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Abundance Audiobook

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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Publisher's Summary

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing - fast. The authors document how four forces - exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the technophilanthropist, and the rising billion - are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic road map for governments, industry, and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

Examining human need by category - water, food, energy, health care, education, and freedom - Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Stephen Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, and many, many others.

©2012 Peter H, Diamandis and Steven Kotler (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This engaging book is a needed corrective, a whirlwind tour of the latest developments in health care, agriculture, energy, and other fields as well as an introduction to thinkers and innovators such as Daniel Kahneman, Ray Kurzweil, and Craig Ventor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    charlie 07-17-12
    charlie 07-17-12
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    "Full of insight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I believe this is a good book if you want to see what is going on out side of your daily circle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

    Farm towers. I had never thought of farming vertically.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    NA- it is a narration.


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

    I listen to the book in two day I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. I was familiar with much of the data presented but I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jack 12-18-13
    jack 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "stick to the facts and skip the politics"
    Would you try another book from Steven Kotler and Peter H. Diamandis and/or Arthur Morey?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler and Peter H. Diamandis again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Arthur Morey’s performances?

    Yes


    Was Abundance worth the listening time?

    Yes, there were some very interesting "facts" but the value was mitigated by a healthy dose of progressive politics injected into the dialog from time to time.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2016

    l'enfer c'est les autres

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    "Best when he's not being a futurist."

    I enjoy the book except for the parts when he's being a futurist and he's trying to predict the future. Other than that, he has a lot to say and I enjoyed the book.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Socialistic propaganda"

    Nothing but a waste of time and money. If the authors would have been able to stick to the facts and the truth I could have enjoyed it, but they had to interject their erroneous opinions and lie about the right. Too bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Douhne Chatsworth, GA United States 02-16-17
    S. Douhne Chatsworth, GA United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2016

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    "amazing book so exciting to think about the future"

    love the book Austin think about how we've gotten to this point in our lives and in innovation excited to be living in a time where we will see many many more Innovations

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    Nilesh 12-26-16
    Nilesh 12-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    Amazing to find out that the worlds basic problems can be solved at such a low price.

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    Catherine Struble 12-14-16
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    "Exceptional, excitung, world peace"

    Thank for your inspration. Big change in education #ZEALGATE #VR #SO #BOT #MR . EVERY PERSON DESERVES TO BE ON THIS SHIP. one mind at a time will change the voice of the PLANE. Happy Holidays.

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    Mark 12-13-16
    Mark 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the most insightful and inspiring books"

    As someone who was actively searching for a life purpose and a way to contribute, this book has inspired me in may ways. Great content with scientific facts and history that show how far the human race has come and where we are going. I've never been more confident in our society and future. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Amazon Customer 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "starts amazing then ..."

    the narrator was very good i liked him
    the book started of very very good then at the few last chapters it went full political
    going from technical information to trying to address political problems with technology
    like thats gonna work.

    overall great book enjoyed the early chapters, not soo much for the late ones .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bigler Ut United States 11-10-16
    Bigler Ut United States 11-10-16
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    "Positive attitude can change the world"

    This is a great book to help you look at the big picture in the world and think of how you can be helping the common good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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