Selfie

  • by Will Storr
  • Narrated by Jack Hawkins
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We live in the age of the individual.
We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We're told that to be this person, you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success.
But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy. Unprecedented social pressure is leading to increases in depression and suicide. Where does this ideal come from? Why is it so powerful? Is there any way to break its spell?
To answer these questions, Selfie takes us from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, to the self-esteem evangelists of 1980s California, the rise of narcissism and the selfie generation, and right up to the era of hyperindividualistic neoliberalism in which we live now.
It tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately - our self.
Exclusive to the audiobook, Selfie includes a unique 15-minute interview with the author, Will Storr, and reader, Jack Hawkins.

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What the Critics Say

"Fascinating." (The Times)
"Thoughtful and engaging." (Guardian)
"Brilliant." (Evening Standard)
"Electrifying." (Financial Times)
"Approaching genius." (Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

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A calming exciting truth.

A refreshing eye-opener with some calming truths. Refreshing to hear solidly researched material in our world of spin and nonsense. l loved it. Thank you.
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- Martina B.

Brilliant

This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to - and I've listened to a lot! A fantastic combination of sociology, psychology and history - with a bit of politics and economics thrown in. This is the first time I've listened to a book and found it resonating with me, personally ("but that's ME") in places.

A few bonuses - his concise dissections of the financial crisis and the Brexit / Trump phenomenons are pithy and eminently quotable. Also Jack Hawkins reading - and his novel interview with Storr right at the end - are both fabulous.

Oh, and my score was 7 out of 40. Listen to the book, and you'll know what I mean.
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- Mr SA Lambe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-06-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio