My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

Scott Stossel, read by Michael Goldstrom. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 13 CDs, 15.75 hrs, $45 ISBN 978-0-73936994-4
Veteran magazine editor Stossel fuses his own account of lifelong chronic anxiety with a medical history of this baffling psychiatric condition that plagues an increasingly larger percentage of the population even as the range of available treatment options has become more varied. Narrator Goldstrom takes great pains to adopt Stossel’s journalist/insider identity in his delivery, conveying genuine emotion, but muting his tone enough to keep the production from emphasizing the personal at the expense of the larger scientific and societal issues. Still, Goldstrom’s rendering of some of Stossel’s autobiographical anecdotes do stand out as dramatic, particularly his therapeutic session to conquer phobia related to vomiting, as well as a panic attack involving a series of misadventures in a guest bathroom at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. Goldstrom also does an especially effective job reading the pharmacological and psychological portions of the narrative in a smooth broadcasting style that helps make the material more accessible and engaging. A Knopf hardcover. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 02/24/2014
Release date: 01/01/2014
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