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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

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"One of the most hopeful and motivating quality-of-life audio lessons available." ( AudioFile)

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A real answer to longevity

I am very impressed with this study on longevity in these Blue Zones. The changes are simple & doable. I have already started. 👌😁

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good book

Its a simple and easy way to look at health and living. i realy enjoyed it

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Eye opening!

This was a great book! I certainly didn't expect the findings from the research. However, they have put things into perspective and things make more sense now. I am even keen to get the written book so I can refer back to it easier. there's some good stats in it

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Really enjoyed this reading, the content was fascinating and well presented. The observations made and recounted was written with great detail that made it engaging and created very vivid visuals to aid the understanding of the blue zones. it has certainly made me look at areas in my own life that I could improve. I found the narrators accents great and quite funny at times especially hearing him take on an Aussie accent, being Australian myself I don't know that we sound like that but I enjoyed it!!

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  • 01-05-2015

It's a book, not high school play!

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...

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  • 28-04-2011

Excellent audio book with great supporting website

The message is one of hope and practical advice on how to maximise both length and quality of life. An excellent book, well read and easy to listen to, with great supporting website. At first I thought the findings might be summarised more quickly, and wanted to just go to the last chapter. Perhaps I would have if I had a paper copy. However, in hindsight, I have the concepts more firmly committed to memory by listening to the case studies. Like church sermons or university lectures, the stories serve me as hooks on which to pin the lessons.

I love the way the reader attempts to use appropriate accents for the different nationalities of the people he refers to. I am a Kiwi, and so had to laugh a bit at his New Zealand accent attempt, but then I am sure he would laugh at my take on an American accent. Good on ya mate for having a crack at it!

Is it easy to put this advice into practice? I would say yes. I bought a bag of Almond nuts and enjoying this new addition to my diet. My own recommendation is whole grain porridge with sultanas and apple mixed into it.

Read it today ... you will get this time investment back many times over I expect. Cheers.

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  • 01-01-2017

would enjoy hard copy more...it's a reference book

the book includes interesting short stories about centenarians, but overall it is a research book to use as reference. having a hard copy to easily refer to previous chapters would have worked better for me.

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  • 04-02-2013

Nice collection of stories - but not much more

I guess this is one of those books that you could actually get the abridged version and probably get the most out of it more efficiently. Ironically enough, that's probably just the thing the book talks about that people should avoid :)

Based on the book cover this looks like one of those annoying self-help books which almost turned me away from this. But since I googled out Dan Buettner and looked at his credentials of writing to the National Geographic, it somehow made me convinced that this might be worth checking out. I still wish they'd make a different cover, even it seems shallow or non-important thing for many.

And the book kinda was worth checking out. The stories from people Dan interviews are fascinating and their lifestyles are worth investigating. This really made me think of how modern people live their lives and how much time have changed things that are important to us. Not all of us can live in the mountains and herd sheeps and not have any income at all, but there's still lessons top be learned.

It's also fascinating to think of how much these people have actually seen throughout their lives. How very much times have changes during the past century. I mean some of these people have been living post WWI era, seen the Titanic being built and lived through the Great Depression, WWII to the birth of the modern science and all. It's also funny that in one of the people Dan interviews, the centenary man says he picked up some sweets from the market place to his son, who likes'em a lot. For some reason I automatically imagine someone's child to be a giddy schoolboy who is excited to get some candy from his father. Turned out that his son was over 80 years old :)

If you're not interested in the stories of old people or are just expecting a list on how to add more years to your life, just google it out. There's no magic pill or solution obviously, but Dan makes a pretty decent list at the end of the book to summarize the things science either knows or suggests that add up to a healthy life. They all make sense.

I have to say that throughout the book the religious part somehow annoyed me, even it was kept at bay most of the time. It is said in the book that being religious or having spiritual habits adds up to more years, mostly through routines and social contacts, and it's never even suggested that afterlife has anything to do with it. Yet it sill bothers me how big part the religion seems to be in all of this, but that's probably subjective and not a real problem.

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  • 10-09-2021

The Blue Zones

enjoyed it. written like a travel novel cross documentary. Full of fascinating facts about longevity and many characterful sentenarians. I was thrilled that the book summarises practical ways of implementing longevity practices as part of our own daily existence. The performance was entertaining as each character came to life in their authentic personality and quirks.

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  • Gigi
  • 17-08-2021

calming

This was easy listening. McConnohie was an excellent reader. The stories gave the feeling of well researched information, that was presented in a clear and concise format. I enjoyed the book very much. it presented me with information I will incorporate in my daily life as food for thoughts and as an impetus for future actions.

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  • Jan
  • 07-09-2012

Was excited to find it...

I loved the National Geographic Article it was based on and wanted to know more... wished it delivered. Lots of misprounounced words and the whole piece felt kinda like generalizations of what healthy people do in other places.

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  • Frank
  • 14-01-2013

Some interesting information’s

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not the most exiting book I read

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The book did not grab me, it was just OK

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  • Pietro
  • 07-01-2013

Green Light for Blue Zone

What made the experience of listening to The Blue Zones the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Caroline E Williams
  • 01-10-2021

Worth a listen

I was on the fence about this book because I saw the reviews were mixed. But I very much enjoyed this book and was glad I decided to listen. The stories highlighted and interactions with all the centenarians were fascinating. They really helped to highlight why the conclusions from the Blue Zones study are what they are. The stories helped the conclusions come to life. Yes, you can get this same information elsewhere by googling the blue zones but if you’re genuinely interested in the topic and really want to understand why the Power 9 recommendations are what they are, then you’ll enjoy this book. Also the accents didn’t bother me. Nothing was over the top or overly stereotypical/offensive. I thought the narrator did a great job.

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  • 06-09-2018

Great read, more anecdotes than science.

Great read, more anecdotes than science. Nice stories about the individuals visited and their lives. Good for beginners or those interested in small changes to improve life. Not recommended for those who already read deep into the topic of health and longevity.

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  • 13-06-2022

Simple and life changing

Simple, enjoyable read full of useful tips that are easy to implement. The only drawback is that now I dreaming of moving to Sardegna rather than living my life in London.

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  • B Lavender
  • 07-03-2022

Great content but terrible narration

Love the content. However the narration by Michael McConnohie is overly dramatic and gets in the way.
He frequently tries to use Central American, Chinese, Italian and Australian accents which is laughable.
He's unable to pronounce certain words like 'lived' which also is distracting.

If you want the audio, buy the Kindle book and use the iOS speak screen or Android equivalent

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  • Paraskevas
  • 02-01-2022

Changed my life.

Thank you. skip to last hr for summary if ur short of time. You are welcome

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