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)
Three words that sum up Man's Search for Meaning are... REASON-FOR-LIVING
Many moments of his memories about starvation and what starvation can reduce a man to.
I suppose I do not consider this book one in which there could possibly be a "favorite" scene. If I had to pick, then the only possible one would be when the prisoners became free.
A moment that frequently comes to mind for me is when Viktor, as a doctor,(not a war camp prisoner) speaks to a man that has made an appointment with him for help dealing with the grief of losing his wife. Dr. Frankl says a few life changing words to the man, the man "gets it" , thanks the Doctor and leaves. He is only there for a few minutes and his life changes for the good in a moment simply realizing the reason for which he still lives.
This book is profound and can change your view of existance in a moment. That moment may be different for each individual, however I do believe it has the ability to change anyone who dares to read it to some degree or another.
Starvation alone is incomprehensible to the average modern man. This book has shown me how rich I am and how little I have to complain about. I am forever changed.
I am my on my third time listening to it as I imagine other listener's may have experienced that when listening to Audio Books you sometime fall asleep and don't put a bookmark. I don't care as I'm 62 and I've read the book at least 5 times in paperback during my life and hearing it spoken is so awesome I don't consider it a problem.
Dr. Frankl. Why? If I ever feel depressed I think to myself is my problem worse than being in Auschwitz? Where Vicktor Frankl not only survived but found that by giving meaning in to life he could get through the two year's he spent there.
Definitely but 4 and a half hours is a long time. As the book always has calming effect on me I tend to fall asleep. But then
The reader did an excellent job portraying Viktor Fankl, and brought impact to the earlier biographical portion of the book. Between the reading and the content, I was motivated to purchase the paper version for further study.
Understanding Frankl's background is key to understanding how he developed Logotherapy, and how it is effective in redirecting the human quest for purpose.
That meaning evolves from inward passion, and not from any material quest.
Listening to Simon Vance's lovely voice speaking Viktor Frankl's moving words brought my appreciation to a new level. I have read this incredible account several times, but listening to the message allowed me to experience it in a profound way.
I have not read the printed version.
Actual perspective of someone brought down to the nakedness of existence.
The opening line-why don't you commit suicide/
We all have meaning and we know it if asked to look at it in the right way.
A look at life and why exist from a person who was brought down to nothing yet saw the meaning of life and the reason to exist and continue to exist even so.
When insights like this are brought to you by someone who, no doubt, has had it far worse than you, it rivets you and causes you to see: 1) Your problems and life are nothing like what he has seen and lived 2) You are here for a reason and there is meaning to your life and you already know it - you just need to articulate it and 3) Live your life with recognized meaning.
As with any story of survival I am inspired. However, in addition to recounting his experience in the concentration camps, Viktor Frankl expounds on his unique psychological technique. Of course this is a fascinating and terrifying read but he provides an insight into his experiences that really must be read firsthand to truly be appreciated.
Man's Search for Reading is an amazing look into the soul of a man stripped of every worldly possession and relationship. It is a must read for anyone exploring the spirituality of our purpose in the universe.
I did not read the print version
The vivid description of his experiences in concentration camps and the peace and grace some people found their despite the horror.
Peace in a time of war and horror
Still a powerful commentary on the condition of mankind. Thought provoking and challenging story.
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.
Meaning in a world of nothingness.
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.
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