Misspent Youth : Commonwealth Saga

  • by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • Series: Commonwealth Saga
  • 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 2040. After decades of research, scientists of the European Union believe that they have at last conquered humankind's most pernicious foe: old age. For the first time, technology holds out the promise of not merely slowing the aging process but actually reversing it. The first subject for treatment is 78-year-old philanthropist Jeff Baker. After 18 months in a rejuvenation tank, Jeff emerges looking like a 20-year-old. And the change is more than skin deep. From his hair cells down to his DNA, Jeff is 20 - with a breadth of life experience.
But while possessing the wisdom of a septuagenarian at age 20 is one thing, raging testosterone is another, as Jeff soon discovers. Suddenly his oldest friends seem, well, old. Jeff's trophy wife looks better than she ever did. His teenage son, Tim, is more like a younger brother. And Tim's nubile girlfriend is a conquest too tempting to resist. Jeff's rejuvenated libido wreaks havoc on the lives of his friends and family, straining his relationship with Tim to the breaking point. It's as if youth is a drug, and Jeff is wasted on it. But if so, it's an addiction he has no interest in kicking.


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Customer Reviews

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A house-keeping prequel to the Commonwealth saga

To describe this book in one word, when compared to the rest of the series, that word is, sadly, "boring."
The story details the family life and father son relationship of the first recipient of the rejuvenation treatment common throughout the rest of the series.
But, in this book, there is no space travel, no gates, no aliens, no SI.
It's just a brilliant scientist, his family and a snapshot of the world politics of the days leading to what will eventually become the Commonwealth stories.
If you love the series, you can skip this one without losing any sleep that you've missed out.
If you feel a sort of historian's devotion to know all the details of Hamilton's Commonwealth series, by all means, give it a go.
Personally, the story did very little for me.
It lacked all of the excitement and adventure of the other books and existed largely as a character study of an elderly man given another shot at youth.
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- Christopher


Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book. It's barely a Commonwealth book, very soap opera-ish.

What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I was hoping for something with a larger scale.

What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great characterizations the make the characters more interesting.

Could you see Misspent Youth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Heavens no.

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- Rex M. Phillips

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio