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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Weiner Narrator: Jim Meskimen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer Jonathan Weiner comes a fast-paced and astonishing scientific adventure story: has the long-sought secret of eternal youth at last been found?

In recent years, the dream of eternal youth has started to look like more than just a dream. In the twentieth century alone, life expectancy increased by more than thirty years—almost as much time as humans have gained in the whole span of human existence. Today a motley array of scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs believe that another, bigger leap is at hand—that human immortality is not only possible, but attainable in our own time. Is there genius or folly in the dreams of these charismatic but eccentric thinkers?

In Long for This World, Jonathan Weiner, a natural storyteller and an intrepid reporter with a gift for making cutting-edge science understandable, takes the listener on a whirlwind intellectual quest to find out. From Berkeley to the Bronx, from Cambridge University to Dante’s tomb in Ravenna, Weiner meets the leading intellectuals in the field and delves into the mind-blowing science behind the latest research. He traces the centuries-old, fascinating history of the quest for longevity in art, science, and literature, from Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, Doctor Faustus to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

And he tells the dramatic story of how aging could be conquered once and for all, focusing on the ideas of those who believe aging is a curable disease. Chief among them is the extraordinary Aubrey de Grey, a garrulous Englishman who bears more than a passing resemblance to Methuselah (at 969 years, the oldest man in the Bible), and who is perhaps immortality’s most radical and engaging true believer.

A rollicking scientific adventure story in the grand manner of Oliver Sacks, Long for This World is science writing of the highest order and with the highest stakes. Could we live forever? And if we could, would we want to?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant!”

    Oliver Sacks, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A great trip…Weiner writes engagingly [and] explores the fractured, fuzzy science and pseudoscience of immortality.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A brilliant and improbably funny look inside the mind-bending science of immortality.”

    Village Voice

  • “The promise of eternal youth is both tantalizingly close and far-fetched in this fascinating primer on longevity research…An engrossing tour of cutting-edge research…Weiner’s erudite, elegant exposition of the underlying science is stimulating yet sobering.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee | 2/9/2014

    " Jonathan Weiner has written a work that illuminates the current research and progress of the science of immortality. I was hoping for a bit more of the actual "gritty" research findngs, but consider the elegant prose and literary stylings to be close to an even exchange. This book makes the reader strongly ponder what exactly it is to be a mortal human, and if the option presented itself, would we be better off as immortals? Overall, this was a wonderfully written unbiased piece of work that touches on a lesser known branch of science. Some might argue that it is more style than substance, but I think that people interested in thought provoking works will greatly enjoy this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matt | 2/3/2014

    " This book is not nearly as interesting as it should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron Davison | 1/24/2014

    " More important than how it is written is that the fact that this books explores a topic we tend not to think about: what if aging, as any illness, was something we could "cure?" If nothing else, the thought of being 500 is fascinating - or so I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thom | 1/13/2014

    " A well rounded overview of gerontology and aging related subjects nowadays, even touching on ethical issues. Author seems to have remained mostly neutral; I find myself on the side of Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey - but with a name like that, who wouldn't be? "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Weiner

Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country: his books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times magazine, and Scientific American, and his books include Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality; The Beak of the Finch; Time, Love, Memory; and His Brother’s Keeper. A natural storyteller, he is an intrepid reporter with a gift for making cutting-edge science understandable.