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THE URGE Our History of Addiction

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Mark Deakins

Contemporary Culture • 11.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2022

With his compassion and perspective shining brightly in every paragraph, psychiatrist Carl Erik Fisher offers a sweeping look at addiction from three vantage points--historical, medical, and personal. Listeners will hear the author's humanity and deep curiosity in Mark Deakins's exceptional performance. By keeping his narration a small step removed from the full measure of Fisher's pathos (the author is a recovering alcoholic), Deakins preserves Fisher's authoritative grasp of addiction and avoids making the narration sound too personal. Fisher's discussion of society's shifting views and varied approaches to substance abuse is broadly satisfying. With historical perspectives, colorful personal stories, and many illuminating ideas, he offers hope that approaches to addiction will someday combine personal responsibility with more humane strategies from institutions, communities and families. T.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2022]

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2022

DD ISBN 9780593413609 $22.50


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2022

DD ISBN 9780593413616 $95.00

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