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Man's Search for Meaning Audiobook

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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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

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

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    K J Malone 08-21-15
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    "Better than I imagined"

    Have of course heard references to this book for ages, had always been curious

    Amazingly even handed, dispassionate about things would expect to be written about sensationally, well written, overall positive spin on a very negative experience, great approach to treatment in last section of book, compelling hypothesis well supported.

    Narrator amazingly well matched to emotional tone of content, significantly improved experience of the book

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    Billy Womack Tampa, Florida USA 08-12-15
    Billy Womack Tampa, Florida USA 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read with a Amazing story"

    Loved it.
    Great information and Amazing story behind it. It also gives you great in site of the pain so many have been through.

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    Vivek Dabhadkar 08-10-15
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    "masterful!"

    one of the best books I ever heard or read! worth 2nd read for sure!

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    Sean Estey Edmonton, AB, Canada 08-06-15
    Sean Estey Edmonton, AB, Canada 08-06-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Inspiring"

    If Viktor Frankl could find meaning in Auschwitz, what excuse do the rest of us have?

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    Mark 07-29-15
    Mark 07-29-15
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    "Great book. A must reward for anyone trying to find meaning in life."

    Victor's personal experience stand in stark contrast to a lot of "theoretical" writings on this subject. Definitely a book I will listen to again.

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    kathy 07-22-15
    kathy 07-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great content but narrator didn't do it for me"

    Loved the content but had a difficult time with the narration (if only I found the voice as engaging as the content.)

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    Derek Pasadena, CA, United States 07-21-15
    Derek Pasadena, CA, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life"

    Does a chronic disease or messed up life have you feeling like you're at the end of the line? Are you feeling like it's time to end your life? Reading/listening to this book may end your suffering. The author, Dr. Frankl, has insights on life that may change your perspective. He was a Jewish doctor in Austria when the Nazis invaded in 1938. He had the opportunity to get out of the country, but decided to stay with his family. That was the wrong choice as he ended up in concentration camps, but this little book was the result. It was/is one of the most compelling that I've ever read. Steven Covey, the self help guru, made mention of this book in the first pages of his bestseller, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." It changed him. His self help system was based largely on this book. I could go on, but I'll just say that I read this book when I was in a dark, hopeless place after my doctor told me that my 11 month treatment would have to be extended to 18 months. Perhaps that sounds like no big deal, but I was living on savings and it meant that I would run out of money before the end. Obviously, that had me feeling pretty low. This book changed my perception of my lot and perked me right up! I couldn't change my fate, but I could change the way I thought and dealt with it. Best wishes & I hope you read this!

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    Dr Strangelove Chicago, IL 07-17-15
    Dr Strangelove Chicago, IL 07-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book"

    Loved the reader and the story in the first half of the book really helped tie in the second half a content

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    shparks 07-17-15
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    "Wow great book I will be reading again"

    Short and sweet if you're looking for a book that tells you like it is read this book

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    Clay 07-05-15
    Clay 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing book"

    I will read it again for sure :)

    Live as if you are living for the 2nd time & had acted as wrongly the 1st time as you are about to act now -Viktor E Frankl

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    "not sentimental, nor indulgent, a remarkable Man"

    I enjoyed this book, the narrator gives a steady account of a horrible experience.

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  • Richard
    9/11/15
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    "Enlightening"

    Loved it. Well read Simon enjoyed the smooth connectivity of the various facets of logatheraphy which although a deeply scientific practice I, a layman found it stimulating and simply understandable. Too, Frankls' book gives an unprecedented insight to the total trauma of one's in such predicament, useful therefore in understanding the plight of one's in such a position today, that is long suffering struggles.

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  • Karen Croan
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    "Humbling"

    Was worried about reading this as thought it would be difficult & depressing, but anything but. Very objective & thoughtful, non judgemental, dispassionate, powerful & very honest. Amazing person. Respect!

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  • Wayne Flint
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    "Valuable insight into mindworks"

    Very insightful book that is a great addition to anyone interested in what makes any persons struggle worth persevering with. The driving forces that can help someone overcome grief, adversity, when all seems pointless.
    So good I ordered the book for someone I know, and as a reference point for some volunteer work I do. Top notch book.

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  • lee
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    "Great to give hope when lifes meaning is lost"

    Great help for those who suffer anxiety and depression. May give a mantra for life moving forward.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Mullan-Jensen
    4/23/15
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    "A succinct distillation of existential meaning"

    Inspirational and truly life-changing stories/psychological observations from a holocaust survivor. Still relevant today and would benefit anyone who has the slightest interest in existentialism or psychological science.

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  • Garyion
    Dublin, Ireland
    3/19/15
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    "Now is a good time to experience this book"

    This book should be read every year or two to put things into perspective.

    It's incredible as a story as well as describing the origins and practicality of Logo Therapy.

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  • Yas
    11/30/14
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    "eye opening and insightful"
    Would you listen to Man's Search for Meaning again? Why?

    Yes, I feel that on hearing it again it's probably one of those books that you take something newhich from each time. One'size perspective may change or simply may see something new.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Frankl teaches us to be hopeful


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Viktor Frankl as he teaches many life lessons here.


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

    I found that there are decent people in all walks of life and those who looked out for Frankl really moved me - it shows that there are people who make humanity beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest this should be recommended reading for all school kids learning about the world wars as it offers a different perspective and gives a lot of life lessons in this short book it really makes you think. I would also like to see a lot more adults reading it as it may lead to people respecting and caring for each other more.

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  • Di
    8/4/14
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    "Wonderful, moving and meaningful"

    What makes this book wonderful and very touching is the personal story of the author's own suffering during the Holocaust, and as a prisoner in Auschwitz. But somehow this book gives you the feeling that it is also personalized to you, like your own session of logotherpary. This is because it really makes you think about the meaning of life, and inevitably, you find yourself looking into your own experiences and feelings, in the past and present. Victor Frankl seems to have an incredibly humanistic approach to existential analysis, incredibly respectful to people's own beliefs and situations. I like the way he explains suffering, and the fact, that there is no measure to it, but one could find a meaning. I would definitely be reading further about logotherapy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immanuel
    Christchurch
    5/15/14
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    "Greatful for the insight and meaning"
    Any additional comments?

    An amazing teasure of a book. Was a thought provocking read with much applicable-ness to inner thoughts and feelings. It truely is a must for those looking / scolars of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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