Thoughts Without a Thinker

  • by Mark Epstein
  • Narrated by Mark Epstein
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Upon its first publication, this path breaking book launched an explosion of interest in how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. Since then, the worlds of Buddhism and psychotherapy have been forged into a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life.
In his insightful introduction, Mark Epstein reflects on this revolution and considers how it is likely to evolve in the future.


What the Critics Say

“Mark Epstein’s book is inspired in its lucidity . . . After Thoughts Without a Thinker, psychotherapy without a Buddhist perspective looks like a diminished thing.” (Adam Phillips, author of On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored)
“A groundbreaking work…The book will take its place among the classics of the literature of meditation.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)
“A marvelous book that is at once scholarly and fresh, informative and personal.” (Stephen A. Mitchell, author of Freud and Beyond)


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What did you like best about Thoughts Without a Thinker? What did you like least?

Dr. Epstein's writing is excellent and his skillful account of the topic at hand is obvious. I have no doubt that this would make for a fine traditional book read. As an audiobook, however, his presentation of the material severely diminished its effectiveness. The writer's narration sounded unenthusiastic and dull and I was unable to complete listening to the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Epstein again?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Epstein?

A professional narrator.

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- Bradley E. Hieger

Thank you Mark Epstein!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely! Mark Epstein was one of the first buddhism teachers I discovered and his psychology background intrigued me when I was a young college student. The first book I read was Going on Being, and since then I've learned so much about meditation and buddhism and I reread that book recently and realized how he was the first one I read that started me on this path. I am continuing my path with all of his books on audio now. This one, Thoughts without a thinker, is my favorite!

What other book might you compare Thoughts Without a Thinker to and why?

It's a stand alone book.

What about Mark Epstein’s performance did you like?

That he reads it, that he makes it feel like you are there talking with him.

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

Yes! And I have more than once.

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- Kindred44

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio