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)
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.
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.
It actually inspired me to invent one interesting idea. The story itself is very sad and very inspirational.
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.
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.
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.
The voice inflections, the powerful pauses, the human touch.
Ignore this story at your peril
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.
I enjoyed the explanation of the psychotherapy that was born out of the experience he had in the concentration camp: Logotherapy.
No I have not. I enjoyed his performance very much.
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.
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.
I never read the print version.
The examples of the author helping people look at their lives differently so as to find meaning.
No I haven't.
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.
Mankinds ability to survive
Everyone should find time to listen to this they will come away a better person
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.
The stories of life after the concentration camp were especially compelling.
Simon Vance does an excellent job of narration, and this book was not an exception.
The entire book was a moving experience.
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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