The Incurable Romantic: And Other Tales of Madness and Desire

7 CDs. Hachette Audio. Sept. 2018. 8:37 hrs. ISBN 9781549146411. $39.99. digital download. PSYCH
OrangeReviewStarIs there such a thing as lovesickness, and, if so, what is it? Here Tallis, a clinical psychologist, concentrates his years of experience on the problems of passion and infatuation. Each person who enters his office for therapy is a unique being broken by love. We are allowed to sit and listen alongside Tallis, though client anonymity is preserved. The stories these individuals tell about their obsessive yearnings reveal ever new and nuanced shades of desire. Simon Shepherd's reading is excellent, and the entire production is enthralling. There are plenty of surprise revelations in each of Tallis's conversations as he strains to help clients think clearly through their powerful feelings.
VERDICT Recommended for the armchair psychoanalyst in all of us, anyone who believes people are living stories, and those who appreciate works that delve into the psychological experience of love.

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