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Publisher's Summary

The collection of 10 absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient.

The audio version of the book includes an exclusive interview with Dr. Yalom.

©1989 Irvin Yalom (P)2013 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

The saying, “You can’t make this stuff up” lives in the cases Irvin D. Yalom shares with us. Considering that not much action happens in most of the stories, each has its own way of reaching out and touching you, deeply. Some stories don’t just touch, they grab and hold on. We all, each of us, struggle. In excellent narrative form, Yalom consistently weaves this thread throughout and between the stories. This connected commiseration binds the reader/listener to the perspectives of both the therapist and his patients, while it also keeps the reader/listener in full appreciation of the art of narrative, simply for the sake of story, which in this collection happens to be true and, as such, more intriguing.

Please note, I did not pay attention to the narrator’s by line before engaging in the listen— I know, shame on me. The certainty that the voice in my ear was author Irvin D. Yalom remained fully in tact until the writing of this review. Narrator C.M. Carlson speaks the trials in this book with the ease and connectedness of a person who has known firsthand knowledge of and experience with each patient. Carlson delivers a quintessential voiceover experience— one that is free of a grating voice; over dramatization; insufficient pitch or enunciation; poor or non-existent character distinction; and most difficult of all (in my humble opinion), detectible gaps between story and narrator. I dropped a star because in several areas, extraneous background noise injects itself into the production. Had the noise been more strategically placed, it would have worked well as chapter markers, which was exactly what I thought it was at first. The noise occurs more frequently in the first few stories than the latter. It took me a while to figure out that the rather jilting interruptions were jet engines. This is another prime example of why Audible should add an “Editing” or “Production” rating category. Since there is none, and because the likelihood that Carlson was aware of his proximity to an airport and the correlating noise level, I’m knocking off what could have been a perfect narration score.

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Required reading for any therapist

I didn't know this is what I have been looking for until I read it. A must read for therapists, or potential therapist, gives a colorful representation of what it is like to work with clients.

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Espectacular read

Personal, incisive, honest and exposing. I enjoyed every single story and the connections that each patient had with my own fears, shame, anger and disappointments. Yalom's candid observations about himself were so meaningful as well. Wow...What a gift of a book!

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One of my favourite book

This is probably the third time I read this, but the first time reading this by audiobook. It was portraits quite nicely, and the voice change helps me getting into the scene. Well done!

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Beautifully written, wonderfully read!

Carlson beautifully reads these wonderfully insightful case presentations from Yalom, which should be read by any aspiring counseling psychologist. Very difficult to stop listening!!

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Fascinating insight into a therapist's world

Beautiful short stories from the practice vault of Dr Yalom. Candid, heartwarming, sometimes shocking. I found some parts of the narration challenging. As each chapter is distinct from one another it was disconcerting to go from one to the next without so much as a pause. It was also difficult to tell the characters apart in some of the stories as there was no change of voice (or maybe i needed to concentrate more!).

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Amazing!

There's not much to say that hasn't been said. The stories are enthralling and heart wrenching. The insights are invaluable and made me take pause to look at my own life.

The narrator is fantastic and the best I've heard so far.

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Great novel about psychotherapy.

Loved to listen to this novel. The story does show it was written 30 years ago but the themes are relevant to today's culture.

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must read for any clinician

aa a therapist this book was very important to me for Yalom's open self-disclosure. it was refreshing for a clinician to open up about their insecurities. very well done, as usual for Irvin Yalom.

the narrator was very good with the exception of the voice for Marvin, that felt a little fake and lazy to me, otherwise the voices were great.

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I couldn't stop listening and I wanted more
This book is thought provoking and for me that's very important when I am reading a book
It gives you the chance to think about the case being presented, and also to think about yourself, similar stories in your life or your loved ones' lives
I did learn a lot, while I absolutely enjoyed it
Learning should be this way, it's not a chore, you listen to true stories and you are learning and growing along with it.
I highly recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-19

Wonderful book - one quibble about recording

A small but very irritating point detracted from what is otherwise an excellent book and an excellent reading: there is no pause between chapters. Seeing as each chapter always builds to a poignant and thought-provoking ending, often with a particularly carefully chosen final sentence, the breathless catapult into the next chapter is very jarring and spoils what should be a very satisfying dramatic moment in the storytelling. A careless oversight and something that could be easily fixed.

