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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. J. Jacobs Narrator: A. J. Jacobs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.

Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A. J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. To accomplish this epic task, he consulted an army of experts and subjected himself to dozens of different workouts, diets, and devices—from Finger Fitness to Strollercize sessions, veganism to extreme chewing.

The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. It will serve you up today’s best health advice. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Why go to the gym when you can sit and read a funny book about it instead?”

    USA Today

  • “Jacobs’ light touch camouflages the impressive amount of research that goes into each chapter. He reads books and medical reports, interviews experts and scientists as well as enthusiasts on the fringe, then tries everything himself. He brings a skeptic’s eye to each point of view, but he remains respectful of even the wackiest ideas…Yes, the results are funny, but this is, at heart, a serious book, with an underlying poignancy: As Jacobs works to get healthier, his beloved grandfather begins his slow decline, reminding us that no matter how healthy we are, it’s all going to end the same way.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “While Jacobs’s attempts at health enlightenment can be hilarious, visits with his grandfather, famed labor lawyer Theodore Kheel, provide the most revealing glimpse into the secrets of aging well.”


  • “You’ll burn calories laughing out loud.”


  • “Jacobs returns with another delightful look at self-improvement…Jacobs’s account of his journey is engrossing and will have readers chuckling at the measures he takes in pursuit of perfect health.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jacobs achieves an instant intimacy with the reader, making his family life as much a part of the narrative as his many meetings with medical theorists and health gurus. He’s a clever humorist who successfully takes his readers on a round trip from reality to absurdity, dispensing solid, valuable health information along with fascinating oddities.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bright, funny and even useful…Drop Dead Healthy is a one-book sampling of conventional wisdom on health and fitness.”

    New York Times

  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina Dudley | 2/14/2014

    " Entertaining, as always, with its share of cocktail-party facts. I agree that the immersive broad-sweep format suits health research less than reading encyclopedias, but even so Jacobs saw payoff in his own numbers. Basically, not being so obsessive and hating working out, I'm doomed. No treadmill desk for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/11/2014

    " I love A.J. Jacobs' books. They give you a perfect mix of information and humour. Not quite as funny as The Year of Living Biblically but still good for more than a few chuckles. I also learned a bunch about the health industry. My favourite trivia fact: Nike's "Just Do It!" slogan is inspired by Gary Gilmore's plea to have the state put him to death! Good to know! Thanks A.J.! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erika L. Miller | 2/9/2014

    " Another great book by A.J. Jacobs. He mad me laugh, chuckle, nod my head in agreement and even go "hmmm" over some of things he learned. Maybe it's the fact that I read this while participating in a fast that allowed me to be more sympathetic to his ups and downs and ...balancing act of not losing weight. Or it could just be I was glad to read about someone suffering with me. Some of the things he learned I will try to incorporate in my own life. Less meat, more vegetables. Switching up my workout routine and exercising the undermined aspects of my body...guess who's going back to Big Brain Academy. A book I l would recommend to anyone who is curious about health without all of the reading an enjoys humor and heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole Jones | 2/4/2014

    " Although I enjoyed this book it wasn't nearly as funny as his previous books. "

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