Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £26.29

Buy Now for £26.29

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

At the age of 74, best-selling author Irvin Yalom turns his attention to one of the great human questions: our fear of death. He suggests that what he calls the 'awakening experience' can help us acknowledge, accept, and make use of our fear of death in a positive manner. These awakening experiences often follow a loss, a trauma, or the death of a loved one, illness or just growing old. Yalom shows us how such an awakening can be the turning point for a more meaningful life.

This is a practical and tremendously useful book that includes methods and techniques for dealing with the most prevalent kinds of fear: anxiety that is hidden and appears to us as other problems in our lives. Dr. Yalom argues that once we confront our own mortality, we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.

©2010 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What listeners say about Staring at the Sun

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    157
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    113
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    120
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

must read

Life would be so much easier if everyone read books like this one.
definitely worth your credit.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good book but narration is patchy

Really good book. Useful for therapists, less as a technical manual but more for a broad process level exploration of very important therapeutic matters.

I found the narration problematic. For the first few chapters I genuinely thought it was a robot. I either habituated to it, or the narration improved after that.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Discussion of death anxiety w personal stories

Interesting read about existential psychotherapy and death anxiety written in accessible way with many illustrative anecdotes. However becomes repetitive and in places presents theories as true facts rather than just theories, and emphasises dreams a lot. Sometimes feels self-help rather than informative.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Yalom never disapoints

What did you like most about Staring at the Sun?

Yalom is able to be honest and open about himself as a therapist and a person

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't name an exact character but every one made a point and got a message across

Any additional comments?

If you liked this you will love 'Love's Executioner'. Yalom writes so well. As a counsellor I have found reading Yalom to be inspiring.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Insightful read

I liked the openness Yalom gives & the interactions he talks about with his clients. Insightful & thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anyone who is working with death anxiety.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Inspiring and helpful

Where does Staring at the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best one (out of four I've listened to)

What did you like best about this story?

An inspiring guide to 'staring at the sun, with plenty of inspiration for work with clients. Also great just as a book about thinking about death.

Which character – as performed by Sean Mangan – was your favourite?

No characters in this book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's not that kind of book

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very helpful during hard times .

My therapist recommend to read this book,as I'm dealing with a tragic lost in our family. It has very powerful and incredible approach in understanding death fears. Simple language and amazing conclusion.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing and inspiring book

I absolutely loved this book...so much so that I will listen to it again soon ( and I never read booksore than once). Wonderful writing from Yalom, as usual, and lovely narration.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great read

loved it. Yalom never fails to face the hard topics with grace and distinction. thought provoking and mirrored some of my own death anxiety.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very annoying reading

the narrator reads the book if that would be a fiction story, not the book based on experience of therapeutic relationships. I found it very hard to concentrate as the voice exaggerates to excessive degree. The narrator puts to much pressure on the sound of his voice and I finding hard to trust him, or believe he understands of what he reads.