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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters with Addiction
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté, read by Daniel Maté.

To heal addiction, you have to go back to the start....

Dr Gabor Maté is one of the world’s most revered thinkers on the psychology of addiction. His radical findings - based on decades of work with patients challenged by catastrophic drug addiction and mental illness - are reframing how we view all human development. 

In this award-winning modern classic, Gabor Maté takes a holistic and compassionate approach to addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, sex, money or anything self-destructive. He presents it not as a discrete phenomenon confined to a weak-willed few but as a continuum that runs through (and even underpins) our society - not as a medical ‘condition’ but rather the result of a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry. 

Distilling cutting-edge research from around the world, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. Blending personal stories and science with positive solutions, and written in spellbinding prose, it is a must-listen that will change how you see yourself, others and the world. 

Tenth anniversary edition, updated with new chapter on the opioid crisis.

©2018 Gabor Maté (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Caryn
  • New Zealand
  • 10-02-2019

Mind opening and thought provoking

Amazing description of people's lives, research, philosophers and experience from many different perspectives. I found this very useful for self-learning greater understanding of others.

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informative and well researched. enjoyed.

loved it. feel well educated. enjoyed the case studies. good to get complete picture. excellent.

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  • Paul
  • 21-02-2019

Really great listen

Such wisdom as to leave you changed as a person. Mate is a gift. Thankyou

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  • Pelle stones
  • 17-02-2019

Incredibly insightful.

This book is based around addiction but good into the motivation behind almost all human behaviours and so, so much more

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  • Duncan E.
  • 16-04-2019

Enlightening listen

Having had addiction problems all my life, and having felt with them in various ways and to varying degree of success, this book has opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities and also to the fact that it’s not actually all my fault, for that I will be eternally grateful to Dr Maté.

This is a must read for anyone with addiction issues or anyone struggling with living with or in relations with an addicted person....

Many thanks..... x

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  • Mr O.
  • 13-03-2019

Moving and enlightening

Very tough listen due to the moving and emotional content, I was moved to tears on a number of occasions. Highly recommended listening for anyone who has an interest in addiction or mental health

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-2019

Not what I expected, but more.

I didn’t realise which way this book would go and was, I would say pleasantly surprised but this is a brutal and honest representation of life that I have ever read. Living with pain, both mental and physical can eat you whole as it does in this book. It’s given me so much to think about in my own life and how I treat others.

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  • gofy
  • 22-01-2019

Fantastic

The book defines our current society by now. Its a learning experience to first hand see the hungry ghost that hunts in every Being of us.

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  • Mr. Djvw Kotze
  • 04-01-2019

Excellent treatise on aspects of addiction

The scientific explanation and support chapters I enjoyed. Stories in the book are authentic experiences of doctor and patient.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

Valuable thought provoking research

Extensive links through this book linked to theory, life experiences and genetics. Thank you for all the real life vinaigrettes which enhance my understanding by bringing the book to life and in-bedding the in-depth knowledge.

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