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.
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.
Father of 2 married 8 years. Forward is the only option
I've only been partly aware of these issues since I listened to Silent Spring. And after that I listen to incognito. Al Gore opens a full spectrum of all the things that put this world in danger. But also list the good promise change. I am only a listener now but in using a lot of the ideas you gave us to my own life. And instill these ideas into my children which are the future. Thank You Al!
Letta Mego .. fighting electric utility companies & their military-like tactics forcing wireless transmitter "smart" meters into US homes
Yes, I'd hope he be as real as he was in "The Assault on Reason".
Al Gore, is Al Gore. A magnificient writer and narrator.
I'm so disappointed in Al Gore.... He's stopped being for the people... I guess having the presidential election STOLEN by an unqualified, lesser man, was just too much. At least he wrote a fantastic book, "The Assault on Reason" before he quit. I keep hoping he'll join someone like Ralph Nader and come back and save us all from the horrible mess we're in ... with our freedom, privacy, human rights, health and our security being stollen from us by telecommunication-cell phone-smart meter nuts, Monsanto, Bankers and Wall Street.. "The Future" makes me think Al Gore has decided to join the monsters listed above.
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.
Yes, I would recomend this book, althoug it may me a little hard at the beggining to understand all the variables intertwined, this book is a great window into the future!
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.