1993. San Francisco. The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming. They’re looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order. Recruited by an advertising agency focused on targeting a new drug to her own age demographic, Sarah Striker is grateful for the steady income, but she begins to question the side effects of the products she’s pushing.
Sarah begins publishing an underground zine to expose the secrets behind the pharmaceutical industry’s aims. Fulfilled by her quest to spread the truth, her new life seems to be working out perfectly - until she realizes that she herself is perilously close to becoming a victim of this new corporate world.
A kinetic, hyper-stylized jolt of pure energy, Herz delivers a strong follow-up to his debut novel, The Last Block in Harlem. Full of vibrant characters and razor-sharp dialogue, Pharmacology captures the voice of the Internet generation with style, heart, and soul.
I have never ever heard of this book and found it when I did a search for audiobooks narrated by Kate Rudd. You know Kate! She narrated The Fault In Our Stars! I loved her work with that book so much it made me purchase this one solely based on her work (and the price of course).
This story centers around Sarah Striker, a young high school graduate who moves to San Francisco to make some money to help pay for her father's cancer treatment. At the time of her leaving Kansas City, Mo. San Francisco is on the verge of the 90's internet boom and there are new and exciting things popping up everywhere. Like cafe's offering internet and computer usage.
This story was not a huge hit for me. There were a few things I was not really into. Most of the male authors I have read that write from a female perceptive seem to get women. Really get them in an errie kinda way. It's like they become a women while writing the book. I didn't have that feeling at all with this book. Sarah just seemed to be so one dimensional and have no real interest. She just hung out with friends who had interesting drug habits and almost surreal lives. I found it hard to connect with her and I really wanted to. Also, I am not really into the young drug addicts slowly killing themselves stories. (a la Trainspotting). Those kinds of characters are everywhere in this book and in Sarah's life. Is that normal for a non-drug using 18-ish young girl from Missouri to get hooked into that crowd and stay clean the whole time?
There were some great points to this story. Really! One, the overall topic of where and who created ADD as well as the behind the scenes of the big pharmaceutical companies was extremely interesting. I have to say now I don't look at their commerical the same way anymore. I have no idea if the author based the story point on real information but it seems real to me. Second, Kate Rudd (narrator) did a good job. In the beginning of the book she was not as "ON" as she was toward the middle and end of the audiobook. So far, The Fault In Our Stars is by far her best.
I will be looking at other audiobooks by her.
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Would you listen to Pharmacology again? Why?
Yes. Fully Enjoyed it through and through.
What did you like best about this story?
The Twist and Turns it had and the ability to understand and feel fro the character
Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No I have not
Who was the most memorable character of Pharmacology and why?
The Main Character. Being able to fully understand her struggles of the world..
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I know this is fiction but it does a great job of telling the story of how drug companies develop & promote their drugs. There is a moral thread through out the book that was enjoyable to read. A really good story.
Any additional comments?
Boring. Not to mention...The author is a fear merchant. Evil.He argues that drug companies want to make their customers sick so they can sell more drugs, which on some level makes sense, but in reality, is not true. I know the people who develop drugs, as a student of biochemistry (metabolism). They are my professors, classmates, mentors, and friends. They are ordinary, not cruel. They are into health, athleticism, diet, sleep, all that. They hate sickness. It is wrong to accuse them of slow murder just to make a dollar.No would go through years of intense, stressful, expensive schooling without a light at the end of the tunnel. Money and making a worthwhile contribution to the human race are the two brightest lights. Making a contribution to the human race is about healing and helping, not poisoning and harming. Making lots of money in the drug development business is like winning the lottery. It is not a path you would choose if you wanted to get rich. Marketers can be evil, as we know. But, they can only sell what the developers make.Logically, these lies do not add up. Drug companies get sued if their drugs harm people.The lawsuits can lead to bankruptcy. Also, most businesses prefer their customers alive and well, so they can make (and therefore spend) more money. However, the author is perfectly okay with meth, heroine, and coke... which is exactly what the medical society would sell if they were all about making money and getting people sick. No one would sue them then, as they'd be hooked and broke.I'm not off the deep end. Some drugs are legal that shouldn't be. I think it's stupid that doctors do not aggressively try to talk women into using copper ion IUDs rather than hormonal birth control, which causes blood clots. I strongly advocate doing your own research, checking WebMD, and talking to your pharmacist. Basically, being a mature adult. Please, don't support this nonsense.Please, do not purchase this.
I really didn't like anything about this book at all. It just didn't appeal to me in the slightest. Just the wrong choice on my part for me