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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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    Chastity 05-28-12
    Chastity 05-28-12
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    "Forever changed"
    If you could sum up Man's Search for Meaning in three words, what would they be?

    Three words that sum up Man's Search for Meaning are... REASON-FOR-LIVING


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

    Many moments of his memories about starvation and what starvation can reduce a man to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    William WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, United States 04-09-12
    William WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, United States 04-09-12
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    "The Most inspiring book I've ever read."
    Would you listen to Man's Search for Meaning again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    No.


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

    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


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    Jim Arlington, WA, United States 03-27-12
    Jim Arlington, WA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An Excellent Bridge to Understanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Man's Search for Meaning the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Understanding Frankl's background is key to understanding how he developed Logotherapy, and how it is effective in redirecting the human quest for purpose.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That meaning evolves from inward passion, and not from any material quest.


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    Mary United States 03-27-12
    Mary United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2013
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    "experienced in a whole new way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Rich Cascade, Montana, United States 03-23-12
    Rich Cascade, Montana, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Questions about why you are here-listen to this bo"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Actual perspective of someone brought down to the nakedness of existence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening line-why don't you commit suicide/


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    We all have meaning and we know it if asked to look at it in the right way.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 03-18-12
    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 03-18-12
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    "Inspiring and appalling - Never Forget"

    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.

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    Linda Hart 02-20-12
    Linda Hart 02-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Required Reading"

    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.

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    Ivan New York, NY, United States 02-13-12
    Ivan New York, NY, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Moving and important book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vivid description of his experiences in concentration camps and the peace and grace some people found their despite the horror.


    If you could give Man's Search for Meaning a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Peace in a time of war and horror


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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