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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (843 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irvin D. Yalom Narrator: Gregory Gorton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Irvin D. Yalom is an author whose bestselling trade books and novels tell compelling, dramatic, and illuminating stories with which readers can identify.  

At 74, Yalom has penned a book that is the climax of his lifework, focusing on the universal human issues of mortality and death. He suggests that what he calls the “awakening experience” can help us acknowledge, accept, and utilize our fear of death in a very positive manner. Such an awakening experience can be as simple as a dream, or quick as a sudden insight. It is often a loss, a trauma, or just plain aging that can prompt an awakening experience that is a turning point for a more meaningful life. He discusses how people can make lasting changes in their lives, rearrange their priorities, communicate more deeply with those they love, eliminate interpersonal fears of rejection, and increase a willingness to take risks for personal fulfillment and a life filled with love.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unlike many psychotherapists, Yalom writes like a dream.”

    Oxford Times

  • “The idea that the anxiety of facing death can prompt an awakening to life strikes a powerful chord.”

    Bookseller

  • “Yalom is the Scherherazade of the couch, his work a marvelous exercise in storytelling.”

    New York Times

  • “While the existential realities of death, isolation, and meaninglessness may seem at first bleak and full of despair, Dr. Yalom’s existential approach helps his readers frame these realities in positive and meaningful ways that foster personal growth and intensify our connections to others and to the world around us.”

    Harold Ramis, actor, writer, director, GhostbustersGroundhog Day, and Analyze This

  • “One of America’s finest therapists guides us through one of life’s most challenging tasks in this profoundly helpful book. It will benefit anyone who reads it.”

    Harold S. Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/19/2014

    " I'm reading this for research for my master's thesis. Again, Yalom is very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth | 2/15/2014

    " I found this book to be a must read in pondering death. Whether it be the death of a loved one or yourself. Yalom offers a unique secular perspective on death that offers one the ability to cope with the anxiety of death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karolina Oracz | 1/26/2014

    " Such an approachable style... So humane... An amazing example... It's so easy to almost read it too fast and then being happy to read it again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Bambery | 1/24/2014

    " Glad I read this book. I think the general premise of the book is true, the more (directly) we think about our mortality the more we are liberated. It is certainly a sobering book at times, however, and perhaps not for everyone. I also disagree with some of his interpretations of epicurean philosophy. That being said, Yalom is Yalom and he remains one of my favorite authors. "

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About the Author
Author Irvin D. Yalom

Irvin D. Yalom, MD, is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Love’s Executioner, Theory and Practice in Group Psychotherapy, and When Nietzsche Wept. He lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.