Award-winning author and researcher Dan Buettner has traveled the world to meet the planet’s longest-lived people, and learned nine powerful yet simple lessons that could put you on the path to longer life. Where did he find them? In the Blue Zones.
Blue Zones are communities where common elements of lifestyle, diet, and outlook have led to an amazing quantity – and quality – of life. Dan Buettner shares the secrets from four of the world’s Blue Zones. Buettner’s extensive study uncovers how these people manage to live longer and better, but found in the everyday things they do: the food they eat, the company they keep, and their very perspectives on life. In The Blue Zones, they become yours to follow for life!
©2010 Dan Buettner (P)2010 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"One of the most hopeful and motivating quality-of-life audio lessons available." (AudioFile)
The author did a good job of blending epidemiologic data along with some interesting stories/anecdotes to make a compelling book. At times the strength of the recommendation given exceeds that of the data available. But all in all a good effort!
A kent'annos! Basic information about four of the world's "Blue Zones" presented in an entertaining series of research vignettes. It's fascinating to see how much of Dan Buettner's research has already become accepted as fact by the popular culture, and thus some of the facts seemed redundant at this point in our history. Well-written and read in a pleasant manner. I would recommend this audiobook, even despite Mr. McConnohie's kind of laughable Sardinian accent. :)
Ok, let me save you a few hours; Drink water, eat a good diet, get moderate exercise, surround yourself with others. Got it? Then you need go no further! Seriously, it wasn't a bad book...it's just nothing new. Now, on to the "artist" who insisted on attempting to imitate a number of different drawls and dialects instead of just reading the book: You, Sir, are not good at accents and you are hugely distracting! This is a book, not high school theater club! Not impressed...
Not the most exiting book I read
The book did not grab me, it was just OK
This book's merit rests on its interesting content, in my opinion, rather than its prose or overall delivery. The speaker was OK but the performance was not as important as having something worthwhile to contribute on this important subject.
I was surprised to discover some of the societies and cultures referred to in the book are under attack by modern lifestyles and are in danger of disappearing. For example younger Okinawans are no longer blessed with the probability of living to 100+ years anymore because the majority have adopted western ways and so have succumbed to modern health issues like heart disease etc.. Therefore the book is a useful reference source for a vanishing world.
I am sure there are 'drier' academic papers on specific Blue Zones but this effort was engaging as it gave an all round view of the subject from a humanistic viewpoint.
Although efforts at storytelling were appreciated I really wanted facts and on this point the book was able to deliver. However the author did also make mention of some fascinating centenarians and that helped keep the momentum going.
Anybody who has reached an age when longevity seems important will benefit from this book as the authentic research it includes, whilst not strictly speaking "scientific" is full of anecodotal advice which I think many will find useful. I say this because I did. For example now I always bring a bag of nuts with me to work as a snack rather than eat biscuits or pastries. Its a small change but add them all up and its greater than the sum of its parts.
Granted some things like a glass of red wine indulged by Sardinians daily is now common knowledge but overall there were enough suggestions to keep me busy with further research for some time to come.
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This is one of those books that is very interesting, full of fascinating information and intriguing facts but you’re glad it’s short!
I am not sure how many tips I will be adapting in my daily routine, but perhaps some suggestions will sink into my subconscious and I’ll apply them in the future without even realizing where I picked up the advice.
It’s kind of reassuring to know that I am doing some things right, like: walking (I do 5km per day / 5 days per week), spending time outdoors everyday (the walks), eating tomatoes (I do about 6 day a week), keep meat to a minimum, don't smoke, maintain an average weight… and my favourite tip of all: drink red wine daily… DAILY!!! HOORAY!!!
Interesting descriptive information about these populations, but compared to what? People with statistics background will likely be disappointed. On the other hand, it probably won't hurt to adopted many of the lifestyle activities identified in the book.
Yes It is a great book to help with your life and well being.
All of it!
a great story and insight
Live long and prosper
I have all my friends reading it. It can save your life.
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