The Men on My Couch: True Stories of Sex, Love, and Psychotherapy

Narrated by:
Abby Craden

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2013
8 hours 35 minutes
When Dr. Brandy Engler opened her sex therapy practice for women in Manhattan, she got a big surprise. Most of the calls were from men. They wanted to talk about womanizing, porn addiction, impotence, prostitutes-and most of all, love.

Her patients were everyday guys from all walks of life. Among them were David, the Wall Street hotshot and compulsive womanizer; Charles, an introvert who kept pushing away the fiancee he thought was too beautiful for him; Paul, the self-made man who visited massage parlors despite his sexy wife; and the men's group whose stark revelations about male anger and their search for the right woman will open your eyes. In The Men on My Couch, Dr. Engler allows listeners inside those private sessions to witness her exciting and evocative encounters with what men desire and fear.

Dr. Engler tells her own story, too. At first her patients' revelations are painful and disconcerting, especially against the backdrop of her own difficult love affair. Yet Dr. Engler lets listeners experience how she evolves both professionally and personally, from chagrin to compassion, and reconciles her idealized notions of love and sex with the unexpected and raw truths she hears in the office.

The Men on My Couch is unlike other relationship books. There are no tired facile conclusions or pejorative generalizations. Here are fresh insights into modern sexual maladies, gleaned from real people having real struggles and experiencing real epiphanies-in the real world.

This book will change how both women and men think about love, sex, and desire.
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Daniel C.

This is an insightful book even though there is no real factual data behind it. It’s mostly approach in an empirical way but it is engaging and there are many parts of the stories that will hit home for most. There is also the author’s relationship story which makes you question “Why though?” more often than not. I wish she would give more insight on why she decided things they way she did now in hind sight, but no… it is just a story being told. The Narrator can get pretty annoying with her voices, particularly the male interpretations get quite annoying. They just feel a bit extra, but like REALLY extra. It’s weird because her female voices (and her own) are softer and it shows she doesn’t need to be that “out there” to be engaging.

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Kristie A.

I really liked the content of this book. I am grateful for it. The author is a gifted therapist, very intelligent and intuitive. I wished I’d have had the luck to find such a gifted therapist. The narrator was also very committed to the work, but I found her distracting. Her voice had a cadence where her emphasis was always on the mid sentence. The last part of the sentence was halting and I could feel her jaw clenched. She also had a seductive tone which I found off putting but also appropriate for the material. Torn by that. All in all I highly recommend this audiobook.

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