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June 18, 2016 / Leslie

Audiobook Review: Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide

Quick-Take Rapid Review

Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide by Michael E. KinsleyOldAge

Publisher: Random House Audio | April 2016
Format: Audio Download | 3½ hours | Rating: 3½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Genre: Memoir

What’s it about?

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked “Exit.”

The notorious baby boomers—the largest age cohort in history—are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about?

Quick Take

This short memoir is a series of previously published essays. The author, who is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, is reflecting back on life as a member of the Boomer generation. Mostly enjoyable, witty, and often humorous, it occasionally veered onto the depressing side — especially since I know I’m on the downside of the hill too.

My only dislike was the last essay where the author proposes that Boomers should pay off the national debt. Huh? Hopefully this was a tongue-in-cheek suggestion. After the 2008 crash I know more than a few people who can little afford more taxes much less give back their social security.

For those who are members of the Boomer generation, this book should resonate with you. Other generations may enjoy taking a peek at what all the boomer fuss was about.

Audio Production

The book was narrated by Danny Campbell. Enjoyable and easy to listen to.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by PRH Audio.
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  1. Mary / Jun 18 2016 7:27 pm

    At 3.5 hrs I’m very tempted by your review.


  2. Beth F / Jun 20 2016 6:33 am

    Ha, ha — on the paying the national debt. The generation younger than the boomers has more money than we do.


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