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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
Written by: Lori Gottlieb
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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"An irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition." (Kirkus, starred review)

"Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing." (Katie Couric)

"This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book." (Arianna Huffington, founder, Huffington Post and founder & CEO, Thrive Global)

"Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book." (Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet)

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world - where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).  

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.  

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives - a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a 20-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys - she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.  

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.  

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.

©2019 Lori Gottlieb (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"Brittany Pressley performs this audiobook at a fast pace that will be familiar to listeners who live in large, bustling cities. But she knows how to moderate her energy for the tender sections, and her overall performance sounds authentic, conversational, and true to the core intentions of the author's story....Portrayed by Pressley, [the author] also sounds like someone you know, which makes her observations and insights all the more accessible." (AudioFile Magazine)

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maybe I should!

Maybe this was the right book at the right time, or maybe it's simply fantastic. I found the stories fascinating and the psychology compelling. I think I'll be listening to it again!

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sad that it ended!

As a new therapist I found this book to be so relatable! I would recommend it to anyone in this field, at times it feels as if you are conferencing with a colleague who is vulnerable and wise

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Humanity and vulnerability at its very best

Lori Gottlieb explains amazing perspectives and thought processes through the eyes of the patient and the therapist. Such a unique story. So simple yet so moving. Definitely a book to read

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great listen

the story was well written and smoothly transition between the stories of the author's patients and her own life. The narrator did an excellent job performing this piece, expertly capturing the different characters' personality with her voice.

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Fantastic!

such and engaging and deeply human book. I loved every minute of listening to it. Lori is a brilliant and hilarious author, an absolute pleasure being invited into her experiences.

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An eye opener and life changing

I'm sad that I have finished the book. It's one of these books that I will be recommending for many people. I will be viewing people differently after listening to this book, specifically those who are hard to deal with.

for myself, I will have someone to talk to, and you should too if you live in pain.

The book followed the stories of couple individuals, revealing their stories and in turn shed the light gradually and explained their behaviours. It was hard to put down and I enjoyed listening to it.

If you take my humble advice, read this book, it might change the way you view yourself and others.

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  • Amy
  • 2019-06-24

Favourite of the year

Out of the 60+ books I've read this year, this has been my favourite. It was addictive and thought provoking.

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Laughed.. Cried.. Identified!!!

This was a fabulous audiobook! Highly recommended to everyone. Usually I enjoy fictional thrillers but this book truly struck a cord with me. Real life situations that will make you weep and laugh and most of all learn from them. I think this book can help all of us in our journey through life.

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  • 2019-06-07

Thank you

I can't help but admit how much I loved this book. From the genuine style, stories, depth, and even narration. I truely did not want it to end but was so happy to see it though. I could picture each scene and in a way I don't often from narration. The story was touching, witty, and so true to my own experiences, I felt like I could have been there. 10/10 WILL listen again, but probably because I am not sure another book will compare at the moment. Thank you Lori

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excellent

I loved this book I didn't want it to end very real I would recommend it to anyone

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  • elizabeth
  • 2019-04-09

Great listen, great narration

I loved this. Honest, laugh out loud funny at some moments, and other moments that had be bawling. Intimate without being overwhelming. Narrator was perfectly cast. I’ve already recommended this audiobook to other friends, worth a listen. It made me think seriously about how I talk to myself and made me want to hug my therapist.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-12

I'm going to miss the narrator...

Loved it! I literally just finished listening to it and I'm considering listening to it again right now. It provides great insight into how therapy works and why anyone and everyone would benefit of seeing a therapist (the right therapist, that is). I think there is a take-away for everyone in this book.

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  • Erin M. Bleier
  • Studio City, CA United States
  • 2019-04-08

Clear your schedule and take a ride

This is an incredible journey through the art of therapy —- told by a therapist who sees a therapist — and the lessons she learns from him and her patients through the years. Expertly crafted, funny, self-deprecating and brutally honest, this is a must listen. I laughed, cried and took deep breathes as Gottlieb wove her life’s work into a book that anyone in therapy or in pain will most likely find astonishingly illuminating in their own lives. I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Ariel
  • 2019-04-11

An amazing story that touched all five of my senses

This book was comical, yet emotional on every level. I laughed, I cried, I hugged my loved ones a little tighter. A book that was written so well it played like a movie in my head. I could taste the Chinese chicken salad Jon brought into his sessions, I could hear Julie and her boyfriend laughing and crying together, I could see Ruby’s art, and I could feel every emotion expressed throughout this amazing piece of work. Thank you so much for sharing Lori.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-08

Much enjoyed!

I blasted through this book. I fell in love with Lori, identified heavily with her, her clients and the overall narrative throughout the book. I cried and laughed and reflected in my own experiences. If you’ve spent time in therapy or are a therapist I highly recommend.

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  • Shannuge
  • 2019-06-13

Best Book I’ve Read This Year

This book is heartwarming, funny, insightful, and moving. If I had to pick one book I read this year that truly changed how I feel and approach my daily life, it’s this one. Lori’s ability to normalize our humanity and the idea of having a therapist is so grounding. Her emphasis on the importance of connection to others and creating meaning in our lives is both comforting and inspirational.

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  • Carolyn
  • 2019-04-19

A book about humanity

This book was insightful into the human condition, as the speaker showed us the compassion she had for others’ pain, as well as her own. The stories were raw and honest and so beautifully told. I thought of myself through the experiences of others and came out with a new hopeful perspective. The author clearly has such admiration for humanity and it’s complexities. I loved this book and read it all too quickly. I know you’ll enjoy it!

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  • Dan Preston
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 2019-07-04

Fine if you like to listen and never think

While a witty concept, this story spoon feeds you its intent. As though the author says, “Don’t try to think. Don’t try to understand the characters and how I have woven them intricately together. I will peel off every layer and completely expose my intent to you.” By the end it get more like a child’s read a loud at circle time.

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  • Carla
  • 2019-05-28

Hard to finish!

While there were a few interesting and poignant stories in the book (Julie's story in particular), I found myself having a hard time finishing! The author reveals very specific details about her patients' lives, but she was pretty vague and guarded about her own. For example, she talks about a "mystery illness" that was really affecting her quality of life, but instead of exploring how that made her feel, she glosses over it, and never provides much closure to the reader. This book was a bit of a downer, and I don't think I'd recommend it.

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  • Molly Bolt
  • Oregon
  • 2019-04-24

too much focus on John

I really wanted to like this book. But Gottlieb spends too much time sharing session information about her client, John, who refers to everyone as "idiots." I was much more interested in the parts where she discusses her own therapy and her sessions with the cancer patient, but I fail to understand other readers'/listeners' enthusiasm for the "story."

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