Not Dead Yet

A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old
Narrated by: Alpha Trivette
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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An NPR Book of the Year, “worth, oh well, its weight in gold. . . . vivid and eloquent.” (The New York Times Book Review)

An upbeat memoir to savor and admire, Not Dead Yet proves that in your later years you can still be going strong . . . and having fun!

“Old age is a shipwreck,” Charles de Gaulle once observed. Not so, says Herb Gold in this lively, often hilarious memoir of his first seven decades. He is clearly enjoying every moment to its fullest. This is a book about how time overtakes us, how reminiscence, loss, hope, pain, success, failure—the lifelong accumulation of dreams and reality—crowd about us with every passing day. Combining a fascinating selection of people, places, and key events from a long life into the alembic of his ever-fertile imagination, Gold has distilled gold from his uncanny ability to recall conversations, anecdotes, atmosphere, and telling detail. By turns wickedly funny (“Prostate surgeries and hysterectomies are not immediately visible at art gallery openings.”) and touching (“It’s harder to learn how to laugh alone.”), Not Dead Yet, in this age of overheated memoirs, will surely find its way to a grateful audience both young and young at heart.

©2008, 2011 Herbert Gold (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Poorly written.

What would have made Not Dead Yet better?

Less of a flip attitude. More attention to detail.

What was most disappointing about Herbert Gold’s story?

The distance between the writer and his own story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was standard.

Any additional comments?

Consider essays and non-fiction by first-rate writers like Philip Lopate, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Ames, David Rackoff, etc.