30 Lessons for Living

  • by Karl Pillemer Ph.D.
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

More than 1,000 extraordinary Americans share their stories and the wisdom they have gained on living, loving, and finding happiness. After a chance encounter with an extraordinary 90-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't. His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of 65 to seek their counsel on all the big issues- children, marriage, money, career, aging. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young. Like This I Believe, StoryCorps's Listening Is an Act of Love, and Tuesdays with Morrie, 30 Lessons for Living is a book to keep and to give. Offering clear advice toward a more fulfilling life, it is as useful as it is inspiring.

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What the Critics Say

"As he dispenses concrete, practical advice on how to make the most of our lives, Cornell gerontologist Pillemer turns for answers to our elders. Giving familiar advice a new spin by mining the rich resource of older Americans, Pillemer offers a refreshing, smart wakeup call about getting your priorities straight and living right." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author skillfully weaves a prevailing theme (e.g., parenting, aging fearlessly) with self-disclosing statements from interviewees to create a compelling, inspirational book." (Library Journal (starred))

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Solid advice, however memory may bias it

The author has done an excellent job of consolidating 1,200 interviews from elderly people into meaningful stories and advice. There were many things you would expect, however there was some like those on aging that were eye opening. I do believe what they have to say has value, however I challenge his logic that they are experts (which he says way to often) thus everything he writes is true. For example, his editing can sway the truth and their advice is based on experiences that they remember. Memory is not as accurate as we think it is and advice is always easier to give to others than to follow ourselves. That said this audio give plenty of food for thought.
http://legacyproject.human.cornell.edu/
http://www.collaborativejourneys.com/looking-back-30-lessons-for-living-from-the-wisest-americans/
http://www.glendahaskell.com/steppingstones/9.pdf
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- Glenn

LOVE the narrator as well as the book ofc

I personally felt the narrator had a voice full of compassion, which fits the sentiment of the book, and I had the impression that the narrator read with the audience in mind - he read slow enough for me to take in the words but fast enough so there's flow. Thank you!
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- Soongjae

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2011
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC