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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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    Yhatze Kansas City, MO 05-27-17
    Yhatze Kansas City, MO 05-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for the closed-minded"

    I came to this book after finishing The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck where Ernest Becker's work was referenced. I am not a student of psychology, merely a person who is curious about ideas. I needed to slow down the reader's speed just a little because I couldn't comprehend the material fast enough before a new topic was being discussed. The ideas that Becker presented when this book was written were as radical then as they are now. Atheists will have no problem listening, everyone who isn't might find the subject matter incendiary or blasphemous. What I got out of listening to The Denial of Death is a better understanding of why us, as the human animals we are, do what we do to one another in the name of some higher power or our own selfish reasons. I will certainly listen to it again in the future as I know I did not fully absorb all the information presented.

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    matthew lockett 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great"

    Love the narrator, excellent theory.great book to pick up and listen.. wish there was more

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    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 05-10-17
    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 05-10-17 Member Since 2006

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    "Seems to go off topic a lot"

    I understand this is an award-winning study and I was looking forward to digging into the topic but was ultimately disappointed in the book. It starts out well enough, discussing how we humans must cope with the knowledge of our own mortality and offers some thoughtful insights but then it wanders pretty far afield, devolving into Freudian psycho-babble about penis envy, the trauma of defecating and other questionable subjects. This was written in 1973 and in some sections it comes off as somewhat dated and narrow-minded, especially when dealing with topics such as homosexuality. I would love to find a more modern and focused examination of this subject. Guess I'll have to keep looking.

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    Richard 02-09-17
    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 Bajou 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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