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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters with Addiction
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté, read by Daniel Maté.

To heal addiction, you have to go back to the start....

Dr Gabor Maté is one of the world’s most revered thinkers on the psychology of addiction. His radical findings - based on decades of work with patients challenged by catastrophic drug addiction and mental illness - are reframing how we view all human development. 

In this award-winning modern classic, Gabor Maté takes a holistic and compassionate approach to addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, sex, money or anything self-destructive. He presents it not as a discrete phenomenon confined to a weak-willed few but as a continuum that runs through (and even underpins) our society - not as a medical ‘condition’ but rather the result of a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry. 

Distilling cutting-edge research from around the world, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. Blending personal stories and science with positive solutions, and written in spellbinding prose, it is a must-listen that will change how you see yourself, others and the world. 

Tenth anniversary edition, updated with new chapter on the opioid crisis.

©2018 Gabor Maté (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Really great listen

Such wisdom as to leave you changed as a person. Mate is a gift. Thankyou

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Incredibly insightful.

This book is based around addiction but good into the motivation behind almost all human behaviours and so, so much more

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wow!

loved it, narration was fantastic. subject hit home , gave insight and delivered revelations . could be life changing . I'll let you know

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Hung on every word

I've absolutely loved this book. the first four hours were just stories about people he'd worked with, if you wanted to drop a few of those you wouldn't miss tons of content. similarly, the chapter about the war on drugs (that I recommend, it was fascinating), you could skip it without missing vital content. For me, the end of the book, with the focus being on healing, was transformative and I literally hung on every word.

I think the use of the word addiction is misleading, this book is for everyone, not just those who've found themselves addicted to something (behaviours or practices). I think about so many people who could use the information I've gained here, people who struggle to connect with themselves, to take good care of themselves or to communicate with their loved ones.

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Enlightening listen

Having had addiction problems all my life, and having felt with them in various ways and to varying degree of success, this book has opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities and also to the fact that it’s not actually all my fault, for that I will be eternally grateful to Dr Maté.

This is a must read for anyone with addiction issues or anyone struggling with living with or in relations with an addicted person....

Many thanks..... x

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Incredibly informative on addiction

This is quite a heavy topic but Gabor has a fascinating story to tell from his own past and also from his vast experience as a doctor in this area.

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The best audiobook I've listened to

This really is a masterpiece on the difficult subject of addiction. Written with wisdom from the years of practice in addiction medicine, plus the humility of an addict himself, Gabor Maté recounts stories that brought me to tears and yet gave me hope. Narrated by his son Daniel as if it were a play, these beautiful words come to life and enter the soul.
Beginning with stories before transitioning to useful and easily understandable science, the book spans the genres of biographies & self-help (although it is so much wiser than most of the nonsense in that latter category!). Maté's own story, including upbringing as a Jew in Nazi occupied territory, is interwoven with spiritual teachings from various wisdom traditions, giving his account a wonderfully diverse & inclusive feel. There is reference to 12-step programs also and a modified (secular) method for readers to put into practice.
I really cannot give this book enough praise! I'm listening again for the second time now. and I'm sure will listen repeatedly over the years to come....

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Fascinating

I enjoyed this book, it was interesting and informative and even made me look at some of my behaviours and ask why I do them again and again.

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Another life saving and life affirming book

Thanks Gabor xxx I've read your book and listened to you. Please keep your helpful work going

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Moving and enlightening

Very tough listen due to the moving and emotional content, I was moved to tears on a number of occasions. Highly recommended listening for anyone who has an interest in addiction or mental health