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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

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

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    Ulrich munich, NY, USA 12-16-04
    Ulrich munich, NY, USA 12-16-04
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    "Wonderful!"

    Viktor Frankl's book has two main parts: a) very moving description of his experiences in different concentration camps and how he dealt with suffering and pain; b) an introduction of his school of psychotherapy ("logotherapy")partly derived from these experiences.
    Really inspiring, even if today you are not suffering. Great help to remember in difficult times.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 11-24-13
    Samantha 11-24-13
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    It's difficult to describe the darkest moments of your life. It's even harder to find meaning in them. Frankl shows courage and great resilience by having created this work of art, which will help others find purpose in their struggles as well.


    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Russell CambridgeUnited Kingdom 11-22-04
    Russell CambridgeUnited Kingdom 11-22-04
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    "A masterpiece on the human condition"

    Frankl captures the world of the concentration camp with stunning vividness. As a psychiatrist he describes the madness of Auschwitz that could bring one to tears. He puts to shame the evil that is of the human condition. One is left in awe and disgust at what we have become and what we have the potential to become. This book is a must read for those who really want an insight into real suffering. After this book one is fortified, confident in the knowledge that no hell is worsse than what Frankl and others endured. One is awakened by coming to face with the potential evil that lives in us all - that which may be released in the set up of the concentration camp. This is about what Guantanamo Bay may have bordered on. As a fellow psychiatrist myself, I was able to walk with Frankl and be with him. I almost smelt and touched the scenes he described. His book is also a survival manual for the hopeless. Don't kill yourself - read this!!

    40 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 08-25-15
    Troy 08-25-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "One of the Most Important Books Ever Written"

    There are a handful of books that should truly be required and desired reading for everyone across the world. This is one of them. It is simultaneously repulsive and compelling, disheartening and hopeful.

    I read this book perhaps 20 years ago. The older I get, the more I find new meaning in it. There are a great many self-help books out there that go on and on and say nothing. Then there's a book like this that offers an unblinking look at one of history's most horrific events from an inside perspective and uses that as a lead-in to offer to us a scientific embrace of the three little words that could mean the most to all of us.

    Love. Faith. Hope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-30-11
    David 10-30-11
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    "Great book for those dealing w/ existential issues"

    Great book for anyone dealing with existential issues or anyone who wants an introduction into a sound anthropological psycho-therapy method. Frankl chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and from the viewpoint of his psycho-therapeutic / phenomenological method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living. Through his experience, he developed a method of psycho-therapeutic method that he called logotherapy. His analysis focuses on a "will to meaning" as opposed to Adler's Nietzschean doctrine of "will to power" or Freud's "will to pleasure". Rather than power or pleasure, logotherapy is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one's life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force in humans. According to Frankl, "We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering" and that "everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances". For Frankl, it was his love for his wife that enabled him to survive Auschwitz and three other camps, not to mention many moments of "luck" or grace. Love, for Frankle, became the highest experience that a human can have. I appreciated the back story of Frankl's experience that lead to his method and agree with his conclusions, but I think some of his premises fall into a naturalistic fallacy. Nevertheless, he has a great ability to put into words the psychological and existential reality that one deals with when suffering or striving to understand a purpose in life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindblad Handen, Sweden 09-06-11
    Lindblad Handen, Sweden 09-06-11
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    "Amazing story, amazing man, intriguing insights"

    If I had to choose a must-read-list this one would be a sure candidate. It has the ability to touch you in so many levels. There is not only the insights into and behind the scenes from "the horrors of concentration camps", but a personal story of struggle and contemplation. All of this in the light of his own theories about us humans, what drives us and how we may search for happiness. I would like to recommend this book to you with my deepest conviction it holds true wisdom!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Marc R Mailhot 05-28-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "For the nurturer of souls..."

    For the thinker, philosopher and nurturer of souls...

    This is my first review. I felt compelled to write something about this book...

