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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dirk Wittenborn Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An epic novel about family secrets and the consequences of ambition.

William Friedrich, an ambitious professor of psychology at Yale in 1952, has stumbled upon a drug that promises happiness - and that can make him a famous man. When his experiment goes awry, and a research subject commits murder, the consequences will haunt him and his family forever.

Pharmakon is an epic novel, an invocation of the quest for bliss, for love, for family, and all of the betrayals that follow. We follow the Friedrichs from the well-ordered suburban life of postwar America through the chaos and freedom of the counterculture, into the drug-fueled, media-crazed 80s and beyond. In William Friedrich, Wittenborn has defined the archetypal American patriarch: a miracle worker and source of strength to everyone except those he loves the most. Pharmakon is also a layered, thoughtful search behind the veil of psychopharmacology as we know it today - a tale not only of the consequences of research, but also of the complex personalities, appetites, and struggles that created it.

Honest, insightful, and ruefully funny, Pharmakon captures formative moments of the 20th century, the quirks of an American family, and will enthrall fans of the novels of John Irving. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pattymann | 5/18/2011

    " Like so many of the other reviewers of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of this book, and was dismayed to find that the subsequent parts were not nearly as compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Asproreps | 1/27/2011

    " In the sensibility of John Irving, this book develops a family whose dysfunction is one of the main characters. This is a beautifully written book with the story driven as much by the language as by the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 1/24/2011

    " Yale professor blah blah blah.... enjoyable read while in my car.

    It was quite good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lois | 6/7/2010

    " Really intriguing concept, but the author really couldn't seem to decide what type of narrative worked best. I think if the book were tighter and more succinct, it could have given more of an impact. "

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About the Author

Dirk Wittenborn is a novelist (Fierce People, Pharmakon), screenwriter and the Emmy-nominated producer of the HBO documentary, Born Rich. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter and summers on the wrong side of the tracks in East Hampton, NY.