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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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    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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    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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    Marie 08-09-15
    Marie 08-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Somewhat Disappointing"

    I had really hoped for more out of this book after hearing so much praise for it throughout my professional community. I have a deep appreciation for the history in part one, and it was a painful rebelling yet well read. Part two seemed really repetitive, and didn't really bring home the point like I had hoped.

    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?

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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 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.)

    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 2013

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    "Inspirational & Compelling!"

    This is the account of Dr. Viktor Frankl's experience in Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. This is my favorite book of all time. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in World War 2, the Holocaust or psychology.

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    Dr Strangelove Chicago, IL 07-17-15
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    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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    "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
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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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  • R
    Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom
    5/3/08
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    "Throw out your self-help books!"

    This is an utterly remarkable book for so many reasons. What strikes me most about it is how it really gives meaning to the idea that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. What I mean by this is the following: the book is not great psychology, nor great philosophy nor even great narrative. And yet, as a whole I would call it a great book. Why? Because it makes a definitive impact. I cannot say that I walked away from this book unchanged. I suppose it is Viktor Frankl himself who makes all the difference -- in him you find a truly humane, humble and ultimately wise human being. I was truly impressed to hear him quoting Nietzsche while in a concentration camp; this at a time when Nietzsche's work had been distorted and used to promote anti-semitism by the Nazis. One warning though -- his existentialist philosophy is outdated and really needs to be complemented by a contemporary understanding of human nature.

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  • Jim Vaughan
    Malvern, UK
    12/2/12
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    "Potentially life changing..."

    So, we all know about the Holocaust, yet this book is a bit different - told with such "tragic optimism" that the message is not moral outrage or repulsion, but of meaning in the midst of unimaginable degradation. The "why" that makes the "how" of suffering bearable. Frankle quotes Nietzsche throughout.



    The most moving passages for me were his imagined conversations with his wife, (who probably by that time was dead), which nonetheless gave him the purpose for continuing to live, and the glimpses of Nature, such as sunsets, raw in beauty, beyond the barbed wire.



    His message is simple - it is in loving the people we love and in the struggle that our lives demand of us, that we find meaning that transcends the mere pleasure principle. Our own "ontic logos" is individually uncovered, not found through intellectual introspection on "THE meaning of life" (which is a nonsense and which usually just leads to neurosis).



    Frankle highlights the contemporary consumerist "tyranny of happiness", which is endemic in the West, so that many patients feel not just unhappy, but deeply ashamed of their unhappiness.



    Existentialism is not popular in the zeitgeist, but I think we can learn much from that generation who lived through the War, and the Holocaust, and developed such philosophies of coping with terrible hardship and suffering. By contrast, we can be very superficial, and self centred, and it left me considering what issues I cared about enough to take action on. Would I regret not doing so otherwise? Yes, probably - as an opportunity wasted!



    This is a humane, inspiring, potentially life changing book; well narrated, subtle, profound and unpretentious. It deserves the highest rating.

    4 of 4 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!

    3 of 3 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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Steven Jackson
    England
    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Tadworth, United Kingdom
    6/5/13
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    "Inspiring"

    Highly recommended. Great depth, sincerity and intelligence. Well read. I found this quite life changing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Tuapse, Russia
    12/19/12
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    "The great book!"

    The great book! It cannot be listened to without comprehensive attention and understanding each word. Every single word, every phrase is meaningful and gives a new way of living!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    ALCESTER, United Kingdom
    7/25/11
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    "Excellent"

    I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. Both parts, the autobiography, and the introduction to Frankl's logotherapy, gave me much to think about. I will be buying this in print also, having now listened to the audio. It's that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Shropshire Girl Reviews
    England
    5/31/15
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    "A book that should be on prescription"
    Where does Man's Search for Meaning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, I have enjoyed his readings before. If you have anxiety or depression, I think this should be on the NHS prescription list. It is uplifting and helps you challenge your thoughts (not in the sense of 'oh it could be worse' but it in a much more positive way of finding ways to value what you have in its own right and to see the beauty in things.)


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

    I thought the most moving part was the comments on the death of loved ones and how to cope.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I most enjoyed Frankl's musings on how prisoners coped after they were liberated. My only criticism of the entire book is that I would have liked it if this was more in depth.


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

    I listened to this over two days, I personally found it a bit much to listen to in one day, I had to take a break but it is very addictive.


    Any additional comments?

    Super enjoyable, a privilege to listen to his story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adaline
    Ireland
    5/31/15
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    "Profound"

    The simple, yet profound thoughts of the Holocaust prisoner in his prison describe so well the feelings and emotions of anyone who suffers a trauma and becomes a prisoner of circumstance.
    The book progresses into an education in self help and a brief instruction in how to deal with life with a mere change in perception.
    There is not enough that I could say about the book. I will read it again.
    I would recommend this to anyone who is experiencing difficulty in life as well as those who have no current problems but it will arm them for future conflict.
    This book requires total attention without interruption in order to absorb the wisdom of Frankl's words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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