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We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour.
The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding. Its aphoristic and elegant stories teach us a new kind of attentiveness. They also unveil a delicate self-portrait of the analyst at work, and show how lessons learned in the consulting room can reveal as much to him as to the patient. These are stories about our everyday lives: about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves, too.
©2013 Stephen Grosz (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Francisco on 11-20-17

loved it

me encantó porque es interesante, tiene lecciones de vida muy útiles y lo mejor que que te atrapa.
lo termine en un día hahaha.

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By Koe on 03-29-16

If it is possible to give 100 stars, I would

I don't read many books so it's probably sound shallow to say this is the best I have read. What matters is that I truly enjoy listening to the deep and assuring voice, narrating such a well told story. Stories of real life experiences, on how we lose and find ourselves. Thank you Stephen. Thank you Peter. Thank you Audible :)

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By Saffy on 02-13-13


I first heard some of the chapters from this when it was broadcast as Radio 4's book of the week and was so impressed that I had to download the audiobook. It is definitely my listen of the year so far. I loved the insights into people's lives and behaviour and the reasons offered for why we do the things we do really resonated with me. This is beautifully written and the narrator absolutely does justice to the writing with the slow, hypnotic reading. Stephen Grosz' words have stayed with me long after listening. An absolute must for anyone interested in the human experience.

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By James on 01-31-13

Great listen, Great Narrator

Really enjoyed this, very different from what I'd normally listen to. There is about 30 stories in here, allowing you to listen in to peoples lives for a while, very engaging. I also loved the narration, it was almost hypnotic which really suited the audiobook.

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By Beth on 03-20-16

An OK listen

It got a bit boring at times, but interesting enough. Good insight into a lot of psychological phenomena and it shows the author's deep care for his patients.

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By Sarah on 04-30-14

wonderful book

What did you like most about The Examined Life?

the stories are so so interesting and it is touching to have such a personal insight into the life of a psychoanalyst and his clients.

What about Peter Marinker’s performance did you like?

love his voice and accent, perfect for a psychoanalyst type character. he told the story so convincingly that i felt it was Stephen Grosz himself telling it.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me smile, think, laugh, cry, analyse, meditate, say uhuh, and oh wow i never knew that could be so, and made me so thankful that Stephen Grosz wrote this wonderful book and shared his stories with us.

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