Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy

Written by:
Viktor E. Frankl
Narrated by:
Simon Vance

Unabridged Audiobook

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363
Narrator
64
Release Date
April 2010
Duration
4 hours 45 minutes
Summary
Man’s Search for Meaning is the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl’s struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Through every waking moment of his ordeal, Frankl’s training as a psychiatrist lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a result of these experiences, 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. Frankl’s assertion that “the will to meaning” is the basic motivation for human life has forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering.

Frankl’s riveting memoir was named one of the Ten Most Influential Books in America after a 1991 survey by the Library of Congress and Book of the Month Club. This revised and updated version includes a new postscript: “The Case for a Tragic Optimism.”
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Prathamesh D.

3 word to describe this book 1. profound 2. eye opening 3. meaningful must read

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Carmen Victoria U

Wonderful book and such an amazing and wise human being Viktor Frankl. It helped me a lot. I have listened to it several times, it is so interesting, and human kind has so much to learn about it. Now I will persue logotherapy.

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Alita C

Although I am not convinced that logo therapy is the appropriate conclusion, these lived stories and this theory allow for a greater understanding of something that I don't yet fully understand. That could be because I do not have a full understanding of the therapy, though. This book is a necessary read for everyone. It reminds us of what it takes to survive not out of instinct but through hope that we can all find within ourselves. Sometimes our instinct is to just give up, but hope, however quietly, begs that we keep going on.

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Alice M.

Amazing how human beings can still find meaning after their horrific experience in the concentration camps. Inspiring indeed!

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David C.

Fantastic book that dare refocus your mind on what is important and why it is important. The author able to use the horrific travail he endured in a Nazi Concentration Camp and provide useful information, perhaps the most useful information that one can use to provide direction and purpose to their life. Time spent reading this book is time well spent.

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Anonymous

Stupid is as stupid does....

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Jacob D.

“Gripping”!

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Anonymous

great book. monotone though

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Jaakko L.

Insightful, eye-opening, gives hope :) Brief, so not the widest and most profound description about concentration camps. Similarly not super deep into philosophical aspects and for instance logotheraphy. Can be thought as a concise and efficient intro or summary on those both.

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Anonymous

Great narrator; so-so on the book itself.

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Anonymous

was nice enough, but a bit over my head. On my second listen I picked up more from the book.

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Brian S.

Great reading and interesting and good to listen and learn

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Richard B.

Good enough to warrant a second listen at dome point. Certainly not a casual listen. Edifying for sure. Did not at all care for the narration or narrator.

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Kathy P.

Thought provoking

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Adam H.

a true classic

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Ed S.

Very good book

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Tiffany R.

This book will stay on my shelf to revisit throughout my life. Beautifully written and a reminder to let go and let your life flow.

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David O.

You will definitely take away something from this . Personally I took a lot.

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Maro N.

One of the best books ever. S story of strength, hope,spirituality and genius. An inspiration.

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