• Selfie

  • How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
  • By: Will Storr
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-15-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (5 ratings)

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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.
©2017 Will Storr (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Fascinating." ( The Times)
"Thoughtful and engaging." ( Guardian)
"Brilliant." ( Evening Standard)
"Electrifying." ( Financial Times)
"Approaching genius." ( Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr SA Lambe on 08-17-17


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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5 out of 5 stars
By JohnLuke on 08-07-17

A book for for our Time

Thought provoking, revealing and enjoyable. We are not who we think we are, we are not even what others think we are - We are what we think others think we are - This and the destruction of the scientific base for the Rogerian philosophy of Total Positive Regard are significant revelations. Well argued, compelling story telling at its best and isn't that what we have relied upon to form our opinions through the ages. Absolutely worth the read.

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By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 12-17-17

Great to contextualise our epidemic of narcissism

I've now listened to this several times. I first heard Will Storr being interviewed on Australian radio on Life Matters. Loved the ideas and bought the book. Then the audible. It is so under-stated and clearly argued with an almost detective novel feel to it. Meaning that it's a page turner. Not trivial, Will. I use Will Storr's ideas with clients in my Psychotherapy practice to let them know the truth. The relentless quest for perfection is a chimera and an unachievable goal/dream. More than that, it can create so much unhappiness. Let's get on the self-acceptance path. Which as Mr Storr argues, is not about resignation and accepting 'less than', so much as it is about a compassionate acknowledgment that to be human is to be un-perfect.

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