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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (310 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karl Pillemer Ph.D. Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/13/2014

    " Maybe 4 stars. The first 3 chapters were so ho-hum I almost quit, so boring and platitudinous that it was really just wading through. The next 2 chapters were pretty good, and the last ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/6/2014

    " Pretty trite and predicable. No one seems to have noticed the internal contradictions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/5/2014

    " This book puts together "life lessons" learned from from surveying members of the oldest generation, 65-100 years old, asking them to talk about what they have found to be most important in life, what they regret, what they would do differently, and what choices impacted their lives the most. I enjoyed reading their accounts, and it was good reminder about what truly is important in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/5/2014

    " Bland writing and obvious wisdom. My expectations exceeded the book's merit. Very disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes Marner | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. It will probably go on my re-read shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/18/2014

    " This book is a compilation of stories told to gertonologist while gather data from American citizens over the age of 65. More than 1,000 individuals participated in this survey. It took the author five years to complete the project, but what I have read so far is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/5/2013

    " This is an excellent book. It's a quick read, and it gives some fantastic lessons for ways to be happy in life. I loved this book, and I would recommend it to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 12/5/2013

    " I found a lot of good information here -- hopefully I will remember to follow the great advice I read. It was a good reinforcement of some of the things I already in my life, such as choosing experiences over things (traveling with extra money instead of remodeling the kitchen, for example). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Balina | 12/2/2013

    " Somewhat academic to read, but really great advice and reminders on how to live a fulfilling life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta Rowe | 8/6/2013

    " Overall the lessons learned were not surprising. I did like the advice given on how these wise elders handled common problems. There's some good view points on being a parent and some very good points on choosing a spouse. It's the stories that go with the advice that makes this book worthwhile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/24/2013

    " Read only about half of the book. The stories were not as interesting as I had expected, nor was the interspersed commentary enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/10/2013

    " This book has something to change my life practically in every chapter. For that reason I would read a little, implement what I read, then go back and read again. If you could get advice from the "experts" on living, would you? Read this book and see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 12/12/2012

    " Great book! Recommend for all ages to read. Good perspective for important topics in life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 11/19/2012

    " One of the best books I've read... Highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iris | 6/6/2012

    " there is nothing new here. should've been a blog entry. c've saved some trees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mariah | 5/29/2012

    " I really enjoyed this quick read. It's lessons were straightforward and very grounding. I came away feeling uplifted and recharged. Recommended for vacation or before bed reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Afonso | 1/19/2012

    " I don't usually like self-improvement or advice books, but reading this was very enjoyable. Simple but not superficial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Safaa | 1/3/2012

    " Honestly, I didn't finish reading the book, but I got some great advice from it nonetheless. For example, hitting your kids really doesn't help, and make sure you choose a career you can wake up in the morning to. "

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