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Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Written by: Carl Gustav Jung
Narrated by: Christopher Prince
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the classic introduction to the thought of Carl Jung. Along with Freud and Adler, Jung was one of the chief founders of modern psychiatry. In this book, Jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology: dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion.

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"No one who is interested in modern thought can afford to miss this brilliant, literally soul-searching volume." ( New York Times)

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This is a dry listen - be prepared to focus

I knew this wasn't going to be a light listening book going in, but wow this requires a lot of intense concentration. I sometimes forgot a point or thesis that was made and 5 minutes later the topic of discussion was still referring to that point and I couldn't make any useful connections. Very challenging. Not quite what I thought it would be. Very academic reading. Also, the narrator does not do a great job of keeping you engaged, it's all up to you. Make sure you drink your coffee before this one.

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  • m&m
  • 2018-11-29

A must read for anyone with interest in psychology

Great listen. Listeners must keep in mind that this dates from the 30s. but it very interesting and insightful.

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Immensely Valuable Book

I truly enjoyed this book, hearing it read was great for understanding concepts. However, the speakers voice was easy to dismiss. His speaking was clear and concise, but it just lulled me / morphed into white noise at points. I had to rewind several times due to getting distracted. Compared to the other Carl Jung books which heavily drew me in based off the enthusiasm of the speaker, this book took longer to complete based off that.

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A classic well presented

Worth the time and effort for all those who seek to understand themselves. Necessary for the journey of life.

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Dry listen... but it's a gem.

This was not easy content to listen to and the performance was a bit dry. I had to press the -30 sec button many times. However, I know that I'll be coming back to this book many, many times throughout the years to come. What a gem.

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good content really dense

i liked the content but it feels too formal, too dense to quickly read. Some chapters are really dry. The narrator also has a very monotone voice so you keep zoning out.

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much to ponder

I will need to listen to it again. There's too much to take in while driving. I often found myself grappling with one idea and then missing the next few minutes because I was lost in thought.

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  • The Critic
  • 2015-04-24

Could have almost been an automated text reader

What did you like best about Modern Man in Search of a Soul? What did you like least?

The text was very interesting but the read was robotic. A some point, I thought I was listening to my mac reading me a book.

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  • PNW Prime
  • 2015-12-17

WOW ... why wasn't I exposed to Jung much earlier?

Would you consider the audio edition of Modern Man in Search of a Soul to be better than the print version?

Personally yes because I struggle with finding time to sit down and digest something like this without loosing interest or falling asleep. With audio version I can listen while taking a hike, mowing the lawn or doing chores

Who was your favorite character and why?

The biggest thing that struck me was Jung's way of combining spiritual, scientific and philosophical. I LOVE IT! I think this is the closest to an all inclusive approach as I have ever heard, much better than "modern" cognitive behavioral therapy (aka "talk therapy") or a strict medical/prescription approach. The only way to really change is to dig into the subconscious and bring those shadows to light!

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

YES, no I did not cry or laugh but the "AH-HA" were nearly constant for me throughout the book. I stumbled onto Jung because it felt like every other author I have been interested in lately quotes or credits Jung in their own work ... so I finally went to the source! I am a definite Jungian thinker versus Freudian.

Any additional comments?

Top 10 of the 100 books or so I have read in the past 2 years!

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  • Joe Blow
  • 2012-05-28

a good introductory collection

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

I would recommend this to anyone who's seeking a basic familiarity with what Jung was going after. While some basic familiarity with Freud and Addler before hand would be helpful, he puts his references in enough context that they're not required, and these lectures can and do stand on their own.

What did you like best about this story?

In the first few lectures, Jung focuses primarily on the therapeutic process. Over time, we begin to see just how deep his theory goes, and that his idea of "therapy" is nothing less than the completion of man as himself. I found this progression to be incredibly easy to follow and to show how a clinical psychologist can make this move into the philosophical.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Prince’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've not heard any of Prince's other performances. I found him to be a little monotone (ala Ben Stein) and some of the accents weren't where I would have thought to put them, but his pronunciation was clean, his delivery crisp, and despite the somewhat academic tone, I would certainly be willing to listen to other texts he's narrated.

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  • Holly
  • 2018-05-10

Brilliant book, Bad narration; get it in print

I love this book so far, but ended up buying a print copy because the narration is very monotone and hard to listen to. The content is fascinating and brilliantly presented by Jung, but is also very heavy and as it is directed at an academic audience. So with lackluster narration so it comes off as very dry (even though it’s not) and is hard to listen to and follow. I found I was absorbing the info much better reading it.

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  • Tracy Mehoke
  • 2018-02-25

If you've been listening to Jordan B Peterson,

Between literary analysis, archetypes, Joseph Campbell, and Jordan B Peterson, I can't believe it has taken me this long to actually read/listen o Jung himself. Wealth of insights and well-explained. I took a lot of notes.

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  • Roy
  • 2011-12-19

Good material

This is not easy listening but well worth the effort. I found myself taking a break to lighter material and then coming back to it.

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  • archer
  • 2018-06-10

terrible narrator

super bland narrator. can't get past ten minutes. sounds and feels like I'm listening to a Nova science video from 5th grade

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  • D. Raynal
  • 2013-05-14

As Useful Today as it was in 1933

Where does Modern Man in Search of a Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites. Jung is a true mystic and scientist. His words are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago. This is a must for anyone interested in the state of Modern Man (and I absolutely mean everyone who is interested in TODAY)

What other book might you compare Modern Man in Search of a Soul to and why?

I would suggest reading James Hillman a man of true insight.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Prince’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

I suggest that this book is worth listening to at least twice as it is so full of wisdom.

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  • Sandra
  • 2017-04-04

Why did I wait so long to listen to this book?

Where does Modern Man in Search of a Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

That's my only regret: not listening sooner. This is one of those books that make a mark in your way of thinking about the state of humanity today.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Modern Man in Search of a Soul?

If you ever doubted you had a soul, this book will make you think again. But if you never doubted you had a soul, this book will make you appreciate it from a different perspective.

Which scene was your favorite?

Jung's comparison and contrast between psychology and religion supported some of the ideas I already had lingering in my own mind. This portion also opened some new questions, that still need to be answered.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a portion of this book that moved me so that it still surfaces in conversations, long after finishing the book: that's the portion of the role parents have in the psychological development of adult persons.

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  • James W. Nicholson
  • 2012-08-21

Brilliant treatise on the development of the mind

What made the experience of listening to Modern Man in Search of a Soul the most enjoyable?

Im fascinated by classic literature and great philosophic works. I did not know what to expect, having no education on Jungian philosophy and perspective on psychoanalysis, but this is an amazing work. His deconstruction of dream analysis and development of social taboos is really worth listening to, as well as reading. I'm adding this book to my library.

The reader is clear and expresses the material extremely well. I'm going to look for more he's narrated.

What other book might you compare Modern Man in Search of a Soul to and why?

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance -it's deconstructive point of view and the ease of accessibility of the topics.

Any additional comments?

Audible is a terrific service for hungry readers without much free time.

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