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)
The honesty and openness made this book come alive. I could see the author, I could feel his pain, his strength, and his struggles.
The challenges were at times unbelievable but as the story evolved the authors ability to stay strong and positive under such horrible conditions helped me realize that the daily challenges I face can be overcome.
The Material was good based on his holocaust experiences however, the reader came off as mildly pompous and boring. Not only that, the material does not really get into answers which is what you would expect via the title. Was still a decent listen but reader was pretty painful.
This book made me lose my appetite! (And not many things do that!) To be reminded of such human suffering made me ill...in a really good way. I came away wanting to know more about his methods of counseling and live a better life...definitely worth reading!
The book shall be read (and re-read) by anyone with conscious, all ages and all professions. Applicability of observations, realizations, theories in the book find applicability and relevance to our modern life.
Aside from scripture, this is the greatest book that I've ever read. I'd say it is the greatest ever written, but I haven't read everything. If you simply enjoy psychology or if you would like to understand the principles behind depression and happiness, you will not be dissapointed. The only dissapointment that I had, was that I didn't read the book earlier in my life. Please read this book. It will make you a better person.
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As I reflect on this book, I realize I need to raise my rating to 5. I value a book that adds value to my experience. This book expanded my perspective of humanity significantly! I recommend this book. The narration was well done.
The first part is a human saga - eye opening. He even sates that there was a Nazi officer whom the Jews hid in the forest when the americans over ran the Nazi's because the officer was humane. Unimaginable cruelty, Man's inhumanity to Man !!
Part two is more logo therapy which is less interesting
Really worth while read. Seems very short, but I did listen to it all in one go.
This is an amazing book and should be a mandatory reading in high schools or universities. The first part of the book was about the Dr Frankl's experience in the concentration camp. Dr. Frankl was kind enough to spare us the gruesome parts of his experience, and only talks about those experience that shaped his philosophy and logo-therapy. The second part of the book provide an overview of logotheraphy. This is by far my favoriate book. Get it! This is too good to pass up!
I have heard about this book many times over the years and I have always wanted to read it. It wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. It was better in some ways. I have been watching some shows about WWII the last few months and one of the things that I remember about this book is that Viktor said that the best of the people in the concentration camps didn't make it out alive. It bring into perspective that life isn't fair but God is. Life may suck in this life but God will make it fair in the life to come. I think maybe some of the people in the concentration camp that were selfless to the point of giving up their life so someone else can live may have understood this. This is a really great book.
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