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  • Peter J.
  • 04-08-19

Great Book, Odd Narration

The book is wonderful, a Yalom classic. The reading/narration, as some other reviewers have noted, is a bit odd. For me it was too fast and unvaried in tone. After a few minutes, I’d realise I wasn’t listening anymore. The reading is too monotonous, lacking pauses for emphasis or a breath of air. Slowing down the speed on the Audible app made it more listenable.

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  • fitztaylor
  • 04-26-16

loves executioner

fabulously narrated and a revealing glimpse into the mind of a psychotherapist through an examination of 10 case studies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-21

Iconic book

This is an exceptional book in my opinion. I could not stop listening to these stories! As a psychologist myself, I found the stories of these patients and Yalom's own methods truly inspirational.
Because this book is written in true story format, without much theoretical explanation, it reads so easily and is in my opinion just as interesting for non-caregivers who are just interested in human nature. Can't wait to read more of Yalom's work now. As a psychologist, it can be so overwhelming trying to stay up to date with all the schools of thought and all the theories. This material makes for a truly organic and inspiring read without being so scholaric. A book to remember!

Ps. 4 stars for performance because it's a little annoying there's no (tiny) pause between chapters. The narrator is great.

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  • Viktoria Bozso
  • 01-19-21

Great read, informative and interesting.

As a trainee therapist I really appreciate when theory and practice come together in a book. Makes it easy to understand, and remember. I loved every second of this book.

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  • marcia pinnock
  • 11-19-20

Amazingly fascinating book

I really enjoyed listening to the fascinating encounters revealed from the therapy room coupled with the therapists candid and authentic introspection

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  • Olga
  • 09-22-20

Great book

Enjoyed different accents put on by the narrator. But please add some pauses between the chapters! So annoying the next chapter starts straight away, ruining the effect from the closing remarks in a previous story.

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  • Enas
  • 12-05-19

one of my favourite books ever

for someone who's interested in psychoanalysis, I found this book very intriguing, educational to some extend, but still simple and catchy. I always recommend it to friends

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  • Pomble
  • 12-14-17

Absolutely fantastic.

I loved this book. it was brilliantly narrated, although I struggled with the narrator at first. stick with it and prepare to be amazed at done of these true stories!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-21

Timeless enjoyment!

Made my forest walks even more enjoyable! I found this book to be so enlightening and caused me to self reflect and question my own thoughts!

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  • Nicky Webber
  • 08-26-17

Challenging Convention

Fascinating insight into psychological patients struggle wth loss. Real life case studies and the challenges of therapy. Well written with real gems of wisdom. Providing powerful food for thought. excellent book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-22

Phenomenal

Could not stop listening to this one. Every reader is bound to meet themselves & many others in the patients Dr. Yalom describes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-22

psychotherapy told by a story teller

the cases are beautifully delivered and this classic offers many insights for the up and coming therapist

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-22

Powerful and immersive storytelling

This book consists of a number of powerful and immersive stories told eliquently. It's not a book to listen to while cooking, but rather one to truly pay full attention to. Once you do, you'll be transformed to the patients' world and then the therapist's. Furthermore, you'll hear insights to apply to your own life, either as a therapist, friend or human being living a complex life. It truly is a noteworthy book that might just provide priceless insight and reflection into your own life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Truly wonderful reading.

Truly wonderful reading for an early career Psychologist. Yalom is a true genius of his field.

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  • Rach
  • 12-15-20

Great book

Each story captures the interest. Irvin is opens himself up and provides great insight into growth as a therapist. Highly recommend.

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  • Tristan
  • 09-06-20

Great for a trainee counselling

As a trainee counsellor, I’m really enjoying Dr Yalom’s stories and they are a real insight if you are delving into the work done by psychologists and psychotherapists. The narrration isn’t as bad as some people on here suggest it is, although I do admit it is a little mechanical at times and there probably needs to be more of a short pause in between each chapter. Really enjoying it though, and it has more than met my expectations

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  • omid monfared
  • 07-11-20

very bad narrator

so far the worst Audible book I've listened to. The narrator was so monotonous and robotic couldn't tell the difference between characters and constantly losing the story line.
The book itself has amazing content though just misrepresented by the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-19

great story

highly recommended for anyone with an interest in psychology, therapy, how people think and deal with tough times