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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Another great story

If you could sum up Misspent Youth in three words, what would they be?

This is not a typical space operas in PFH style, but this is a great story about love, life, family and friendship. Also, this book is a prequel to the Commonwealth Saga.
The story revolves around Jeff Baker, a well-known British scientist who had previously developed a digital storage device based on crystals that has many more times the storage capacity of hard drives, and had given the design away for free for anyone to benefit from. He is in his 80's, with a teenage son and a "trophy" wife, and he becomes the first person to undergo rejuvenation.

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- anna sheynman

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 "I will never again knowingly purchase another title voiced by Scott Brick."

Book Details

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