IT’S NEVER TOO LATE & YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Audiobooks—nonfiction - CLAIRE FOSTER

Vic John­son, Lau­ren­zana Press, $39.99 (2.25 hours), 978-1-5200-3017-3 John­son of­fers an op­ti­mistic boost to any­one who’s ready to try some­thing new, at any age.

In his won­der­ful new au­dio­book, It’s Never Too Late & You’re Never Too Old, Vic John­son shows that you don’t have to choose to “get old.” Us­ing in­spir­ing anec­dotes, the au­dio­book is both re­as­sur­ing and com­pelling.

The au­dio­book is di­vided into fifty sec­tions, each with the story of a fa­mous per­son who found suc­cess after the age of fifty. Th­ese are all fa­mil­iar names: Colonel San­ders, Ray­mond Chan­dler, and Ju­lia Child are on the list. But how did they be­come suc­cess­ful? What were their strug­gles? John­son re­lates their bi­ogra­phies, fo­cus­ing on how each per­son over­came their ob­sta­cles—from health is­sues, to fi­nan­cial fail­ure, to fam­ily prob­lems—to cap­ture per­sonal suc­cess. In each story, John­son em­pha­sizes that age isn’t the is­sue. Age is a state of mind, and the fifty sto­ries re­in­force the same les­son for the en­tire au­dio­book.

Nar­ra­tor Eric Synnestvedt has a won­der­ful, pos­i­tive tone that sus­tains John­son’s ma­te­rial well. His voice is pleas­ant and pro­fes­sional. He enun­ci­ates clearly, and sticks to the story with­out dra­ma­tiz­ing. Although it’s ob­vi­ous that there will be a happy end­ing to each story, John­son uses sus­pense to keep the lis­tener guess­ing. There is none of the stan­dard self-help fare of prac­ti­cal ad­vice, check­lists, jour­nal ex­er­cises, or guided med­i­ta­tions. In­stead, John­son lets his sub­jects’ bi­ogra­phies do the talk­ing.

John­son’s def­i­ni­tion of “suc­cess” is fairly nar­row: fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity and pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tion. It’s ac­tu­ally com­fort­ing for mil­len­ni­als and other younger lis­ten­ers, too. Do what you love, John­son re­it­er­ates, and don’t lose hope. There’s al­ways time left to live your dreams.

An ex­cel­lent and re­lax­ing au­dio­book, It’s Never Too Late & You’re Never Too Old op­ti­mistic boost to any­one who’s ready to try some­thing new, at any age. of­fers an

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