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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter D. Kramer Narrator: Peter D. Kramer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since it was introduce in 1987, the antidepressant Prozac has been prescribed to nearly five million Americans. But what is Prozac? Reported to turn shy people into social butterflies and to improve work performance, memory, even dexterity, Prozac has changed millions of troubled lives -- but not without raising troubling questions of interest to anyone who has ever tried to improve his or her life.

Is Prozac a medication, or a mental steroid...a cure for illness, or a chemical agent for cosmetic character change? In many cases, Prozac can make people more attractive, energetic and socially acceptable -- whether they're "ill" or not. But when a pill can appear to accomplish the work of countless therapy sessions, seminars and self-help books and tapes, have we entered an age where pharmacological advances could make our notions of character, personality and selfhood obsolete?

In the bestselling tradition of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for His Hat, psychiatrist Peter Kramer reads his bestselling, critically acclaimed exploration of these and other issues that sparked a national debate. Drawing on both dramatic case studies and the perceptions of a uniquely insightful thinker contemplating a cultural crossroads, Listening to Prozac will forever change the way you think of the human condition. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “An intelligent and informative book.” 

    New York Times

  • “Tackles the complicated implications and assumptions of modern psychiatry.” 

    New Daily News

  • “A provocative and insightful exploration of Prozac’s dramatic and unforeseen impact on the human psyche, as well as the practice of psychotherapy.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Listening to Prozac is a marvelous antidote to suggestions that psychiatric thinking has not progressed much beyond Freud.

    American Journal of Psychiatry

  • “Not only a fascinating and beautifully written overview of the biology and psychology of mood-state, but a richly philosophical meditation upon the basic nature of human nature as well.”

    Maggie Scarf

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ariadna73 | 2/19/2014

    " In the future we will not only dress our bodies every morning; but also take our pill to makeup our minds to go and fit with the society :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/15/2014

    " One of the first books I read about the real possibility of designing personality. Full of useful information about depression and antidepressants, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth | 2/7/2014

    " Highly interesting look at the emergence of Prozac and its possible implications for the history of psychiatry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kenneth E. Harrison, Jr. | 1/28/2014

    " I still plan to write a broadway musical based on the book. "

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