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  • The Ego and the Id

  • Written by: Sigmund Freud
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • 2.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The most important book ever written in psychology.

Public Domain (P)2019 Deaver Brown

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Amazing book. Bad Narration and background music.

Amazing book. Bad Narration and background music
Narrator sometimes speaks slowly and sometimes fast.
It's much better to read than to listen to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-20

Reader struggles pronounce a variety of words

The reader struggles to pronounce a variety of words in this text, including "Psychoanalysis", which lead to a painful first chapter. He also struggled with the abbreviations the translators use for words like "Unconscious" (Ucs), "Conscious" (Cs), and "Perception" (Pcpt), reading the abbreviation out instead of the word, which I imagine was done by Freud as shorthand to save himself time while writing, and not intended to be read in shorthand as this disrupts the flow of thought.

The actual content of this text is phenomenal, albeit difficult to grasp the first time through, which the reader mention (to his credit). Buy the actual book of you want to process the material.

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  • Warren Myers
  • 31-07-20

a horrible narrator !!

The gentleman reading this book seems to be having a hard time. A horrible experience. Please do not allow this guy to to read any more books.

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  • customer
  • 24-07-20

Not by Freud. Mostly written by the speaker.

Not by Freud. Mostly written by the speaker. Besides, unbearable background sound on the recording.

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  • Cool Rick
  • 06-08-22

Pretty bad

The narrator is a bad, halting reader and there is a maddening piano background track that combine to make this a terrible listening experience.

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  • Josh
  • 11-03-22

Horrible narration and music playing throughout

I was asked to read/listen to this for work. There are multiple issues I have with this:

1. Why is there a bed of classical music playing in the background (and a little too loudly in my opinion) through the reading? It distracts from the reading, and quite honestly, was trying to put me to sleep while I was driving home through the twisty mountain drive.

2. Narrator is horrible! He is very monotonous in his delivery, and doesn't know how to pronounce some of the words. For those, he just spells them out repeatedly. Very distracting.

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  • Aly Abouelenein
  • 26-11-21

Background music makes it very difficult to focus

Honestly I don't understand why someone thought it was a good idea to play such distracting music in the background, especially a book like this that requires a lot of focus. Ruined it, for no reason.

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  • Jennifer
  • 26-02-21

Not recommended

I was unable to finish the book. The narrator was awful. He seemed to struggle with the vocabulary. There is a very irritating piano music in the background too. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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  • Toz
  • 24-12-20

I can’t believe music plays during reading

About a 30 second loop of piano tinkling plays during the reading. Does a loop of a hopak play during “War and Peace”? Riverdance during “Ulysses”. I get distracted easily by outside sounds and listening quickly gave me a headache. If there was a no-music option, I missed it. Horrid production decision!

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  • EV Thurobred
  • 12-05-20

Mixed review

Man well... actually like the tone of his voice and very natural way of reading although challenged by the material and stumbling thru it aspect. One factor making it extremely annoying to listen to is that the narrator actually spells out words like cathexis, ontogenic and phylogenic... baffling how someone would take on this project without learning how to pronounce these words?

Probably would not recommend this recording even for $2

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  • Brandon
  • 11-12-19

A great book, but not the best executio

I loved content of the book, but the narration and eerie choice of music is unsettling and can be irritating. There are several points in the book where the narrator trips on his words, stutters, pauses or has trouble pronouncing the words he's reading. This can be expected from a public speech, but not from a audiobook that can go over the sentence as many times as it takes to get it right. With the background of the eerie music, the narration becomes very difficult to listen to when the same tune is repeating over and over again.

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  • alan guindi
  • 12-05-19

The Ego and The I’d Deaver Brown

I have downloaded over 70 books from Audible.
This is without a doubt, in my opinion the worse narrated , words are stumbled over, and jumps in the recording. I have asked for a refund.

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  • Sunny Boshoff
  • 31-10-20

Loud irritating, distracting music in background.

I was so disappointed and could not even get past Chapter One. I think that playing music when reading is a personal choice and the type of music you play is a choice unique to every reader. For me the sound track behind this narration was like torture, I felt so relieved when I pressed stop. I really wanted to listen to this book. Maybe they can remove the music track and leave the narration clean. Some might disagree.

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  • Derek Hodgkiss
  • 02-06-22

oh my gid

dear God stop playing a piano in the background totally spoiled, if I want a piano recital I would give this a must too.

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  • sunshine
  • 01-01-22

Narration is confusing

it was funny some times when the narration spells the unfamiliar words letter by letter