others endured. One is awakened by coming to face with the potential evil that lives in us all - that which may be released in the set up of the concentration camp. This is about what Guantanamo Bay may have bordered on. As a fellow psychiatrist myself, I was able to walk with Frankl and be with him. I almost smelt and touched the scenes he described. His book is also a survival manual for the hopeless. Don't kill yourself - read this!!
This is the single most powerful book I have every read in my life, and I can attribute my strength people say they admire in me to the lessons this book taught me. This audiobook version is beautifully read, and clear, giving credit to the strong messages in Frankl's work . For some that cannot relate to the concepts this book will be interesting, but for other who can apply the messages of suffering and pain to one's own situation's, this book can be powerful.
This powerful book delivers life changing messages and a story that every person should know. The lessons are timeless and inspire, no require one to examine their own life. We are all fortunate that DR. Frankl survived the Holocaust and that he has given us a work that benefits us in such a profound way. I highly recommend this book.
The power of the written work is muted here. I actually read this book prior to listening, and I must say that the written work causes an introspection. It really is an amazing work, but somehow it didn't live up. The narrator was fine. Everything was fine. It just didn't work for me. Give it a try, and if you find it fails, read it.
I didn't take from this book what I thought I would. However, it was very interesting and a good story. I am so sorry that he and so many others had to endure this horrible situation. It was awful and very disturbing. Humanity never ceases to amaze me. You may take more from it from me. I think I was overwhelmed by the horrors that I couldn't grasp anything else.
For the thinker, philosopher and nurturer of souls...
This is my first review. I felt compelled to write something about this book...
I bought the book about half a year ago... and listened to it three times, back to back. Since then I have found myself still ruminating on what I listened to. What a great book... I highly recommend it to those who are seeking to "walk alongside" others.
Although the Holocaust was a terrible event, I am not apt to read about it more than I already have. For one, the focus is most often on the Jews rather than the other several million non-Jews who died in it and two, 'our side of it' never touches on the millions of Russians who lost their lives fighting the Germans. But this book is different. It touches everyone of those people and more. The focus is not necessarily on the "Jewish" side of the Holocaust or the "victor's side"; rather it delves into the minds of all those who suffered there, and all those who suffer anywhere. One thought that has stuck with me is this: Sometimes grown men would cry in their sleep from the nightmares they were having but I never woke them because no matter how bad their dream was, it was still better than the reality they would wake up to. Sometimes we think we have it bad, but bad is just as relative as good can be.
I first tried reading this when I was 19, I couldn't make it past the second chapter before losing interest. 10 years later, a little wiser and humbler, this book impacted me tremendously.
Deep perception and insight into the human condition woven together with Frankl's story of survival in the Nazi death camps make this book one of the most compelling tomes you will ever read. Time and time again Frankl's nuggets of wisdom have helped me through difficult moments.
Wife, Mother, 1965,
Thank you Mr. Frankl for sharing your innermost pain and shame using your expert literary, philological and theological talents. I am encouraged, strengthened and guided to higher plains through your transparency. Indebted.
A must read for those who want to stop thinking and analyzing the past to heal the future. After listening the horrible story and all of the things Mr. Frankl had to go through it just make u think and be grateful to be where you are and just start fixing it right away.
Thanks to this book I discover that there is logo-therapy which is not like psychoanalysis focused on analyzing the past just focused on the future.