It's 2040. After decades of research, scientists of the European Union believe that they have at last conquered humankind's most pernicious foe: old age. For the first time, technology holds out the promise of not merely slowing the aging process but actually reversing it. The first subject for treatment is 78-year-old philanthropist Jeff Baker. After 18 months in a rejuvenation tank, Jeff emerges looking like a 20-year-old. And the change is more than skin deep. From his hair cells down to his DNA, Jeff is 20 - with a breadth of life experience.
But while possessing the wisdom of a septuagenarian at age 20 is one thing, raging testosterone is another, as Jeff soon discovers. Suddenly his oldest friends seem, well, old. Jeff's trophy wife looks better than she ever did. His teenage son, Tim, is more like a younger brother. And Tim's nubile girlfriend is a conquest too tempting to resist. Jeff's rejuvenated libido wreaks havoc on the lives of his friends and family, straining his relationship with Tim to the breaking point. It's as if youth is a drug, and Jeff is wasted on it. But if so, it's an addiction he has no interest in kicking.
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This is not a typical space operas in PFH style, but this is a great story about love, life, family and friendship. Also, this book is a prequel to the Commonwealth Saga.
The story revolves around Jeff Baker, a well-known British scientist who had previously developed a digital storage device based on crystals that has many more times the storage capacity of hard drives, and had given the design away for free for anyone to benefit from. He is in his 80's, with a teenage son and a "trophy" wife, and he becomes the first person to undergo rejuvenation.
I will never again knowingly purchase another title voiced by Scott Brick.
To describe this book in one word, when compared to the rest of the series, that word is, sadly, "boring."
The story details the family life and father son relationship of the first recipient of the rejuvenation treatment common throughout the rest of the series.
But, in this book, there is no space travel, no gates, no aliens, no SI.
It's just a brilliant scientist, his family and a snapshot of the world politics of the days leading to what will eventually become the Commonwealth stories.
If you love the series, you can skip this one without losing any sleep that you've missed out.
If you feel a sort of historian's devotion to know all the details of Hamilton's Commonwealth series, by all means, give it a go.
Personally, the story did very little for me.
It lacked all of the excitement and adventure of the other books and existed largely as a character study of an elderly man given another shot at youth.
If you are a Peter F. Hamilton fan as I am, please save your money or credits and let this one pass you by to avoid extreme disappointment. I couldn't decide if Hamilton had just 'lost it' and decided to write the 'rejuvenated man bangs every woman he finds and makes poor choices fantasy' or if it would turn in the end to have some deep hidden message. Nope, no such luck. Here's hoping the next eagerly awaited audio book will be his traditional, exciting adventure.
In general, Steven Crossley's narration was good. He had a few female characters's that I would not have pegged as women if there weren't some pronouns in use.
The book. It's barely a Commonwealth book, very soap opera-ish.
I was hoping for something with a larger scale.
Great characterizations the make the characters more interesting.
I'm a big fan of PFH; I've listened to nearly all of his work available on Audible. While I tolerate his typical, descriptive sexual encounters in most books, this is beyond the pale. It's the first book of his that I won't finish. It is very, very thin on science fiction, and very, very heavy on teenage fantasy. I'm more than halfway through and I don't think there's a true storyline here, just loosely threaded sexual encounters that occur about every 20 pages. If that's your thing, then I'm sure this book will do it for you, but I'm off to try some other writers for a while.
I like Hamilton's other books and thought this would be good background for the other stories in the series, but it proved to be a lot of sex and getting high. It is basically about an 80(?) year old man who gets the rejuvenated body of a 25 year old and then cannot control himself. He even takes his son's girlfriend. That is the point I stopped the book.
I found it depressing.
I love everything else that Peter F. Hamilton has written, but this was terribly boring. I didn't even finish the book and never will. Don't bother.
No, I enjoy the author's other works.
Anger, sadness and disappointment.
This is story about an old man's fantasy about having sex with his grandson's female friends.
Narrator OK. I forced my self to endure the very amateur story line and views on society; "surely this will go somewhere?". But, alas, a COMPLETE waste of time and money. Seems there were a few seeds of technical knowledge the author acquired and tried to grow but they died on fallow soil without the fertilizer of maturity and depth. The ONLY good thing was the audible book was a wonderful sleeping pill...it was so boring I usually would fall asleep in 5 minutes. Perhaps the advertisements could play up "Almost instant sleep aid without the drugs". DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. Now I fear I have wasted more money because in a weak moment I bough a series by the author...I'll let you know!
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