The Interpretation of Dreams

  • by Sigmund Freud
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What are the most common dreams and why do we have them? What does a dream about death mean? What do dreams of swimming, failing, or flying symbolize? First published by Sigmund Freud in 1899, The Interpretation of Dreams considers why we dream and what it means in the larger picture of our psychological lives.
Delving into theories of manifest and latent dream content, the special language of dreams, dreams as wish fulfillments, the significance of childhood experiences, and much more, Freud, widely considered the "father of psychoanalysis", thoroughly and thoughtfully examines dream psychology. Encompassing dozens of case histories and detailed analyses of actual dreams, this landmark text presents Freud's legendary work as a tool for comprehending our sleeping experiences.


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Fine, but not really a book for public consumption

This is only available as an audiobook because Freud has a profile in popular culture. It's, essentially, an academic text - and an archaic one, at that. It certainly isn't 'entertainment'. Not given its running time of almost 22 hours, and its more than occasional repetitiousness.

I'm kinda on the fence about Freud. That he was a very intelligent, imaginative man is beyond doubt. Many of the insights revealed in the studies contained herein are thought-provoking, and make a solid case for his particular take on the interpretation of dreams; but some of his 'insights' do not properly warrant the term - they're ludicrous, genital-obsessed nonsense.

(I hope Audible will forgive my using the word 'genital' in this review; but then, if they're gonna sell Freud on their website, they are rather asking for it...!).

It would be entirely possible for a celebrity psychologist/psychiatrist to collate and present a summary of Freud's take on dreams entertainingly. Knock it together in a single seven-hour audiobook and - boom! Job done, so that Joe Public can satisfy his curiosity without having to soldier through this blizzard. It really is a pain, in places.

So, in a nutshell? Fine if you're a student/hobbyist of psycho-analysis. If you're just interested casually in how Freud interpreted dreams, look it up on Wikipedia or something.
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- D. Hughes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio