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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love Peter so much, but this was by far the worst of his books. I beg you, give him a chance with another - Pandora's star, maybe. He's really an incredible author.
Little to no actual science fiction. It's filled with sexual pauses in the story which basically means the story doesn't go anywhere. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this is the first I've skilled ahead in just to get the story moving. If the sex scenes were short it might be okay but they are really long and written very poorly.
Horrible romance story pretending to be Sci-fi.
Just an old writers day dream of a second day chance at sex.
This book lacked the breadth and scope of the other books that it serves as a prequel to. The idea of rejuvenation is central to those books, and there is a lot of potential for a great story about its emergence. Unfortunately, this isn't that story. The plot is very linear and lacks any real surprises or twists. It's not much of a spoiler to say that it's about the unrestrained sex life of a rich 80 year old who suddenly has a 20 year old body. Don't plan on listening to this where kids, friends, co-workers, might hear you. They will think you are listening to a soft-core romance novel.
There are so many interesting questions that could be raised by the emergence of rejuvenation technologies. The changes in human relationships would be profound. This book touched on a few of those, but could have gone so much further. It took far too long to tell this part off the story, instead of looking into the and the next generation of rejuvenation.
The performance was very good.
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