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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,963 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Solomon Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442353534
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With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon takes the listener on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets.

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews wit fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.

The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the listener's view of the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Moore | 2/20/2014

    " this is fascinating if you have ever wondered about mental illness....some parts are intense and a little dry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 2/16/2014

    " Required reading for anyone who has a family member with depression or who is the field, even if you believe yourself to be well versed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willner9 | 2/12/2014

    " Much like Don McLean and Roberta Flack, Andrew Solomon was killing me softly with his songs in this book. This in depth history of depression interwoven with the author's accounts of his own suffering is brilliant and worthy of the seal of approval. Reminisicent of the beautiful Acedia and Me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 2/9/2014

    " Really helped me understand depression. The symptoms are different from what I expected. I thought being depressed had something to do with sadness. It's more like being unable to function. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/3/2014

    " Beautiful and thorough book on depression. I don't agree with all of the author's conclusions, but I appreciate his breadth and the fact that he doesn't shy away from unanswerable questions or apparent contradictions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miquixote | 2/2/2014

    " A peak into the life of depression. Scary stuff. Now we have to read the 'Anatomy of an Epidemic' about pharmaceutical drugs. Depression is now at epidemic levels... preparation for high schoolers about the possible future (present?) they have in store for themselves in our postmodern world of zombies and vampires (Mr. Solomon does not uses these terms..). Although too easy on the pharmaceutical industry the viewpoint is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lila | 1/21/2014

    " One of the best books on depression. Recommended especially for people who live/love somebody who suffers from it. Very easily read, explains what depression really is, how it hurts and how to deal with it. I loved it so much because it wasn't written by some doctor but from a personla point of view, by a person who struggled with depression all his life and knows this monster inside out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Flatley | 1/17/2014

    " A must read for anyone suffering with depression or who has a loved one who is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Bennett | 1/3/2014

    " Anyone who suffers from depression that is chronic should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miklos Hargitay | 1/1/2014

    " Brilliant, concise, exhaustive, funny, inspiring account of depression from all angles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 12/24/2013

    " Exhausting, exhaustive. Probably already out-of-date, but a valiant effort at memoir linked to a survey of all that is known about depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Davis | 11/21/2013

    " This is an important book. It is wonderfully written, well researched, and comprehensive; at times uplifting, at times simply heart wrenching. If you or someone you love suffers from depression, you simply must read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeann | 11/8/2013

    " Would recommend. Very exhaustive book on an exhausting subject. I looked Andrew Solomon up after hearing him on "The Moth." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms Piot | 11/6/2013

    " VERY insightful and humanizing discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Glebavicius | 9/18/2013

    " Loved this book it is so insightful! Great for students studying psychology! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/17/2013

    " Amazing. A book about depression that is in no way depressing. This truly is an atlas. You will find anything you are looking for regarding depression in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 9/2/2013

    " Heard the author in Dallas years ago. Great book then, great book now. "Depression is grief without context". Wish there was a Kindle version... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 7/28/2013

    " A great book about depression, historically, medically, pharmacologically, culturally and personally. I find it interesting that the UK version is subtitled "an anatomy of depression" rather than "an atlas". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 7/2/2013

    " I am only on the second chapter but already it is helping me to understand my illness. I was having a really hard time coping but now I'm starting to understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/5/2013

    " Depressing. Don't read when vulnerable. But also illuminating and compassionate. Don't read the part about depression as "rust that corrodes your soul." Not a pleasant or helpful metaphor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morna | 3/26/2013

    " A fairly interesting book, especially to those who have been touched by clinical depression. There were parts where I just skimmed ... one does get to not caring about every insight this prolific writer wants to share. The book is definitely a good short course on the subject of Depression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 3/24/2013

    " Has been sometime since I read this book. I know I got lots from it, but want to re read it soon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenna | 2/21/2013

    " If you or anyone you love has ever been depressed, just read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pantelis | 7/26/2012

    " Solomon has put his heart into this work, bearing his soul and applying his considerable talent at painting an accurate picture and filling it out with true, touching stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 7/6/2012

    " Compelling interesting but after a while I just couldn't read it anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 6/30/2012

    " Very well written overview, clinical and personal. Read it because so many in my family are mental health workers, then realizing how many are also struggling with this. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is the New York Times bestselling author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of fourteen national awards, including the National Book Award. He is a lecturer in psychiatry at Cornell University and special advisor on LGBT affairs to the Yale School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and six Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.