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The Denial of Death Audiobook

The Denial of Death

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than 30 years after its writing.

©1973 Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure." (New York Times Book Review)
"Ranks among the truly important books of the year. Professor Becker writes with power and brilliant insight." (Publishers Weekly)

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    BigWally 05-14-16
    BigWally 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "DENIAL OF DEATH is very mediocre"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Becker and/or Raymond Todd?

    Absolutely not


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ANGLE OF REPOSE


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reader was fairly good, but he read too fast.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed as I had heard that it was a great book!


    Any additional comments?

    I would NOT recommend this book. Becker speaks or refers to Freud a great deal. Most Freudian ideas have almost uniformly been discredited. Note: I only listened to the first two chapters because I was so turned off by the ideas.

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    Estelle Collins 11-13-15
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    "Great book, but the reader sounds disturbingly cheerful and totally disconnected from the material, like he's reading a manual."

    Great book, but the reader sounds disturbingly cheerful and totally disconnected from the material, like he's reading a manual.

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    Tim 11-09-15
    Tim 11-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Piercing straight to the heart of the human drama"

    An incredible framework for understanding the mechanisms by which man on his earthly journey produces evil as a by product of his best intentions.
    Expect no miracle cure or new age religion to turn back the clock on the psyche after finishing this book. This book is haunting.

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    Roger Morris 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Moments of real insight"

    There are moments of real insight in this book. I can see why it is considered a classic of existential psychology. Unfortunately these moments of insight are often intermingled with really dated and unsubstantiated psychoanalytic psycho-babble which can be annoying at times.

    Becker's woefully dated and frankly embarrassing assessments of major psychiatric illness such as major depression and schizophrenia are pretty annoying, particularly the psychoanalytic explanations of these diseases representing a pathetic failure of the sufferer to properly deal with their fear of life and fear of death resulting in them burdening themselves on others, is particularly reprehensible.

    Sometimes I had to remind myself that Becker was writing in 1973, although much of the time it felt like this book had been written in the early 1900s.

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    Bradley 08-19-15
    Bradley 08-19-15
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    "Insightful"

    I'm not certain I need to listen to another psychoanalytic book again. Just love out my physical years on a journey to create words of art.

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    Kathleen Scott 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Death Anxiety, a book to think about."
    Would you listen to The Denial of Death again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. It is wonderfully written, much to ponder. The only problem is the reader goes to fast. The subject matter is complex. The reader goes so fast one does not have time to ponder what just slapped him/her across the face! It is delightful. A must read.


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    Dale Sours 06-29-15
    Dale Sours 06-29-15
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    "A combination of weltanschauungs from great minds"

    My brain hurts real good.

    I've read some of Alice Miller, Jung, Ayn Rand, and Aristotle, Buddhist texts, and popular anarchist literature and this is an amazing psychoanalytic work. It helps me to understand a lot more about my place in society and the universe, tying together the knowledge I gained from previously mentioned authors and expanding my view further, or maybe rather more narrowly. Love it. Absolutely recommend it if you have a pretty good grasp of the practicalities of objectivism.

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    Matthew Baker 06-26-15

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    Could've done without the chapters on Freud, but excellent overall. I think Ill buy the book for reference.

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    Dave M 06-09-15
    Dave M 06-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Stimulating"

    Nice mesh between existentialism and psychoanalysis. Freud makes more sense if we switch the sex repression out for existential angst!

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    E. J. Murray scotland 05-03-15
    E. J. Murray scotland 05-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "This blew my mind!"

    I need to listen to it many more times to pick up the pieces I missed. At first I was avert to the constant references to other philosophers works but I now understand it as a more academic approach rather then a self help book. This guy was incredibly intelligent but I don't agree with everything he says. There are too many references to Freud that are not really needed. I would be up for an abridged version or lay mans.

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