Pharmakon, or The Story of a Happy Family: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dirk Wittenborn

Narrated By: Lincoln Hoppe, Mark Deakins

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: July 2008

Duration: 15 hours 0 minutes


An honest, insightful, and ruefully funny look at the fate of one American family vis-à-vis the rise of modern psychopharmacology, Pharmakon, or The Story of a Happy Family is nothing less than a contemporary epic. The novel follows William Friedrich, an ambitious professor of psychology at Yale in the early 1950s, who has stumbled upon a drug that promises happiness to those who ingest it and fame and fortune to the man who can synthesize it. But when a brilliant and troubled research subject commits murder, the consequences will haunt Friedrich and his family for years to come.