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)
I enjoy reading history. History is like a puzzle that I want to understand. I enjoy good narrators regardless of the book being read.
I have read and listened to this book several times which is unusual for me. I feel it is such wise guidance for anyone's approach to life's adversities. The gravity of the message is as deep and substantial as possible because of the survival experience of Frankl in Nazi concentration camps. Regardless of your religious or philosophical beliefs, it would be difficult for any honest rational person to find any fault in his message. He is so positive and pragmatic. A great message for our current time of despair and boredom.
Frankl describes his experience in a Nazi concentration camp without any sympathy for himself. He describes his life of torment and agony through others and conveys a sense of positive thinking without any delusions.
Very well read.
It is a short book so that is possible. It is compelling enough to do it all at once.
This book is not just a story of a man in concentration camps, but it tells the story to explain the underlying philosophy needed to survive the camp and life. The book accomplishes a lot in its briefness. I particularly enjoyed how the author discredits the psycho analytic belief that we are slaves to our subconscious mind. I was surprised to find that I have heard of many of the ideas of logotherapy but not the word.
Yes, the message is timeless.
The credibility of the author.
How happiness works.
A profoundly simple pathway to the most elusive goal we all seek.
I've heard this book recommended many times on various talk formats. I'm glad I finally listened to it. There is a lot to be taken from this book. Do yourself a favor and have a listen. I'm about to start round 2 myself.
When Frankl decided to make every obstacle he faced a challenge. He imagined himself giving lectures to students about life in a death camp.
Out of Ashes
Viktor Frankl was very fortunate to have not been executed or murdered while being in a Nazi death camp. His firsthand knowledge of what a person can endure in severe hardships and atrocities is educational,uplifting,and beneficial to mankind. I love this book and have read and listened to it a few times. Good read and good listen.
Few books have lighted my path as much as this one has done. As someone that has already found his meaning this book brought confirmation of my choices to me and further solidified my determination.
Simon Vance narrates this book so well. I want to gift copies to everyone I know. I also want to find a way to gift copies to prisoners in our prison system. When they are released I hope this book will help them start a new life that gives back to society at large. It will be their greatest healing, and ours as well.
"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.
"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.
"A book that should be on prescription"
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.)
I thought the most moving part was the comments on the death of loved ones and how to cope.
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.
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.
Super enjoyable, a privilege to listen to his story.
Highly recommended. Great depth, sincerity and intelligence. Well read. I found this quite life changing.
"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!
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.
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!
"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!
"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
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.
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