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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Kerr Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781482981544
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In 1907 Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung began what promised to be both a momentous collaboration and the deepest friendship of each man’s life. Six years later they were bitter antagonists, locked in a savage struggle that was as much personal and emotional as it was theoretical and professional. In between them stood a young woman named Sabina Spielrein, who had been both patient and lover to Jung and colleague and confidante to Freud before going on to become an innovative psychoanalyst herself. Drawing on years of research (and a cache of recently discovered documents), this mesmerizing book reconstructs the fatal triangle of Freud, Jung, and Spielrein. It encompasses clinical method and politics, hysteria and anti-Semitism, sexual duplicity and intellectual brilliance wielded as blackmail. Learned, humane, and impossible to put down, A Most Dangerous Method is intellectual history with the narrative power and emotional impact of great tragedy. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Both a superb cultural history and a gripping narrative…A model—and daring—work…Anyone interested in the life of the mind will be richer for reading it.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Kerr is clever and thorough, ingenious and reasonable. He orders an enormous amount of material…His overall picture is convincing and in many ways highly surprising.”

    Independent (London)

  • “This exciting study sheds much new light on the vexed Jung-Freud partnership and on the current status of psychoanalysis.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kerr has written a fascinating history of psychoanalysis focusing on its origin as a clinical method of psychotherapy.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasey N'her | 2/16/2014

    " Reads like a very long thesis. Its not a novel, do not expect conversation, depictions of place and time, etc. This book, while fascinating, can be a difficult read for those without prior knowledge of a theoretical base in psychology and previous practice at reading and deciphering research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. | 2/8/2014

    " Personal politics/philosophy as science with a side of spanking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel Farabaugh | 2/1/2014

    " I just cannot continue reading this book. The back and forth between the two protagonists is not particularly engaging and the author fails to put this into a larger context. I still really do not know what the role of the woman is in the whole story. It has just degenerated into a series of minutia from letters written back and forth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 1/12/2014

    " Having seen the movie I now must know how much was fact and how much fiction. However, had I known (before ordering online) there were 511 pages of small print to navigate, I would have been willing to stay in the dark....this is certainly going to take some getting through and likely to stay "currently-reading" for some time to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shinji007 | 12/31/2013

    " It is a fascinating account of two brilliant men and a clashing of identities. Sex, hidden liaisons; it's all here! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 June Blakely | 12/29/2013

    " I did not quite finish this book. The book is written on a professional level, and it was much more in depth than I was comfortable with. I would highly recommend it to those who adhere to the psychoanalytic theory, as it explores the history quite thoroughly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Griffin | 12/5/2013

    " This was interesting but some parts of it were a bit hard to follow because of a lack of historical context. I ended up spending a lot of time on wikipedia so it took a while to get through. It was worth the effort though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 11/26/2013

    " An excellent, well-worth-the-effort-to-persevere-read, for an in-depth understanding of the personalities of Jung and Freud and a very belated understanding of the importance of Sabina Spielrein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/21/2013

    " A great introduction to the Freud and Jung relationship. Where they divided, where they merged, and how Sabina Speilrein influence their work without really any due credit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 9/11/2013

    " Academic but accessible. Enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 8/22/2013

    " Too much by way of jargon for the general reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Jordan | 8/5/2013

    " Itis very indepth in the description of both carl Jung's methodology and how he came to his conclusions. I like the way Kerr contrasts and compares Jung to Freud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zabetta Camilleri | 7/5/2013

    " Thought it was more about the 'love story' as in the movie. This book is much more about the actual physiologists. A bit weird though, seems to be more interested in saying who went where when etc than their actual school of thought "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 9/29/2012

    " Excellent book with thorough research about the foibles and frailties of early psychoanalytic icons and the way they use/used women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarrah | 7/29/2012

    " The original documentary of Sabina Spielrein was captivating. Not to be to closely compared to A Most Dangerous Method. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/16/2012

    " An interesting look at the"human" side of both Jung and Freud. Seemed rather hard to fathom, that a very sick patient winds up being a love object for Jung, and goes on to be an analyst herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxy | 4/30/2012

    " A fascinating book. However, it is more a book for those with medical knowledge. It is a little dry and clinical with lots of medical jargon. If this book was in plain english it would be able to reach a far wider audience, and would have been more of a captivating tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/15/2012

    " Halfway through at the moment. It's a thick read. Much more an in-depth academic inquiry than I initially suspected. But truly fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/4/2012

    " Changes everything you know about C. G. Jung. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 11/23/2011

    " audio -- the intro was long and this is 18 discs. Hope it is worthy of all those hours of listening. I did not finish this long dissertation. I got the idea. This is above my IQ. "

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About the Author

John Kerr was trained as a clinical psychologist at New York University. He is an editor at the Analytic Press, a scholarly press specializing in works on psychoanalysis, and was coeditor and a contributor to Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis. He divides his time between Boston and New York City.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.