This material was huge! The notion of what true suffering really is (and how the author dealt with it) has brought deeper perspective to my life.
This book showed up on three different book lists that are part of my normal magazine subscriptions. I figured that I had better get this! As other stated, the first part of the book is great for anyone...trying to understand suffering and the human condition and how the mind works under these circumstances is quite fascinating. The remainder of the book was of interest to me just because I'm always searching for more knowledge. Really, overall it was a very good book to expand ones horizons.
One of the most important and insightful books ever written. Explores the reason why some phycially fit prisoners persihed, and others, appearing less strong, survived. It forces one to think about what is meaningful and what adds meaning to life. Its a book that stays and haunts.
I enjoyed the first half of this book very much; the second half less so. Frankl's description of the concentration camps and their physical and emotional effects on the prisoners was very moving. As stated in other reviews, the second half of the book is a very technical essay on Logo-therapy, and will only be truly appreciated by readers with an interest in psychology/psychiatry. I would give the first half of the book five stars and the second half 2 stars, for an average of 3.5 stars.
I misinterpreted the Frankl's goal in writing this book. I was thinking he was offering insight into the concentration camps in order to link the stories of holocaust survivors to our human ability to deal with day-to-day tragedies. The first part of the book was insightful, however, when Frankl reverts to psychiatric theory I was lost. If psychology/psychiatry is your area of expertise I think you would find more value in this book.
Viktor Frankl's recollection of the Concentration Camps will shock you as to the mental anquish that people can endure. I highly recommend this audiobook for those individuals who want to understand the meaning of life.
Frankl developed the revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy.