Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity

Hachette Audio. Jan. 2023. 7:15 hrs. ISBN 9781668604632. $24.99. SCI
Danish biologist Brendborg (coauthor of Supertrends: 50 Things You Need To Know About the Future) offers a host of little-known but possibly life-changing facts about the search for long life. Listeners will learn, for instance, that the halfway mark for the human age of 100 is actually 93 and not 50. Also, there are creatures on Earth that don’t age at all. This accessible and fun book allows listeners to unlock their own longevity and delve into the science of how, why, and when humans age, and what happens when one tries to bypass the aging process. Brendborg provides a survey of what leading experts have studied so far, where the evidence about aging is going, and a host of informational tidbits along the way. He explains complex experiments in straightforward language, making the findings interesting and downright amusing. He does not hold back on the realities of longevity research, including the history of humanity’s less-than-ethical longevity experiments and the questions they’ve raised. Joe Leat’s narration is equally accessible, and his inviting voice may make listeners feel like they’re conversing with a good (and very smart) friend.
VERDICT This illuminating study of longevity is sure to be a hit with fans of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones. Recommended as a first purchase.
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