The Age of Anxiety by Pete Townshend audiobook

The Age of Anxiety: A Novel

By Pete Townshend
Read by Michael Jayston

Hachette Books 9780316398985
9.03 Hours Unabridged
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In his debut novel, rock legend Pete Townshend explores the anxiety of modern life and madness in a story that stretches across two generations of a London family, their lovers, collaborators, and friends. A former rock star disappears on the Cumberland moors. When his wife finds him, she discovers he has become a hermit and a painter of apocalyptic visions. An art dealer has drug-induced visions of demonic faces swirling in a bedstead and soon his wife disappears, nowhere to be found. A beautiful Irish girl, who has stabbed her father to death is determined to seduce her best friend's husband. A young composer begins to experience aural hallucinations, expressions of the fear and anxiety of the people of London. He constructs a maze in his back garden. Driven by passion and musical ambition, events spiral out of control-good drugs and bad drugs, loves lost and found, families broken apart and reunited. Conceived jointly as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

In his debut novel, rock legend Pete Townshend explores the anxiety of modern life and madness in a story that stretches across two generations of a London family, their lovers, collaborators, and friends.
A former rock star disappears on the Cumberland moors. When his wife finds him, she discovers he has become a hermit and a painter of apocalyptic visions.

An art dealer has drug-induced visions of demonic faces swirling in a bedstead and soon his wife disappears, nowhere to be found.

A beautiful Irish girl, who has stabbed her father to death is determined to seduce her best friend's husband.

A young composer begins to experience aural hallucinations, expressions of the fear and anxiety of the people of London. He constructs a maze in his back garden.

Driven by passion and musical ambition, events spiral out of control-good drugs and bad drugs, loves lost and found, families broken apart and reunited.

Conceived jointly as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jayston lends the narrative a heavy dose of gravitas balanced by a personal tone. Characters, who play more prominently in this work than plot, are brought to life with an array of accents and tonal inflections, along with clever reproductions of phone conversations and short clips of music. Jayston’s intimate delivery elevates an engaging audiobook to a must-listen for Townshend’s fans and listeners in search of a captivating story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A story involving a London family and its friends, lovers, and associates careening through modern life in ‘visionary’ fashion.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Pete Townshend

Author Bio: Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is a book editor and author. He is the lead guitarist and principal songwriter of The Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the twentieth century, and the composer of the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia. Although known for his musical compositions and musicianship, he has been extensively involved in the literary world for more than three decades, writing newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, scripts, a memoir, and a novel.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English