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The Future Audiobook

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

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Publisher's Summary

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times best-selling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything - a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world:

  • Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.” - an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.
  • The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases.
  • The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets.
  • A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.
  • Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science - and are putting control of evolution in human hands.
  • There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth’s ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.

From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths - no matter how “inconvenient” they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, The Future is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.

©2013 Al Gore (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language - and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson.” (E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 04-17-13
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The Future is BORING"

    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.

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    ROBB HOEHLEIN 02-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "at times long winded but we'll worth the effort"

    I hope my kids have a chance to read this while it's still relevant to their future

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    Thom 01-09-15
    Thom 01-09-15

    Father of 2 married 8 years. Forward is the only option

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    "Very informative very educational. Easy to listen"

    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!

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    Letta Mego 09-29-13
    Letta Mego 09-29-13

    Letta Mego .. fighting electric utility companies & their military-like tactics forcing wireless transmitter "smart" meters into US homes

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    "After "The Assault on Reason," this is nothing."
    Would you try another book from Al Gore and/or Al Gore?

    Yes, I'd hope he be as real as he was in "The Assault on Reason".


    Has The Future turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What does Al Gore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Al Gore, is Al Gore. A magnificient writer and narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer San Diego, CA USA 04-06-13
    Amazon Customer San Diego, CA USA 04-06-13 Member Since 2010

    spiritabroad

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    "Should be required reading for all citizens."

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Luis FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, United States 03-04-13
    Luis FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Eye Opener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    Ginger 07-31-13
    Ginger 07-31-13
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    "Highly recommend"

    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.

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    Meme 07-20-13
    Meme 07-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    sharon by the sea SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-11-13
    sharon by the sea SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-11-13

    sharon by the sea

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    What made the experience of listening to The Future the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future?

    The overview of how the number of young men, unemployment rate, and education come together to impact peace.


    What about Al Gore’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Gore's reading voice was easy to understand.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Stephen Little Rock, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-25-13
    Stephen Little Rock, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very good read"
    Where does The Future rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Future to and why?

    Al Gore's The Assault On Reason is a nice introduction to the topics in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the use of fiber optic lines in providing the financial industry ever increasing transaction speeds.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it is long.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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