    I bought the book about half a year ago... and listened to it three times, back to back. Since then I have found myself still ruminating on what I listened to. What a great book... I highly recommend it to those who are seeking to "walk alongside" others.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Johannesburg, South Africa 03-20-13
    Wayne Johannesburg, South Africa 03-20-13
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    "Riveting Listen"

    I was riveted by this book. It is a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme circumstances. It also provides a brief introduction to Frankl's Logo-therapy method of psychotherapy. The psychotherapy section of the book is just the right length. It explains just enough so that you can decide if you want to look further into the subject, but is not long winded or tedious.

    I felt the performance was well executed and easy to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kacy Austin, Texas 11-30-06
    Kacy Austin, Texas 11-30-06 Member Since 2015
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    "A life-changing read"

    A life-changing read. I you can open up your mind enough, the book will make you think differently. It has helped me see life through very different eyes. It has helped me to truly count my blessings and feel entirely grateful for every aspect of my life; both good and bad.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    S Houston, TX, USA 04-18-05
    S Houston, TX, USA 04-18-05 Member Since 2016
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    "NOT 'just another concentraion camp' story"

    Although the Holocaust was a terrible event, I am not apt to read about it more than I already have. For one, the focus is most often on the Jews rather than the other several million non-Jews who died in it and two, 'our side of it' never touches on the millions of Russians who lost their lives fighting the Germans. But this book is different. It touches everyone of those people and more. The focus is not necessarily on the "Jewish" side of the Holocaust or the "victor's side"; rather it delves into the minds of all those who suffered there, and all those who suffer anywhere. One thought that has stuck with me is this: Sometimes grown men would cry in their sleep from the nightmares they were having but I never woke them because no matter how bad their dream was, it was still better than the reality they would wake up to. Sometimes we think we have it bad, but bad is just as relative as good can be.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Arvin Seeva
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    "An awesome and inspiring piece.."

    An awesome and inspiring educational piece on the human condition and how we all tick.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence Mitchell
    2/28/16
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    "Great book"

    If you're searching for more meaning in your life, a greater sense of purpose, this is three hours that will help you move forward.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    2/17/16
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    "Excellent insight into human psychology"

    Amazing book, both as a narrative as well as a perspective on the meaning and purpose in life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dess
    Smolyan
    12/9/15
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    "strong, beautiful and really inspiring"

    everybody should listen to this uplifting tale from darkness - it is as enchanting as it is horrific. both the worst and best in human spirit and history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • flow
    10/22/15
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    "wonderful story of triumph"

    I am so glad I listened to this book, well worth the time taken to listen to it :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. M. D. Davies
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    "not sentimental, nor indulgent, a remarkable Man"

    I enjoyed this book, the narrator gives a steady account of a horrible experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    9/11/15
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    "Enlightening"

    Loved it. Well read Simon enjoyed the smooth connectivity of the various facets of logatheraphy which although a deeply scientific practice I, a layman found it stimulating and simply understandable. Too, Frankls' book gives an unprecedented insight to the total trauma of one's in such predicament, useful therefore in understanding the plight of one's in such a position today, that is long suffering struggles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne Flint
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    7/13/15
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    "Valuable insight into mindworks"

    Very insightful book that is a great addition to anyone interested in what makes any persons struggle worth persevering with. The driving forces that can help someone overcome grief, adversity, when all seems pointless.
    So good I ordered the book for someone I know, and as a reference point for some volunteer work I do. Top notch book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Mullan-Jensen
    4/23/15
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    "A succinct distillation of existential meaning"

    Inspirational and truly life-changing stories/psychological observations from a holocaust survivor. Still relevant today and would benefit anyone who has the slightest interest in existentialism or psychological science.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Garyion
    Dublin, Ireland
    3/19/15
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    "Now is a good time to experience this book"

    This book should be read every year or two to put things into perspective.

    It's incredible as a story as well as describing the origins and practicality of Logo Therapy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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