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Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy Audiobook

Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

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Publisher's Summary

In his long career, eminent psychotherapist and author Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.

Like Love's Executioner and Yalom's other writings, Creatures of a Day lays bare the necessary task we each face every day: to make our own lives meaningful.

©2015 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    MoB 04-12-15
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    "A book of rich experience, wonderfully narrated"
    If you could sum up Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy in three words, what would they be?

    Irvin Yalom is a well-respected psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is well on in years. In this book, he shares some of his most moving therapy encounters, bringing us right into the room. He is warm, human, and without arrogance in these sessions and shows considerable respect and professional affection. Traber Burns is a wonderful narrator for Irvin Yalom. He does a superb job of capturing Yalom's voice, inflection and emotions -- from calm empathy to surprise. Being an account of therapy sessions the book consists largely of conversations, and Traber captures the different personalities or moods of each of the speakers -- therapist and the different patients -- so that you're never wondering who is talking, even if you've just restarted the recording.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Benchu Tang United States 06-03-15
    Benchu Tang United States 06-03-15
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    "Great book"

    Great book, touching stories!! It's a must read for those who're interested in psychology and psychiatry.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B. Gholami MI, USA 11-11-15
    B. Gholami MI, USA 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic book, brilliant performance"
    Would you listen to Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy again? Why?

    Here are the factors making this book a great listen:
    Great writing style, engaging, witty and deep.
    Astute observation power of the writer
    Great clinical experience reflected in all stories
    humanity of stories and humility of the author's account
    Brilliance of performance.


    What about Traber Burns’s performance did you like?

    He brought the book to life. I felt the characters.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    chantelle 04-07-15
    chantelle 04-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "With narration a 4, better narration a 5."

    I loved the book it was an excellent read as one who follows Yalom religiously. However, I had some difficulty listening to this narration. I often found it confusing as to who was speaking as the distinction between characters and narrator was not always the best. I also thought that listening to an obviously older voice used for younger characters was part of the problem for me.
    It's probably a minor personal preference so I would recommend this audiobook as is

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Australia 05-10-15
    Jeremy Australia 05-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love executioner better"

    The examples were selected to support his theory of death anxiety. But not too bad at all. Worth the read

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Benton 03-16-16
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    "Fascinating and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You will get an inside view into one of the great minds in psychology, his personal reflections and how he approaches his work with each patient.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The individual patients stories and Yalom's inner thought/feeling process.


    What does Traber Burns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator has a very warm tone to his voice and he conveys the essential kindness in Yalom's responses to his patients.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holistic 11-09-15
    Holistic 11-09-15
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    "Thoughtful"

    Thoughtful description of the encounters of therapist and patient and the inner workings of the therapist in the moment with patients

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    W Perry Hall 12-01-15

    One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope

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    "Old Man Look At My Life, This Book's Made Me Bluer"


    "Old man, look at my life, I'm a lot like you were."

    N. Young, "Old Man," 1972.

    Dr. Irvin Yalom is a highly respected 84-year-old psychiatrist, who describes himself as an existential psychotherapist, providing consultations with the overriding philosophy that "we all must die" and "each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living." In the past, I've enjoyed mixed success with books by psychiatrists in which they provide an internal view of variety of anonymous cases. For example, I loved AN EXAMINED LIFE and THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT and disliked the sterile, historical analysis of SHRINKS...

    Here, I didn't like this book. I should have been forewarned by the term "existential" that this would be a morbid look at cases of mostly very elderly patients and patients with terminal illnesses. No disrespect intended, but this is way too depressing for me to enjoy. Instead, it put me in a major funk. I'd try to add some levity here, such as saying that the book should be subtitled "A Fly on Geritol Wall," but the book fails to lend itself to any humor whatsoever.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Javier 08-04-15
    Javier 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing"

    Another excellent and refreshing addition by Yalom. Thought provoking and insight building. Another must read in Yalom's case vignette collection.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonas Nielsen 11-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "im getting tottally sucked in the stories"

    tottally sucked in every stories , Hungry for the continued learnings and the autentic, comments about irvs possible errors .

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