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Misspent Youth

Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Set in the near future, over 300 years before Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, Peter F. Hamilton's Misspent Youth is a gripping introduction to the world of the Commonwealth Saga.

Jeff Baker is granted the gift of eternal youth. However, it's not all it seems....

It is 2040, and after decades of research we can finally rejuvenate a human being. At 78 years old, Jeff Baker - renowned inventor and philanthropist - has given the world much of his creative genius. He's therefore selected as first choice for this gift.

At first rejuvenation feels like a miracle, until the glow begins to fade. Personal relationships start to break down, and the world waits for more brilliant new work. Living the dream will come at a cost, but can Jeff pay the price?

©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Waste of a credit

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Actually making this a sci-fi novel rather than a pre-teen wannabe erotica.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything but this.

What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s voice?

Slooooooooooooooow, had to listen to the entire novel at 2x speed

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all of Peter F. Hamilton's other books, and they are brilliant, this one is crap beyond belief. It doesn't answer any questions about rejuvenation that you may have from his other books, and the entire story is centered around teen angst. Frankly, there weren't any characters in the book that I actually liked either. Save yourself the credit and get something else, seriously.

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  • Australia
  • 11-28-16

A bit of a slim story.

Compared to the previous 4 books from Peter this was a bit slim in depth an focused too much on lust. Only my opinion. I prefer the depth of the commonwealth series. My review typed on my phone in a hurry.

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  • nm wood
  • 11-29-16

Plot of a soap opera

Struggled through tithe end in the hope of a plot because I'd paid good money to listen to this book. no better than a day time soap episode, just very poor.

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  • EMM
  • 11-20-16

Sci-Fi

Not sure what percentage of a story needs to be sci-Fi in order for it to be listed as a Sc-iF book, but you won't find much in this. This was almost a Jeffrey Archer listen. Unfortunately it is a long winded and dull. I very much enjoyed this authors other books but think this book is a dud.

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  • Beenay25
  • 01-05-17

Not Hamilton's usual standard.

Slow story. Not very enthralling as the only characters that I felt any empathy for were minor roles. Was more of a soap opera than sci-fi. (If you like stories where Bob is knobbing Dave's girlfriend and the resultant drama that occurs when Dave inevitably walks in at the worst possible moment... then this might be for you)

On the plus side, there were a couple of cameos from later books that were quite a treat.

Ending felt rather abrupt.

Audio performance wasn't great either. Very little range between characters.

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  • michael jones
  • 12-11-16

Boring Soap opera

Unfortunately after reading and falling in love with Peter F hamiltons epic space opera stories, especially those set in the commonwealth, I decided to listen to this in hope of some back story to the development of the rejuvenation process. If your looking for an epic Sci fi story with an epic plot with all the twists and turns we've come to expect from Hamilton, or in fact any plot then don't listen to this, if your wanting a story about a father and son relationship and there feelings for each other than this is just that book.

Unfortunately I went into this book expecting way too much, which possibly could have ruined it for me but after listening to it, I wish I hadn't stuck it out to the end in hope of a big finale as there just wasn't anything worth waiting for!

Apologies to slate the book but it isn't sci-fi and is definitely not my kind of thing, it's more a romantic novel.

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  • Ian
  • 01-11-17

Early work.

Sadly not his greatest book.
Luckily he did t stop writing after this as what he's written since are world class space operas

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  • steven
  • 07-24-19

Loved it

Bit slow to get into but after that. Your it is a good listen 😊

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  • adam
  • 07-12-19

kind of just meanders along.

decent story but doesn't really go anywhere. doesn't setup the rest of the commonwealth story arc, doesn't really tell much of a story that has any impact further than this book. the character narrative happens a little easy and despite everything that happens people just accept each thing that's said, no debate, no push back, it just happens. also got predictable from about half way through.

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  • Ross
  • 06-20-19

Peters erotics fantasies

His books always have a bit grot in them but this was just unbearable. Be better as a script for some cos play porn site.

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  • Khalid S.
  • 01-13-19

Not a sci fi

Really disappointed. no contribution towards the brilliant Common wealth saga. no real plot or direction.

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  • Ørjan
  • 10-20-17

A porn novel desquised as a sci fi book

This book is about a 78 year old who gets the body of a 25 year old and lives a playboy life that destroys the family.
It starts out interesting, but the author throws away the story in order to describe sex scenes with good looking teenagers.
If you just want sex, horny teenagers, parties shallow characters, and no story this is the book for you

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  • Sid
  • 03-14-17

The author needs to get ....

This could have been so much more . But it spirals into an abyss of love triangles . Which I found tedious and slightly off the topic of SCI-FI. Crickey...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-19

Ignore the bad reviews...

If you are familiar with the world created by Peter.F.Hamilton, you will understand the importance of this book as a prequel to the entire Commonwealth series. One of the major premises of the Commonwealth is REJUVINATION... this book explores it with gusto. How many times have we heard the following; "If I was only young again?" or "If I knew then what I know now...!" Misspent Youth explores those ideas against the backdrop of a changing world and disintegrating family.

Those critical of the inclusion of 'sex', must have been blind to the domination of the thought provoking geo-political backdrop of the book, which is particularly interesting since BREXIT.

I was pleasantly surprised by a chance meeting by the books main character with Gore Benelli...

I really enjoyed this book and hope for similar... OZZY and NIGEL?

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  • Stuart Prince
  • 07-26-19

Went looking for a new Sci-fi series. ..

The Commonwealth Saga came up on a search as a good Sci-fi read, so I got the prequel, Misspent Youth. Not what I expected at all. The sample audio didn't accurately represent all the explicit porn in this book. So much porn. There is a difference between a Sci-fi book with a sex scene or two, and a porn novel with a Sci-fi premise. This is the latter, which is fine if thats what you are looking for. Should be some warning.