Like most of his books, this one unfolds well and is hard to take breaks from. I'm no literary snob, I just like a good story. I have always appreciated the technical details in Michael's books. Even though there are obviously liberties taken with technology that might exsist, I enjoy learning about things in detail. It's edutainment. Okay, maybe not, but I liked it.
The only drawback to the story is that towards the end you can hear the narrarator swallowing and having a hard time quite often. I don't know why they don't bother to edit these things out. Good recording software will strip silence based on a set threshold and take out small sounds automatically. Also, how hard would it be to give the narrarator a mute button?
Aside from this annoyance, I would have given it five stars. If you like his other books, you should like this one.
I can see why some of the negative reviewers are disappointed with the reference format of this book. I don't share that view though.
I recently started suffering from panic attacks that were so severe I was unable to work or even go to a restaurant. I had no prior history of this and it was terrifying.
This book has been part of the discovery process for me and the information has helped my understanding of different conditions increase greatly.
If you already know all about anxiety and depression, this may not be for you, but I enjoyed the information so much that I also bought a hard copy so I could review specific areas.
I will concede that audio may not be the best format for this book, but if it didn't exist on Audible I never would have checked it out. I'm terrible at reading non fiction so the audio format worked out great.
That said, this is mostly an informational (reference) book, not a guide for self healing. There are many tips given for dealing with symptoms, but it's not the main focus of the book.
For those searching specifically for help with anxiety, I recommend "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes.
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