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2.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 5 2.86 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noam Shpancer Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400189274
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Noam Shpancer's stunning debut novel opens as a psychologist reluctantly takes on a new client—an exotic dancer whose severe anxiety is keeping her from the stage. The psychologist, a solitary professional who also teaches a lively night class, helps the client confront her fears. But as treatment unfolds, her struggles and secrets begin to radiate onto his life, upsetting the precarious balance in his unresolved relationship with Nina, a married former colleague with whom he has a child—a child he has never met. As the shell of his detachment begins to crack, he suddenly finds himself too deeply involved, the boundary lines between professional and personal, between help and harm, blurring dangerously.

With its wonderfully distinctive narrative voice, rich with humor and humanity, The Good Psychologist leads the listener on a journey into the heart of the therapy process and beyond, examining some of the fundamental questions of the soul: to move or be still; to defy or obey; to let go or hold on. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Intelligent and (dare one say?) deeply psychologized fiction.... Shpancer strikes a beautiful balance between the analytical and the personal, the tormented subjectivity of the patient and the arduous objectivity of the psychologist. Kirkus Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/2/2011

    " Wow, this was a slow burner. If you like therapy or anything to do with psychology, this is a keeper. The novel's central voice of a conflicted therapist/professor is truly intriguing. His relationships are so interesting. LOVED it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shari | 3/7/2011

    " I kept waiting and waiting to get to the "meat" of the novel. It never came. The story seems to circle around him relating his relationships to the class he is teaching. Maybe I just missed the point, but nothing seemed to be resolved. The surprise ending was that it ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madae | 2/15/2011

    " I picked this book up at the library and thought it sounded interesting. I found it hard to get into, dry to read and I didn't care much for the characters. Just wasn't my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 12/28/2010

    " This book was interesting, but not wildly so, and pedaantic at times which made me want to skip ahead. It was interesting to see the interaction of the psych and Tiffany (his pole dancing patient). Not a compelling read but mildly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 12/7/2010

    " Some interesting psychological theories and methods described in this book, but I never approached the point of caring about any of the characters. I kept waiting to be drawn in to the story, but it never happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/21/2010

    " skimmed the end, vaguely curious about the way a couple characters ended up...so so "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 11/13/2010

    " prob more interesting to me as a therapist "

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About the Author
Author Noam Shpancer

Noam Shpancer was born and raised on an Israeli kibbutz. He received his PhD at Purdue University, with specialty areas in clinical and developmental psychology. He is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a licensed practicing clinical psychologist. Shpancer lives in Columbus, Ohio.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.