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Man's Search for Meaning | [Viktor E. Frankl]

Man's Search for Meaning

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.
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Publisher's Summary

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

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

What the Critics Say

"An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)

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    Julie United States 02-08-12
    Julie United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This book is life changing!"
    Any additional comments?

    This powerful story helps readers to find meaning in suffering and joy in everyday life.

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    J. Peterson 02-06-12
    J. Peterson 02-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Even more relevant today since I last read it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Still a powerful commentary on the condition of mankind. Thought provoking and challenging story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Man's Search for Meaning?

    The author's confrontation with the essence of being in the face of death everyday from the guards, the crematorium ovens and the treachery of fellow inmates.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Meaning in a world of nothingness.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book while working on my BA in psychology back in the seventies. Listening to this reading brought all of the power of this story to me again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 02-06-12
    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Can be read over and over"

    I enjoyed the first part very much. I think this will resonate differently to me when read or listened to it at different times in my life.

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    Peter Haifa, Israel 01-30-12
    Peter Haifa, Israel 01-30-12

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    "this book everyone should read"
    What made the experience of listening to Man's Search for Meaning the most enjoyable?

    It actually inspired me to invent one interesting idea. The story itself is very sad and very inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Man's Search for Meaning?

    The moment you understand, that purpose of life is search for the purpose and creation of the most suitable purpose for yourself is the key moment.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read several books about WW2 and I needed the confirmation of my thoughts about this matter. I got what I wanted. Because the testimony of this man is very real, very bright, you start to understand in more details what has really happened. It is good common denominator in reference to our current time, because this may happen again and now I feel prepared. I think everybody should be prepared for such or worse events in personal life. Illness, prison, death of relatives - all that is parts of life.


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    Jane Sandton, South Africa 01-24-12
    Jane Sandton, South Africa 01-24-12
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    "Wow - An Eye Opener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The audiobook is much more powerful than reading the book. The story is so humbling. I relooked at my life and what I saw as problems after listening to this. A POWERFUL read/listen.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice inflections, the powerful pauses, the human touch.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ignore this story at your peril


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    Javier HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-23-12
    Javier HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "superb story! a very complete book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think every person regardeless of his culture or literature interests should read the story of Victor Frankl. His inhumanly harsh experience with pain and degradation in the concentration camps led him to unveal the uttermost truths of human beign. In the most deprived possible context he discovered that without faith our soul ,and as a consequence, our body dies. Dr Frankl had insights that not only changed his life, but they can also change the reader's appreciation for his/her own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the explanation of the psychotherapy that was born out of the experience he had in the concentration camp: Logotherapy.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. I enjoyed his performance very much.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would teach people to value their freedom and their abundance of choice. The realization that the meaning of life can hide behind suffering. Finally, that the strogest power of the universe is hope, without it we are dead bodies carrying ourselves to an abyss.


    Any additional comments?

    My sister in law was diagnosed with breast cancer. She got this book as a present and she recommended me. Now, I understand why it fell on her hands. Every person that goes through tribultations such as an illness of this nature needs to re-examine and to re-evaluate his/her existence.

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    Amira Ryde, Australia 01-18-12
    Amira Ryde, Australia 01-18-12
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    "Brilliant - Real food for thought"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Man's Search for Meaning?

    The examples of the author helping people look at their lives differently so as to find meaning.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't.


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

    I was surprised. Even though it was written and publish quite some time ago it still would be relevant to our lives and circumstances today.


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    David United States 01-09-12
    David United States 01-09-12
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    "revisited old favorite"
    If you could sum up Man's Search for Meaning in three words, what would they be?

    Life altering


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mankinds ability to survive


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Sounded good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should find time to listen to this they will come away a better person

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Meridian, ID, United States 01-03-12
    Holly Meridian, ID, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pragmatic and insightful to unthinkable event!"
    What made the experience of listening to Man's Search for Meaning the most enjoyable?

    The depth and essence of what makes us human. Despite unthinkable horrors, Viktor was able to find love, beauty and truth during his experience as a concentration camp prisoner.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The stories of life after the concentration camp were especially compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance does an excellent job of narration, and this book was not an exception.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was a moving experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 01-03-12
    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    Excellent narration, and even better book. I LOVED the first half, albeit a little difficult to hear the graphic details of Viktor's concentration camps experience. It was moving, and a perfect setup for the second half of the book. I highly recommend this book.

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