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With proper editing, about half of this book should be eliminated. One must listen through page after page of either the author's self-aggrandizement or repetitive self-questioning on just about every topic introduced. It took four introductory chapters to even get to the starting line. Though there is some pie-in-the-sky info introduced, the presentation is just downright boring.This is undeniably the worst Audible book I have ever suffered through.
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What does Stephanie Murphy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I know of the narrator's work in podcasting, and she really nails this. She has a PhD in biochemistry, and the enthusiasm of the narration demonstrates a real familiarity with the material. The science can get pretty dense in this book, but Stephanie's voice always keeps you engaged.
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As of the time of writing this review, I've only listened to about a third of the book. This is a dense subject, and if you have an interest in life extension (as I do), you'll want to take your time with it. The introductory section lays out the book's arguments in a broad sense before delving deeper into the details of cell biology and the causes of aging-related damage.
De Grey also smashes any argument against pursuing the goal of ending aging, but, admittedly, I was already convinced of the urgency of his project before I started listening. It's bold, but there is no reason why humans should die as early as we do, and all avenues must be exploited to end this menace. De Grey shows the way in demonstrating how cell damage occurs and how it can eventually be reversed.
The one major fault in this book is that it was published nearly a decade ago, and there have been further advances in understanding and possibly treating aging since then. I would love to see a revised and fully updated version.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this audiobook from the narrator.
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I had an interest in this guy before I bought the audiobook and wanted to know more. As a non scientist (yet) with a background in computer science (like him) I was curious to hear about his work because even with my extremely limited knowledge in this field, it has for a long time been a theory of my own (like many of my others, someone else had already thought of it!) .
I have now bought my dad a print copy for Christmas, though my mum is heavily in the pro aging trance. On a personal level I would like to to everything in my power to provide my young son every opportunity to live as long as he chooses (unless he dies of something else first), and he is keen to have me live a fair old stretch too.
The science by now has probably even advanced further than we read here so I have been attacking life with renewed hope that after I have raised my son (born later in life) that I can, when I have free time again (home educating self employed single mum...hectic!) retrain and help out myself, now I know I've possibly got an extra few decades.
My only fear is (backed up from my personal discussions with friends and family) that the pro aging trance is heavily ingrained especially (more so really) in - how can I say this - the less educated and open minded people (of whom there are a hell of a lot).
I will definitely have to re-listen several times because in places it seemed "a bit technical" for my ears but it was an excellent book, and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Good luck Dr De Grey, and thank you.
A fascinating and exciting insight into developments and progress in the most fundamentally important area of human existence.
It it so good to have well meaning individuals push so hard to prevent suffering. As opposed to so many works of fiction that appear to encourage it.
Good Luck To Sens! When your efforts are understood you will receive the pats on the back that you deserve.