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What does it really mean to be a grown-up in today's world? We assume that once we "get it together" with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood presents varying levels of growth and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the ages of 35 and 70 when we question the choices we've made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck - commonly known as the "midlife crisis".

Jungian psychoanalyst James Hollis believes that it is only in the second half of life that we can truly come to know who we are and thus create a life that has meaning. In Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Hollis explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren't quite working for us. Offering wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life provides a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development.

©2005 James Hollis, PhD (P)2015 Tantor

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must read for all men between 45 and 55

I think the book touchs each one of us especially men who get loss of meaning in life starting from the age of 45

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Engaging, thought-provoking, at times profound

Content...fascinating. Narrator... so bad that only the quality of the content kept me listening. Galone must have had a bet with someone on how fast he could finish reading this book. He read at the pace and with the (dis)passion of an auctioneer, plowing through complex ideas at the speed of a bullet train, leaving the listener hanging on for dear life. I don’t need or want an excessively slow rendition, but much of this book requires some processing time for the listener. The content is absolutely worthy. Since I want to listen to more of Hollis’ work, I have been relieved to see that all have other narrators.

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Take action!

Overall an inspiring book! Good information and motivation to take action at this mid-stage in life.

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What an incredible gift! Every word was gripping!

This book is truly life-changing. and exactly what I needed! I will return to it often. What a blessing!

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Intense and Thought-Provoking

This is an interesting look at the second half of life, from a Jungian psychology perspective. The reader's intensity can be a bit much, but you get used to it after a few chapters. There are a few mis-pronounced words that should have been caught by the producer, but they're not too egregious. On the whole it's still a compelling "listen".

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Highly Recommend!!

Brilliantly written with tremendous insight & wisdom! A valuable read, not only for those in their 2nd half of life, but for any who are passionate pursuers of introspection & personal evolution!!

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Good but very hard to follow

it's a good book but could be shortened by half. it's very hard to follow, it definitely has extremely important message but I have to skip multiple chapter's. The most useful chapter for me was about career

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Could not get interested!

What disappointed you about Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life?

Rambling about nothing. Boring.

What was most disappointing about James Hollis’s story?

He had a story? Never got that far. I wish there had been a story. It may have been interesting.

Have you listened to any of Gary Galone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

It was so painfully boring that I could not make myself listen to another minute of it.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful