Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb: Audiobook Review

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone is a personal memoir that reads like the self-help book you didn’t know you needed so much.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone was written by Lori Gottlieb and narrated by Brittany Pressley.

This is the book for anyone who has ever thought about seeing a therapist but hasn’t for one reason or another. And it’s for anyone who regularly sees a therapist. It’s a book that leaves its reader with a strong sense of self-awareness and a drive for self-improvement. It would be a new favorite listen for anyone who is introspective and seeks to understand themselves better.

Content & Storytelling

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is the story of a therapist who starts seeing her own therapist “Wendell”, when her fiancee, referred to as “boyfriend” breaks up with her. Gottlieb intertwines her own path of self-discovery with the stories of her patients.

As she starts to recognize her own fears, walls, and patterns, she weaves in the struggles of her patients who are going through their own transformations. Whether it is a cancer patient, a high-functioning alcoholic or an overachiever who is suppressing his own trauma, there are points of recognition for the listener at every step along the way.

As a person who regularly sees a therapist, it felt like a rare and coveted opportunity to step behind the curtain and witness the inner workings of this field. This is probably my favorite self-help book that isn’t a self-help book.

Length & Pacing

While this book is very long, it moved at a good pace. The personal stories, paired with the narrator’s history and psychological theory, serve to keep the reader engaged.

Narration & Writing

I was pleased with the narration and would choose this narrator again.

Overall

I’ve recommended this to many friends and colleagues. And I know that once they’ve read it, they’ve done the same. It’s just that great a book!


Official Description: 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.

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