The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You

S. & S. Audio. Dec. 2022. 3:40 hrs. ISBN 9781797141503. $14.99. SELF-HELP
“Eat chocolate.” “Don’t fall over.” “Take care of your hair—if you have any.” With warmth, grace, and laugh-aloud humor, Magnusson, author of the best-selling The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, offers a second installment in the “Swedish Art of Living & Dying” series. Magnusson, who in her words is “somewhere between 80 and 100 years old,” shares joyful and inspirational advice for making the most of life. Narrated with spot-on pronunciation and just the right amount of humor by actor Natascha McElhone, this gem of an audio is meant to be savored. Listeners will be treated to Magnusson’s pithy observations based on her experiences living abroad, the adventures of her five children, and wisdom gleaned from friends. Some of Magnusson’s admonishments are funny, such as her exhortation to “wear stripes,” and others are sobering, such as her request that all people spend as much time (or more) cleaning the Earth as they do harming it. Throughout it all, McElhone’s intimate delivery creates a cozy, just-between-friends atmosphere.
VERDICT Magnusson’s wisdom combined with McElhone’s narration is an unbeatable combination. Recommend widely to listeners looking to embrace the aging process while enjoying every bit of goodness along the way.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing