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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherwin B. Nuland Narrator: Sherwin B. Nuland Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780739344019
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In his landmark book How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland profoundly altered our perception of the end of life. Now in The Art of Aging, Dr. Nuland steps back to explore the impact of aging on our minds and bodies, strivings and relationships. Melding a scientist’s passion for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, Nuland has created a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life’s journey.

The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable–and rarely welcome–and yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body’s energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art–and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards.

“I’m taking the journey even while I describe it,” writes Nuland, now in his mid-seventies and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice. Drawing on his own life and work, as well as the lives of friends both famous and not, Nuland portrays the astonishing variability of the aging experience. Faith and inner strength, the deepening of personal relationships, the realization that career does not define identity, the acceptance that some goals will remain unaccomplished–these are among the secrets of those who age well.

Will scientists one day fulfill the dream of eternal youth? Nuland examines the latest research into extending life and the scientists who are pursuing it. But ultimately, what compels him most is what happens to the mind and spirit as life reaches its culminating decades. Reflecting the wisdom of a long lifetime, The Art of Aging is a work of luminous insight, unflinching candor, and profound compassion.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/29/2013

    " This was an interesting and insightful book on older adults. Nuland combines his own experiences and case studies with "book knowledge" making it an easier read than I anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Grantham | 11/4/2013

    " Still searching for wisdom on the aging process. This book was quite good, especially the beginning and ending chapters. It got a little bogged down in the middle...as one reviewer said, it could have used a stronger editor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 9/21/2013

    " I enjoyed the book even though it has a very formal writing style reminiscent of scientific publications. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 8/12/2013

    " Some of this was 'old news' (pun intended), but it did help me down the continuum of wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Scanlon | 8/8/2013

    " This book is written by a surgeon who talk about his life experience and the experiences of others 80 plus who live full lives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 7/21/2013

    " Rambling, self-serving boring book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 5/7/2013

    " Nuland tells about how different people he's met who managed to grow old and continue to enjoy life in spite of physical setbacks. (But I'm having trouble remembering the highlights....) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Lawler | 3/11/2013

    " I liked this book. Although not exactly a page turner I found it inspirational. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/25/2013

    " Nuland wrote "How We Die," which was excellent. This latest effort starts slow and goes nowhere. Even if you're old, this will bore you. Only good parts are the intro and chap 1, which describe the aging process and acceptance of mortality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/18/2012

    " I read this as research for my radio program aimed at senior citizens. It proved valuable for the personal stories of friends and variability ofthe aging experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Johnson | 9/12/2011

    " There was a lot of blathering and the authored used a few irrelevant sidebars. I was interested in the subject matter of aging but was expecting a more clinical, evidence-based approach from a doctor. This doctor instead engages in wild speculation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 2/11/2011

    " A no-nonsense approach to aging. Dr. Nuland writes beautifully. I have to re-read his "How We Die."

    Enjoyed the anecdotes and learned something new: not just exercising but weight lifting is very beneficial to the aging body. Who knew?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/1/2010

    " I enjoyed the book even though it has a very formal writing style reminiscent of scientific publications. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/5/2010

    " Still searching for wisdom on the aging process. This book was quite good, especially the beginning and ending chapters. It got a little bogged down in the middle...as one reviewer said, it could have used a stronger editor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/20/2009

    " Some of this was 'old news' (pun intended), but it did help me down the continuum of wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/25/2009

    " This book is written by a surgeon who talk about his life experience and the experiences of others 80 plus who live full lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 8/31/2008

    " This was an interesting and insightful book on older adults. Nuland combines his own experiences and case studies with "book knowledge" making it an easier read than I anticipated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 4/25/2007

    " Nuland wrote "How We Die," which was excellent. This latest effort starts slow and goes nowhere. Even if you're old, this will bore you. Only good parts are the intro and chap 1, which describe the aging process and acceptance of mortality. "

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About the Author
Author Sherwin B. NulandA clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of numerous books including How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award; Lost in America: A Journey with My Father; Maimonides; and Leonardo da Vinci. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.