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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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    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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    Dave 09-14-16
    Dave 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Back to the Future"

    A good look forward which is getting more important, even mandatory to do. Either identify the opportunities, or get rolled over by the pitfalls.

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    "There is Enough for Everyone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In regards to the future of humanity, this world is full of negative thinkers, complainers, and pessimists. Abundance checks all those who suffer from "stinkin thinkin," as Zig Zigglar would say. I say read this book, stop with the mini fiddle playing accompanying your crying tune, and go be a part of the solution.


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

    No because it is dense in it's mind-blowingness and one needs to stop and let the knowledge percolate to appreciate the full flavor of what the author's are cooking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, United States 08-23-16
    Jeremy CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "The abridged, futurist version of "Better Angels.""
    What did you like best about Abundance? What did you like least?

    It's a brief rehash of Pinker's Better Angels with a future looking perspective. It even has the same narrator.


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    assaf SANTA CLARA, CA, United States 08-23-16
    assaf SANTA CLARA, CA, United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "optimistically real"

    loved it, it's encouraging while not naive. fun place to start. excellent I recommend it

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    Dennis Sever 08-21-16
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    "Well done. "

    I enjoyed this book. I hope to have a little better perspective about things now.

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    MJU 07-20-16
    MJU 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration is annoying, content good"

    I liked the content but the narration is annoying to listen to. Turning up the volume only makes it worse.

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    Calum 07-18-16
    Calum 07-18-16
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    "mind expanding"

    even if you disagreed with some of the ethics shared. Covers many concepts of our future, some are dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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