• The Birth and Death of Meaning

  • An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Problem of Man; 2nd Edition
  • By: Ernest Becker
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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By: Ernest Becker
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
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The Birth and Death of Meaning uses the disciplines of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and psychiatry to explain what makes people act the way they do.

©1971 The Free Press (P)2020 Tantor

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Narrator ruins it

The narrator is good...for a comedy book. He speaks clearly but his tone is for a fun adventure book or a kids book. This book should be read by another narrator like the denial of death by the same author. I could not get past one hour

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This Is A Good Book...

and Becker is always worth reading, but even in this new edition, there is still too much Rousseau and not enough Freud. And he is just dead wrong in places, like stating that chimpanzees do not cooperate. There is footage from the 40s proving that they do, in fact, cooperate, even when it does not directly benefit both members immediately. And I never comment on narrators, but PRAH!bably having someone who sounds like Wally Shawn's half wit cousin was not the best choice here.

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Great book, but bad narration.

The book is great, but the narrator is slow and monotonous that it’s difficult to keep attention. I had to continue reading it myself.

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So annoying to listen to

The narrator makes me want to stab myself in the ears. The way EVERY sentence ends in a wobbly up down tone is driving me crazy. He is so deep into this way of speaking he can even do it with single syllable words!!
One: OOOOonnNNEEee
Men: MEEEeennNnnn

How does this happen 😭😭😭😭

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An introduction to his masterpiece

As always with Becker: 50% of the time I'm asking myself: what is this guy's talking about with all this psychoanalytical mumbo jumbo? and then the rest 50% of the time I just stand in awe and wish I could say it with precisely those words. A must read if you have any philosophical inklings, and of course this is an introduction to his masterpiece. And remember: this the conclusions of Becker's line of thought is true for any sentient being, any locus of consciousness, no matter how advanced or godlike. Therefore would hold even if the technological apotheosis of mankind forecasted by the trashumanist movement/cult comes to happen. It could be said that it is "a feature of creatureliness".
Narration leaves a lot to be desired, so much so that only a true curiosity about his work would give you the strength to endure the dissonance that will be aroused in your auditory cortex.

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get to know yourself

this book is great for getting a better understanding of who you are and what you do.