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Extraordinary uncovered work by the 16 million copy best-selling author of Man’s Search For Meaning.

Eleven months after his liberation from Auschwitz, Viktor E. Frankl held a series of public lectures in Vienna. The psychologist, who was to become world famous, explained his central thoughts on meaning, resilience and the importance of embracing life even in the face of great adversity. 

Published for the very first time, Frankl’s words resonate as strongly today as they did in 1946. He offers an insightful exploration of the maxim ‘live as if you were living for the second time’ and unfolds his basic conviction that every crisis also includes an opportunity. Despite the unspeakable horrors in the camp, Frankl learnt from his fellow inmates that it is always possible to say 'yes to life' - a profound and timeless lesson for us all. 

©2020 Viktor E Frankl (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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a brilliant summary/ reminder of Frankl's legacy

this is even more clear than Mans Search for Meaning. and the work is put in context, historically and through other great minds. really profound.

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Profound Vantage point

it was so illuminating to hear Frankls philosophy of life and worth after all he's seen and experienced in the concentration camp. in particular, his view that people have worth beyond their ability to work was refreshing.

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A short narrative of great depth

I found myself wanting more of this wisdom. This short series of lectures delivered only 9 months after Victor E Frankl ‘s liberation from Buchenwald, is a master class in existential humanism.He was still making sense of his horrendous experience, but conveys how humans may manage to endure terrible suffering. He who has why to live can endure almost any how.

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  • Christine
  • 16-01-2021

Narration not for me!

Note - the preview is not the voice of the narrator, or if it is, it is not as affected as the rest of the narration!

I will be returning this book after I write this review. I have only tried to listen for one hour but I find the voice modulation, constantly rising and sinking, impossible to follow. Given what Viktor Frankl had to live through to come to his conclusions I feel warrants a delivery with more gravitas. The voice is too affected for me although it's possible that I may be in the minority. You can always click on the narrator and listen to his delivery style of other books to see if it is to your taste. :-D

I will however buy the book.

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  • David Lipschitz
  • 04-05-2020

An unexpected pleasure

How incredible it is to hear a new Viktor Frankl book which has so much import for a Covid19 world. It was written in 1946, but it feels as if it was written in 2020 and it it so important for the world right now.

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  • C. L. Lester
  • 15-05-2020

inspiring

Frankl was truly a brave and inspiring man. This book has given me insight into finding meaning in suffering. I listened to this audio book during the peek of the covid 19 pandemic. It has allowed me to see that I can say yes to life despite being isolated from those I love.

The audio book is easy to listen to .

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  • Ros F
  • 14-06-2020

Much needed perspective on our petty sorrows and frustrations.

Thought provoking and salutary. Prompted to ‘read’ Frankl and this publication specifically having heard him / it being discussed on Radio 4’s ‘It’s all in the mind’ programme this week. So glad I did. I’m a clinical psychologist and I think this book could be very helpful for those who struggle to see the way out of the paralysis created by a depressive or hopeless state of mind. It’s not an easy book to listen to but the effort pays dividends.

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