Man's Search for Meaning is more than a story of Viktor E. Frankl's triumph: it is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and an introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day.
©1959, 1962, 1984 Viktor E. Frankl; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
"An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)
There's something to be said about there being gems to be found in any given situation, in the case of this book, I must say I've stumbled upon a treasure chest. Not only has this opened my mind regards to the human psyche, but allowed me to better understand myself and the way I interact with the world around me. The will to meaning, our innate desire to find and ascribe meaning to our life, and the psychology, as well as, dare I say, the philosophy behind such an understanding of man, will not only mold and shape the way you perceive others, but the way you perceive yourself. Please, do yourself a favor, and open yourself the knowledge being given in this book, you surely won't regret it!
It's not that Viktor Frankl invented logotherapy so much as the fact that in his own suffering discovered a universal truth that man is a free agent; that he and he alone has the power to decide how to respond to all the suffering the world can possibly heap upon him. This truth is an eternal truth and when a human being can tap into that truth that person then obtains hope to overcome all challenges.
The simplicity of his message - to seek and find meaning in your experience.
His eyewitness credibility.
Simon is always good at narration
One of the very few books I listened to more than once - and will probably repeat. It's that good.
This book should be prescribed for depressed patients to supplement their therapy! Frankl vividly helps the reader navigate his concept of logotherapy through the lens of concentration camp victims.
If you aren't familiar with Man's Search for Meaning , you have missed one of the best books ever written. You will not put it down. You will stay up all night to finish it. Yes it's that good and that short. Cannot be recommended too highly. A triumph of the human spirit.
Great story and a great narration. Very intriguing thought left me spell bound about the life am blessed with.
The world would simply be a different and much better place if everybody listened to this audiobook.
The performance is so well adjusted with the tonality and the pauses that Im convinced it's more powerful than reading the book itself.
This book gives me hope, hope that I can find more direction in my life and the meaning that will sustain me through it. It gives some tools to finding that meaning but the work falls to us to find the meaning and follow it.
"Throw out your self-help books!"
This is an utterly remarkable book for so many reasons. What strikes me most about it is how it really gives meaning to the idea that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. What I mean by this is the following: the book is not great psychology, nor great philosophy nor even great narrative. And yet, as a whole I would call it a great book. Why? Because it makes a definitive impact. I cannot say that I walked away from this book unchanged. I suppose it is Viktor Frankl himself who makes all the difference -- in him you find a truly humane, humble and ultimately wise human being. I was truly impressed to hear him quoting Nietzsche while in a concentration camp; this at a time when Nietzsche's work had been distorted and used to promote anti-semitism by the Nazis. One warning though -- his existentialist philosophy is outdated and really needs to be complemented by a contemporary understanding of human nature.
"Potentially life changing..."
So, we all know about the Holocaust, yet this book is a bit different - told with such "tragic optimism" that the message is not moral outrage or repulsion, but of meaning in the midst of unimaginable degradation. The "why" that makes the "how" of suffering bearable. Frankle quotes Nietzsche throughout.
The most moving passages for me were his imagined conversations with his wife, (who probably by that time was dead), which nonetheless gave him the purpose for continuing to live, and the glimpses of Nature, such as sunsets, raw in beauty, beyond the barbed wire.
His message is simple - it is in loving the people we love and in the struggle that our lives demand of us, that we find meaning that transcends the mere pleasure principle. Our own "ontic logos" is individually uncovered, not found through intellectual introspection on "THE meaning of life" (which is a nonsense and which usually just leads to neurosis).
Frankle highlights the contemporary consumerist "tyranny of happiness", which is endemic in the West, so that many patients feel not just unhappy, but deeply ashamed of their unhappiness.
Existentialism is not popular in the zeitgeist, but I think we can learn much from that generation who lived through the War, and the Holocaust, and developed such philosophies of coping with terrible hardship and suffering. By contrast, we can be very superficial, and self centred, and it left me considering what issues I cared about enough to take action on. Would I regret not doing so otherwise? Yes, probably - as an opportunity wasted!
This is a humane, inspiring, potentially life changing book; well narrated, subtle, profound and unpretentious. It deserves the highest rating.
"very wise movie"
loved the book. it is amazing and humbling to listen about such extreme life experiences, above all puts one's problems into context and gives an impulse to say yes to life!
"Grippong story and an in depth review at the end"
The story of Victors hardships was compelling and I found myself unable to stop listening until the end.
The analysis at the end is a little hard to get you're head around but still worth hearing
"Very good. Interesting, moving and well produced"
This is a very good audio book. The story is very interesting, moving and thought provoking and the narration matches it perfectly.
I recommend this. The only change I would make is that the narrator when reading dialogue assumes a mock Jewish / German accent which isn't a big deal but to my ear sounded strange.
I'll definitely be listening to this multiple times.
"A book that should be on prescription"
Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, I have enjoyed his readings before. If you have anxiety or depression, I think this should be on the NHS prescription list. It is uplifting and helps you challenge your thoughts (not in the sense of 'oh it could be worse' but it in a much more positive way of finding ways to value what you have in its own right and to see the beauty in things.)
I thought the most moving part was the comments on the death of loved ones and how to cope.
I most enjoyed Frankl's musings on how prisoners coped after they were liberated. My only criticism of the entire book is that I would have liked it if this was more in depth.
I listened to this over two days, I personally found it a bit much to listen to in one day, I had to take a break but it is very addictive.
Super enjoyable, a privilege to listen to his story.
The simple, yet profound thoughts of the Holocaust prisoner in his prison describe so well the feelings and emotions of anyone who suffers a trauma and becomes a prisoner of circumstance.
The book progresses into an education in self help and a brief instruction in how to deal with life with a mere change in perception.
There is not enough that I could say about the book. I will read it again.
I would recommend this to anyone who is experiencing difficulty in life as well as those who have no current problems but it will arm them for future conflict.
This book requires total attention without interruption in order to absorb the wisdom of Frankl's words.
Highly recommended. Great depth, sincerity and intelligence. Well read. I found this quite life changing.
"The great book!"
The great book! It cannot be listened to without comprehensive attention and understanding each word. Every single word, every phrase is meaningful and gives a new way of living!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. Both parts, the autobiography, and the introduction to Frankl's logotherapy, gave me much to think about. I will be buying this in print also, having now listened to the audio. It's that good.
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