In this groundbreaking work, Freud further demonstrated that it is in the treatment of abnormal mental states that dream analysis is the most valuable. He claimed that dreams not only reveal to us the cryptic mechanisms of phobias, obsessions, and delusions but also are the most potent weapon in the healing of them.
This book is indispensable to anyone interested in dreams and dream analysis.
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"The impact of Freudian theory on our civilization can never be ignored. For the curious and the serious, Whitfield aptly augments the exploration of this classic book....[He] interprets the heavy rhetoric with dispatch and precision, while relating the fascinating dreams with expressive interest and skill." (AudioFile)
The book is great. It's amazing that even a hundred years after its publication, readers cannot accept it.
The recording is okay, except for the actor cannot pronounce French and Italian citations properly. But I guess one cannot have everything at the same time. He's done an excellent job with this recording, anyway.
Another reviewer deals with the content of the book and I agree that it's difficult to listen to the whole thing as it gets very repetitive and far-fetched.
The reading style does not help. It is seriously bland. I have listened to other non-fiction audiobooks where I've begun to believe that the reader is the author as he/she is so keen to enthuse and persuade. Not so with this recording - no particular point is emphasised, there's no sense of wonder - it all adds to the feeling of arrogance. Towards the end I felt a sense of doom whenever I heard this man's voice.
And a niggling point - the sections in French and Latin get quite long in the opening chapter and if they're anything like the brief Italian bit, they're not particularly well-pronounced. Why not just translate them?
I bought a couple of psychology books and unfortunately, as this was the last one I came to, I had already been put off Sigmund and his theories. He seemed to adopt an incontestable attitude to his work and theories to the exclusion of all other people?s opinions or thoughts. As such, he fell out with his prot?g? Jung and as I understand it was not overly popular within his profession. This comes through in The Interpretation of Dreams as one cannot help feeling by the way it is written that you are being preached to on topics that the author believes to be absolutes and above criticism. He (the capable narrator) talks as one would about absolute certainties and it comes across as the arrogant monologue of a closed-minded individual. As for the content of the book, I managed but 4 or 5 hours before stopping and had been warned that his interpretations stretched credulity on many occasions with the most tenuous assertions about how a seemingly innocuous dream, through a sequence of ludicrous translations, brings poor Sigmund to the irrefutable conclusion that the person on the couch wants to take liberties with his own mother. In my humble opinion, Sigmund?s family life and his relationship with his own mother should provide all the enlightenment that a reader would need to draw their own conclusions about Freud!
In conclusion, I would not recommend this book if you want an overview of Freud?s theories. \"A short introduction to Freud\" (available on Audible) should suffice. I enjoyed it.
I liked some parts but i found it hard to listen to and stay focused when Freud would quote in french, so it would hold focus if a deap interest was there in understanding this piece of work from Freud
"Audio helps Reinforce Freud"
Love him or hate him, Freud was a pioneer genius. Listening to the audio helps me remember key points I missed while reading this book in college. Great purchase for anyone involved in counseling.
"My Dinner with Sigmund"
I loved this audiobook from the start. No, it's not easy to follow every detail. But listening to Freud talk about his dreams and what he makes of them is a great way to spend an hour or an evening. Let go of the details and enjoy listening to a great mind at work.
"I enjoyed listening to it"
I found the book interesting and beautifully written as if Freud was a skillful writer which made it sometimes harder for me to understand since english to me is a second language, but for those whos english is their native language, I think they will enjoy it...alot.
Also the book will make you focus on your dreams and I found that I have too many dreams, more than I thought.
The narration seems a little quick and a lot of concentration. I listen to quite a few audiobooks and this is the fastest read I've heard so far. Definitely not a relaxing experience by any means. Freud's other book " Dreams" is somewhat easier to listen to. Still, waddya going to do? Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
"A better way"
This is my first encounter with audio books at least as an adult. I rented a Star Wars audio book from Mr. Paperback, a chain book store in my area, when I was a child which I could not recount for you. I think I was intrigued by the idea of listening to text. Analyze if you will. This book is simply too much for me to read in between the countless other books I have on the waiting list and the simply dreadful labor I perform daily for the largest retailer in the world, guess who. I find the readers voice nice, as the British have a way with good narrative both on paper and in voice. I have not yet listened to the whole thing because I desire the content to stick. This book is like a friendly piece of scientific research that can at times miss my memory, so I like to listen to it more than once. If you plan on having a profession in the world of the social sciences (I know that is broad, but true), have an interest in psychology and/or psychoanalysis, or simply wish to peer into the masked world of the “dream picture.”
"Hard to Follow"
Freud's book was one of the hardest to follow I've ever heard. He moves back and forth in his concepts losing you in the reading. Part 1 and 3 really have more interesting ideas and concepts to hear.
"Put me to sleep"
I've always wanted to listen to this book but after listening to it, I'm afraid I may still have to read it as I didn't get much out of it. It did have some interesting parts but for the most part, this Dream book put me to sleep.
No. It blows
The extensive passages in French and Latin.
Well, he reads Latin and French like nobody's business.
Probably not by the author, since he's busy being dead.
Back to crotch novels for me.
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