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Man's Search for Meaning Audiobook

Man's 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

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

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    Kacy Austin, Texas 11-30-06
    Kacy Austin, Texas 11-30-06 Member Since 2015
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    "A life-changing read"

    A life-changing read. I you can open up your mind enough, the book will make you think differently. It has helped me see life through very different eyes. It has helped me to truly count my blessings and feel entirely grateful for every aspect of my life; both good and bad.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-17-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-17-14

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Meaning IS happiness."

    “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how".”
    - Viktor E Frankl

    I read an interesting article in the NYTImes a couple weeks ago that lead me to finally pick this book up. Actually, a couple good articles. The first was titled 'Love People, Not Pleasure' and it was about how "this search for fame, the lust for material things and the objectification of others — that is, the cycle of grasping and craving — follows a formula that is elegant, simple and deadly: Love things, use people." The author uses an inversion of this formula that DOES lead to happiness: Use things, Love People (also quoted by Spencer W. Kimball). This article + another recent one from the Atlantic titled 'There's More to Life Than Being Happy' made it clearly evident to me that I needed to finally dust of my yellowed, Goodwill copy of Man's Search for Meaning, plug in my earbuds and experience this book that the Universe clearly wanted me to read this week.

    So, imagine a renowned Jewish therapist writes in 1946 (in 9 days) about his experiences at and survival in Auschwitz, and then adds his own psychotherapeutic method (Logotherapy), finding happiness by finding a meaning, a responsibility, a love, and ultimately self-determining. Perhaps it is a consequence of Frankl's work surrounding me in other writings, in popular psychotherapy, in various internet Memes and articles OR perhaps it is just a consequence of my own resilience to my own suffering that this book wasn't much of a revelation. I was like ... yup, makes a lot of sense. Good job. I think it is a great book for what it is. I just don't always get super-excited by self-help psychology books. This one is on the better end of the bell curve for this type, but I guess my problem is with the type. Other than that (minus 1-star for my type bias) it was a great book.

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    K J Malone 08-21-15
    K J Malone 08-21-15 Member Since 2014
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    vivida05 08-10-15
    vivida05 08-10-15
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    "masterful!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 07-22-15
    kathy 07-22-15
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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.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Pasadena, CA, United States 07-21-15
    Derek Pasadena, CA, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2016

    1123 down, Millions To Go!

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Strangelove Chicago, IL 07-17-15
    Dr Strangelove Chicago, IL 07-17-15 Member Since 2016
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Garyion
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Immanuel
    Christchurch
    5/15/14
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    "Greatful for the insight and meaning"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
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    3/3/11
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    "Dynamite"

    if you do not know what is in this book - you know nothing.

    In some ways this is too much to hear - uncomfortable listening - but I will keep listening

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • smtip
    5/15/15
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    "very wise movie"

    loved the book. it is amazing and humbling to listen about such extreme life experiences, above all puts one's problems into context and gives an impulse to say yes to life!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Anthony
    4/30/15
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    "Grippong story and an in depth review at the end"

    The story of Victors hardships was compelling and I found myself unable to stop listening until the end.

    The analysis at the end is a little hard to get you're head around but still worth hearing

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Flopadoo
    6/27/13
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    "Very good. Interesting, moving and well produced"

    This is a very good audio book. The story is very interesting, moving and thought provoking and the narration matches it perfectly.
    I recommend this. The only change I would make is that the narrator when reading dialogue assumes a mock Jewish / German accent which isn't a big deal but to my ear sounded strange.
    I'll definitely be listening to this multiple times.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    11/23/16
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    "Outstanding book by Frankl"

    Highly recommended for anyone looking to take control of their life and destiny. Very good book and will be listening to it again shortly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    9/13/16
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    "A very small investment for a very large return"


    This is a book that lighten my load at a time in my life when I needed it. So I will not speak so much about it, but give you a few quotes that might help to get a feeling for the ideas, but I would recommend reading it to get the full impact of the ideas, on different days I get different emphasis, but what I like most about this book is that it gives a well being I have not found in religion or other books, it builds on your humanity a sense of purpose without asking for imposibles or promising absolutes, it gives you a set of tools to live a more content life and that is enough for me.

    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
    ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

    “The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him?

    No, thank you,' he will think. 'Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy.”
    ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

    “A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes - within the limits of endowment and environment- he has made out of himself. In the concentration camps, for example, in this living laboratory and on this testing ground, we watched and witnessed some of our comrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has both potentialities within himself; which one is actualized depends on decisions but not on conditions.”
    ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

    “As a professor in two fields, neurology and psychiatry, I am fully aware of the extent to which man is subject to biological, psychological and sociological conditions. But in addition to being a professor in two fields I am a survivor of four camps - concentration camps, that is - and as such I also bear witness to the unexpected extent to which man is capable of defying and braving even the worst conditions conceivable.”
    ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

    “At the beginning of human history, man lost some of the basic animal instincts in which an animal's behavior is embedded and by which it is secured. Such security, like paradise, is closed to man forever; man has to make choices. In addition to this, however, man has suffered another loss in his more recent development inasmuch as the traditions which buttressed his behavior are now rapidly diminishing. No instinct tells him what he has to do, and no tradition tells him what he ought to do; sometimes he does not even know what he wishes to do. Instead, he either wishes to do what other people do (conformism) or he does what other people tell him to do (totalitarianism).”
    ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon buyer
    Oxford, England
    9/12/16
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    "Outstanding book very well read"


    This is an excellent book. Very well read.

    I would have been happy to listen to it in one sitting if I had time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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