Al, I like you as a statesman, but wow, you're really dry on the narration! Listening to this book in my car, I have to be careful not to doze off!
The content gets mixed reviews from me. Some I found interesting (like technological advances in the makings for the near future, and perspectives on historical technology development and their impacts) and other I found boring (conservatives have it all wrong - I get tired of political dialogue from both sides talking about the shortcomings of the other side ... I get it, left doesn't see through right's eyes and refuses to even consider right's perspective, and similarly right doesn't and can't see through left's eyes).
Overall ... I think I'd buy the book again, but I'm certainly ready to move onto to something new.
I would not buy another book by Al Gore especially if it was READ by Al Gore. OMG! borrrrrning - no inflection, no personality. And he wrote it as if EVERYONE knew the technical terms for everything. I am sorely disappointed. He is a brilliant man - just not relatable to the common person.
no - I really like knowing what is going on in the world - but - not being a Rhodes Scholar, I could not get into this book.
This might be a dry subject - but some life in the inflection when reading would be nice
Can I have my money back?
WARNING - do not try and listen to this book while driving. Drowsiness may occur.
I listen for the sake of learning
I was very disappointed, Al Gore lacks vision...
If Al realized that he did not have much to say about the future, and simple explore the different possibilities, and made sure that he did not mixes perspectives on the future, the book might have worked. His understanding of the financial markets was very interesting and maybe if he had explore that more in depth? There were probably a couple of good book ideas in here, he just needed to focuses more on one of them.
Al lacks a good understanding of energy. And because of this he spent no time at all looking at nuclear options, China is investing heavily in nuclear energy, and based on that alone his coal burning numbers are off. Al talks extensively about old school farming, but never talked about Vertical Farming, because Al never puts together 3D printing and building Vertical Farms... Hydroponic vertical farms solve many of the problems Al mentions. The truth is he named a lot of the right people, he just lacks an understanding to see how it all comes together
Al has a pretty good understanding of informational technology and the idea of animal sexting was both funny and reassuring that Al really does have a sense of humor.
I am a sucker for fact and figures...
Al spends way too much time talking about the future he doesn't want to see, and virtually no time on talking about the future he wants to see. The book is way too negative, and he lacks a problem solving perspective.
Former Vice President Al Gore has done an important public service by consolidating many of the major issues and trends facing this country and the planet into one utterly depressing, but necessary, fact-based book. Even if you are very well-informed and know something about each of the issues in this book, you will probably learn something you didn't know. I enjoyed his putting issues in historical context and demonstrating, not only his technical knowledge, but also his philosophical perspective. Not so much a call to action, it is a call to sanity.
I learned much from this book and listened to it a second time. Will probably even listen a third time. Interesting and thought provoking from start to finish. After hearing Al Gore speak to the Commonwealth Club, and now listening to his book, I have a greater respect and fondness for Mr. Gore. Intelligent, rational, and well researched content. I find it a shame that he was not given the opportunity to lead our country when he was willing to. The world would be a different one. Passionate, caring, down to earth, intelligent and a forward thinking person. If you choose to listen, it just might burst a few of your bubbles.
Great Audio book, after hearing the audiobook you will understand how much pollution is caused by fracking (hydraulic fracturing). How fracking is poisoning our water supply and how much water is wasted.
sharon by the sea
I appreciated its organization which enabled me to focus on specific topics and how the US is being impacted. The information, although detailed and complex, was easy to understand.
The overview of how the number of young men, unemployment rate, and education come together to impact peace.
Mr. Gore's reading voice was easy to understand.
Information about the 3-D printer with its potential use in changing the face of manufacturing on a large scale and how, subsequently, that will impact jobs in the US as well as the rest of the world.
I will definitely listen to it again as it has so much interesting information that I want to better retain as a foundational understanding as I read other books on those same topics.
Pretty high. It's a concise expanded essay on the challenges facing the global community and the United States in particular. Gore spends a good deal of time laying the groundwork for each challenge that will impact the future of humanity--from global climate change (his linchpin issue) to the use of biotech and its ethical considerations, to the interconnected, fragile global financial system.
Al Gore's The Assault On Reason is a nice introduction to the topics in this book.
The description of the use of fiber optic lines in providing the financial industry ever increasing transaction speeds.
Yes, but it is long.
Say something about yourself!
The new technologies in the book are not bad. But, Al Gore admits that he is known for having a boring personality. So why die he decide to read his own book using his monotone voice? I could not listen any more, the reading was too dull. In danger of sleeping while driving.
I think the print version would be better though harder to get through. Gore has done a great job with his data but there is no opportunity to reflect on it in audio
Gore should not be narrating. His intelligence exceeds his place as a evocative compelling narrator
The Future For Now and What We Face and Do Not Know or Address
There is a bit of the sky is falling and it may indeed. The strength of the book is the questions; the weakness is its answers....