The Interpretation of Dreams
- Narrated by: Michael Page
- Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 23-03-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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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By D. Hughes on 12-06-11
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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By Idaho Trojan on 01-12-16
WOW, this is A LOT of information to digest!
What did you love best about The Interpretation of Dreams?
I enjoyed learning more about Freud and his perspective, especially when it comes to dreams. I find myself much more drawn to and accepting of Carl Jung's views, but I specifically wanted to understand the differences between these two great thinkers!
What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?
Great job as narrator/reader!
Any additional comments?
This is NOT light entertainment, but I believe it is a necessary read for those interested in deep psychological/spiritual development and understanding ... even if by the end of the book you are convinced you aren't a Freudian.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Mario on 12-03-13
Not bad for a hundred+ years book!
The theme is one of the most challenging and interesting there is!. Freud and his theory of psychoanalysis revolutionize the modern society as a thinking, evolving body. This is must listen to any one caring for the basics of modern life. The audio is well narrated and keeps you interested.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful