• The Schopenhauer Cure

  • A Novel
  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (523 ratings)

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By: Irvin D. Yalom
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work - and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some 20 years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured - miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - and is himself a philosophical counselor in training. 

Philip's dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.

©2005 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2018 Tantor

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Wow! I could not get my hand off this book!

First, have to give a huge cudos to the narrarator! He pulls off a string of characters so skilfully that juat by his tone you know who's talking. His voice gives life to these characters and his clear narraration wakens the book.
If you are into philosophy, and into psychology, this is the book for you. It dives deep into the human motivations, portraits real problems of real people, all this while giving a very informed and interesting overview of a great philosopher's life, Arthur Shopenhauer.
The plot is exciting, emotional and well written. It's not a thriller but I could not put the book away. Very reccomended!

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The Schopenhauer Cure

It’s a beautiful book about life and death that is saturated with strikingly real emotions. The book presents a realistic view on what group therapy is, the power of it. I really liked the narrator, who made the characters even more vivid for me. I especially recommend this book to anybody who likes psychology and to mental health professions.

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Bravo!!

I sat in my driveway many evenings enraptured with the content of this book and the performance of the narrator.

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Great story excellent narration.

This is novel combines philosophy, therapeutic advice, and a compelling story line. The narrative is expertly done. I was assigned this book for class but I devoured it like a treat.

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Excellent!!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I loved learning about the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer—his life and his teachings. The group therapy dynamics are fascinating. I admired and grew to love the psychiatrist leader, Julius. He was very experienced, skilled and dedicated to the participants of the group. The group members—their backgrounds, their issues and their contributions in the group meetings made a nice dramatic backdrop. I learned so much from this book. It is well worth reading.

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The meaning of life

It has been a rich experience listening to this book, which gradually comes to life from a rather sad opening, made even sadder by the “unlovable” character that the protagonist attempted to reach out. I enjoyed immensely the discussion in the therapy group of struggles and blind spots, the weakness that a therapist also face. Schopenhauer’s philosophy would not normally appeals to me but the discussion has helped me warm to it more. A big credit also to the narrative which has captured the emotions so vividly. Certainly one of the best audio experience with Dr Yalom's novels.

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Wonderful -and intellectually challenging read!

Wow, yet another great read of Irvin Yalom. He is such an amazing and insightful writer! Even though the majority of book's time takes place during the group therapy sessions, Yalom manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seat at all times.

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Great Book

LOVED THE EXPLANATION OF GROUP THERAPY AND THE ACCOMPANYING PHILOSOPHY LESSON, AS WELL AS SCHOPENHAUER'S BIO.

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Pompous and predictable

The author tries to give life to a set of two-dimensional figures who are modeled after archetypical figures. Tedious.

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Amazing book

Loved the writing style and the creativity in expressing complexity in life. Thank you Irvin.

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  • Hails
  • 04-25-20

Mesmerising

A skilfully woven book alternating between present day characters and the life and works of Schopenhauer. If I had to give it a rating it would be five stars plus, plus, plus. It was skilfully narrated and I had to stop everything I was doing to listen to it from start to finish. And I never wanted it to finish! Highly recommended

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  • louise burton
  • 09-15-19

Wonderfully intelligent and absorbing.

Another great book from Mr Yalom.
Not quite When Nietzsche Wept league - but close.

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  • Dr T Turner
  • 07-21-18

Terrible narration

The voice and the way this was read was really awful and sounds like a robot. What a shame that the brilliant Irvin Yalom has been destroyed by this.

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  • dee
  • 11-24-21

takes a while to get into it

The narration seems a bit off throughout the book, not matching style to content, yet I got used to it. The story is also a slow starter but the group therapy part brings the ideas to life a bit more and increases interest overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-21

Perfection

Perfection in so many ways.
I devoured the book.
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Amazing teaching story, such full and realistic characters.

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  • Jasmin
  • 04-06-21

Very good book

Very good book that can be read as a novel or as a book with deep meaning, with a perfect performer

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  • Paul Creane
  • 03-24-21

Worthy of accolades.

Little slow to start then pulls you in makes you question your own thoughts and idea, finally makes you very aware of our fragility.

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  • Neil M.
  • 09-29-22

group therapy excellence

if you want to know about group therapy, sex addiction,.philosophy, death anxiety and relationship forgiveness this is a great read. love the narrator's ability to give voices to the group members

bear with it. the first few chapters are slow

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  • sara taylor
  • 07-20-22

Intelligent, insightful and moving

A wonderful insight into group psychotherapy and an intriguing look at how philosophy underpins much of this work. Thanks M love how Yalom interweaves many narratives and keeps you on your toes.

A brilliant book.

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  • Evie Star
  • 07-12-22

Excellent

As always, breathtaking Yalom. The group work stories are entirely captivating and un-put-downable., as well as long-lasting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-21

Schopenhauer’s Hedgehogs🏄‍♂️

As a fan of Lao Tzu, I like both Schopenhauer and Nietzsche: if you want to feel full you must feel empty; if you want to feel happy, first you must feel sad. Schopenhauer’s hedgehogs: desperate for cuddles but aware of the pain and suffering. It all fits together for me. A fantastic ending; great to hear Yalom’s interpretation on Schopenhauer 10/10 👍

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  • stardotstar
  • 09-06-18

An outstanding achievement

The difficulty of combining detailed, thoroughly emotive narrative with the kind of insight into philosophy and group therapy is impossible to estimate.
There is great sensitivity here to the real struggle we all face to find ourselves in an integrated, congruent life of the mind and shared experience.
As someone familiar with much of the philosophical content but completely ignorant of the world of group therapy I found this book both a revelation and refreshing consolidation in a well written, well narrated format.
Tremendous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-22

Highly recommend

Everything from Yalom makes one fall in love with life itself. The characters are beautifully drawn with details. Group therapy mechanisms at their best. As a begining counsellor, I am so grateful to his work for opening my eyes to the possibilities that arise when one focuses on connection & authenticity .

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  • John Paul Newbury
  • 05-31-20

Brilliant combination of philosophy and fiction.

Well read. Always a key with audio books. Yalom's storyline is engaging from the start. Fantastic introduction into Schopenhauer. Well balanced presentation.

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  • Graeme Tudor
  • 11-12-19

Great Book Great Story Great Narration

This book is excellent - Story introduces Schopenhauer and philosophy - and the use of group psychotherapy .... very easy listening and well worth the purchase.

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  • Tatiane Drigo
  • 07-12-18

Fantastic!

So sad that it finished! simply loved the book! The narrative is engaging. Very diverse characters, each one playing an important role in the story. The paralel story of Schopenhauer's life make us love and hate him. Food to think!