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Man's Search for Meaning Audiobook

Man's Search for Meaning

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

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

What the Critics Say

"An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)

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    Sofia 04-02-17
    Sofia 04-02-17
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    "mind blowing "

    this is a mind blowing book. the amount of learning points in it is too high to get the all in one sit. it requires several "reads".

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    yuri miami, FL, United States 03-29-17
    yuri miami, FL, United States 03-29-17
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    "Book worm or not, read it"

    First 3 chapters read like a suspense novel, last 3 are meaty, you may have to read twice some passages to get the most out of them. In the end you will gain wisdom

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    Greg Bower Missouri, USA 03-21-17
    Greg Bower Missouri, USA 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Required reading"

    This book should be required reading (or listening) for everyone, especially those who might be struggling to find the purpose of their life.

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    Abby SLC 03-20-17
    Abby SLC 03-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Coping with darkness"
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    I've read a few Holocaust books, but this one felt different than the others. Most of it focused on how to cope with suffering rather than taking the reader through the horrible experiences he had in concentration camps (though it does include those as well). <br/><br/>This is a book that presented new ideas, or at least, ideas in a different light, and it came at a time I needed it. Viktor Frankl's words that we cannot avoid suffering, but that we choose how to cope with it struck a chord with me. There is meaning and purpose in suffering, and painful though it may be, it is not something to avoid in life. It adds to our life's meaning and purpose.

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    irwin gonzalez 03-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolute must read! Life changing"

    I could read this book a thousand times and still find new insight on read 1001

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    Amazon Customer 03-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Deep"

    I've listened to it many times.. and still enjoying it. I strongly recommend it for anyone.

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    Alexander 03-08-17
    Alexander 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "perhaps overhyped, but still valuable"

    I had heard of this book for a long time and never got around to it until now. I had no idea that a form of therapy was derived before this and made popular after the author's escape from the Holocaust. To be honest however, there were few takeaways for me. He endured unimaginable horror to a degree that I cannot even fathom, and a sizeable portion of the book focuses on that (as I knew it would), but then not as much as I thought necessary to reflect on the "hows." Yes, mindset and perspective and values are important, but I knew that going in. My biggest takeaways are that not even the German/Jew WW2 dichotomy shows the full spectrum of humanity; that humans are capable of indescribable horror as well as horror-endurance if you will; focusing on performance can detract from that performance (writer's block, insomnia, sexual performance) and that an interesting way of solving that can be to focus on the opposite (push to stay up as late as possible, scribble horribly); and mindfulness regardless of the situation. Valuable, sure, but I had extremely high expectations for this timeless classic as well.

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    kathy glad 03-07-17
    kathy glad 03-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "very insightful"

    Loved this book, found the insights applicable to me this many years after the events of his life.

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    Frankie Tessler 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hit and miss."

    This book came highly recommended however I found it confusing.

    Many parts were well explained but in many parts I found it to technically challenging.

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    Mary 03-03-17
    Mary 03-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Most compelling was Frankl's ability to relate the psychological experience of the concentration camps and his determination to hold onto his humanity despite being subjected to inhumane treatment.


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

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book definitely made me cry in response to Frankl's descriptions of maintaining his human dignity in the face of tremendous cruelty.


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