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What are the most common dreams and why do we have them? What does a dream about death mean? What do dreams of swimming, failing, or flying symbolize? First published by Sigmund Freud in 1899, The Interpretation of Dreams considers why we dream and what it means in the larger picture of our psychological lives.

Delving into theories of manifest and latent dream content, the special language of dreams, dreams as wish fulfillments, the significance of childhood experiences, and much more, Freud, widely considered the "father of psychoanalysis", thoroughly and thoughtfully examines dream psychology. Encompassing dozens of case histories and detailed analyses of actual dreams, this landmark text presents Freud's legendary work as a tool for comprehending our sleeping experiences.

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WOW, this is A LOT of information to digest!

What did you love best about The Interpretation of Dreams?

I enjoyed learning more about Freud and his perspective, especially when it comes to dreams. I find myself much more drawn to and accepting of Carl Jung's views, but I specifically wanted to understand the differences between these two great thinkers!

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

Great job as narrator/reader!

Any additional comments?

This is NOT light entertainment, but I believe it is a necessary read for those interested in deep psychological/spiritual development and understanding ... even if by the end of the book you are convinced you aren't a Freudian.

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Historically interesting, but not useful. Skip it

Freud's very long work is interesting from a historical perspective, in that he and it were prominent fixtures, but it has not been useful to me as a listener. The text is way, way too long, and communicates way, way too little information. The information that it does communicate ranges from obvious common sense (to the modern listener) to unhelpful subjective myopic anecdotes interpreting individual dreams of particular people with interpretations that are not otherwise applicable to the population at large.

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Love Freud, narrator not so much

I love the content, the breakdown of the unconscious is very interesting! The narrator's monotone voice has me struggling to finish . I tried to listen to this while commuting and had to switch books because the voice has a sedating effect. I think this book is better on paper than audio.

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Not bad for a hundred+ years book!

The theme is one of the most challenging and interesting there is!. Freud and his theory of psychoanalysis revolutionize the modern society as a thinking, evolving body. This is must listen to any one caring for the basics of modern life. The audio is well narrated and keeps you interested.

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A Must-have

A great classic book by the most well known analyst, a must have for students or anyone with any interest in the subject. General reference book that should be in anyone interested's library

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repetitive but insightful

many good view points, many opinions, thorough work, only to leave you asking more questions

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best book of all time

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, best book ever, best audio ever

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love chapter vii, especially the scene where the body is burning

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

the gravitas

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

beautiful, blown away

Any additional comments?

you have to listen to it

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Antiquated by a nice view into Freud's thinking.

Would you listen to The Interpretation of Dreams again? Why?

I would not listen to this book again, but it was worth one listen. I think one of the reasons it may have been so popular is the scandalous stories that are included. Freud does not fail to take liberties in making connections from just about everything to libido. What surprised me was the careful attention paid to prior thoughts and research about dream.

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Yep

It was a very interesting listen and yeah the narrator's voice can get monotonous but it's fixed if you listen to it at a faster pace even 1.25x if good.

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great content, super boring

Excellent information, very educational. and in it's own nature, extremely boring to read and a challenge to digest

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Fine, but not really a book for public consumption

This is only available as an audiobook because Freud has a profile in popular culture. It's, essentially, an academic text - and an archaic one, at that. It certainly isn't 'entertainment'. Not given its running time of almost 22 hours, and its more than occasional repetitiousness.

I'm kinda on the fence about Freud. That he was a very intelligent, imaginative man is beyond doubt. Many of the insights revealed in the studies contained herein are thought-provoking, and make a solid case for his particular take on the interpretation of dreams; but some of his 'insights' do not properly warrant the term - they're ludicrous, genital-obsessed nonsense.

(I hope Audible will forgive my using the word 'genital' in this review; but then, if they're gonna sell Freud on their website, they are rather asking for it...!).

It would be entirely possible for a celebrity psychologist/psychiatrist to collate and present a summary of Freud's take on dreams entertainingly. Knock it together in a single seven-hour audiobook and - boom! Job done, so that Joe Public can satisfy his curiosity without having to soldier through this blizzard. It really is a pain, in places.

So, in a nutshell? Fine if you're a student/hobbyist of psycho-analysis. If you're just interested casually in how Freud interpreted dreams, look it up on Wikipedia or something.

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