Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

  • by Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by Traber Burns
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his long career, eminent psychotherapist and author Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. Although these people have come to Yalom seeking relief, recognition, or meaning, they discover that such things are rarely found in the places where we think to look.
Like Love's Executioner and Yalom's other writings, Creatures of a Day lays bare the necessary task we each face every day: to make our own lives meaningful.

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A book of rich experience, wonderfully narrated

If you could sum up Creatures of a Day, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy in three words, what would they be?

Irvin Yalom is a well-respected psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is well on in years. In this book, he shares some of his most moving therapy encounters, bringing us right into the room. He is warm, human, and without arrogance in these sessions and shows considerable respect and professional affection. Traber Burns is a wonderful narrator for Irvin Yalom. He does a superb job of capturing Yalom's voice, inflection and emotions -- from calm empathy to surprise. Being an account of therapy sessions the book consists largely of conversations, and Traber captures the different personalities or moods of each of the speakers -- therapist and the different patients -- so that you're never wondering who is talking, even if you've just restarted the recording.


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- MoB

Old Man Look At My Life, This Book's Made Me Bluer


"Old man, look at my life, I'm a lot like you were."

N. Young, "Old Man," 1972.

Dr. Irvin Yalom is a highly respected 84-year-old psychiatrist, who describes himself as an existential psychotherapist, providing consultations with the overriding philosophy that "we all must die" and "each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living." In the past, I've enjoyed mixed success with books by psychiatrists in which they provide an internal view of variety of anonymous cases. For example, I loved AN EXAMINED LIFE and THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT and disliked the sterile, historical analysis of SHRINKS...

Here, I didn't like this book. I should have been forewarned by the term "existential" that this would be a morbid look at cases of mostly very elderly patients and patients with terminal illnesses. No disrespect intended, but this is way too depressing for me to enjoy. Instead, it put me in a major funk. I'd try to add some levity here, such as saying that the book should be subtitled "A Fly on Geritol Wall," but the book fails to lend itself to any humor whatsoever.
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- W Perry Hall "One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.