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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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    Richard 02-09-17
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    "More technical than a non-academic may like"

    If a technical discussion is up your alley it would be hard to beat the well organized concise yet complete layout of information he provides.

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    Todd 12-11-16
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    "Thought provoking"

    Really makes you think about the rsasons we do things. The notion of immortality projects as driving force felt like new thinking and was explained in a way that made sense.

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    Mike 11-29-16
    Mike 11-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Don't believe everything you think. Product & marketing person, cyclist, marathoner.

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    "How far we've come"

    As a young man reading this book more than 43 years after its inception I enjoyed it's ability to take me into the minds and thought processes of the psychological greats. While the structure of the thinking is enlightening, the conclusions sometimes seem tainted by the environment of the 1950s-70s. While other reviews that lead me to read the book emphasized the concept of immortality projects, the thesis that resonated with me most is in the final sentence. He makes reference of it a few times throughout but if I had to paraphrase it would be this. The greatest one can aspire to is to reach out into the world, discover an unknown truth, objective and productize it for consumption and give it as a gift to the world.

    ie. Create an immortality project 😄

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    Ex 10-28-16
    Ex 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "heavy and dense"

    far more a work of criticism than a treatise on the subject. interesting and thought provoking, but dense and focused a LOT on Freud. also, some discussion of sexuality is incredibly outdated.

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    Will 10-11-16
    Will 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""Euman""

    "Euman" This book really makes you reflect on your own consciousness in a good way!

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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 2017
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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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