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Abundance Audiobook

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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.
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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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    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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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2015

    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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    PhotonWriter Greater Denver Area, CO, USA 02-06-16
    PhotonWriter Greater Denver Area, CO, USA 02-06-16 Listener Since 2010
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    "A realistic worldview of hope and prosperity."

    Some believe in scarcity. The truthful progress and innovative stories in this book make it almost impossible to maintain that belief.

    I have been given (through Abundance) greater motivation and perspective of how I can passively enjoy a greater future; or, more excitingly, how one can catalyze an even sooner abundant society through her own unique ambitions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Shafer Colorado Springs, CO 02-04-16
    C. Shafer Colorado Springs, CO 02-04-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Not what I expected, total sleeper"

    This book was not at all what I expected after listening to the sample and reading the description. It's about abundance around the world as a whole and how to make that happen. It's very academic in wording. The reader;s voice didn't grab my attention at all and actual put me nearly to sleep. If not for the fact that I've had this sitting in my library for quite some time I'd be returning it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Nasharr 01-27-16
    Dan Nasharr 01-27-16
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    "Fantastic Story of Futuristic Wisdom"

    This is a great look into what we have today and how it can help future generations. Dr. Diamandis is bending the way we look at the simple things to solve the complex. It's a fascinating book to listen to in the car. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily M Espe 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting read but terrible narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Abundance to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audio, but the narrator was dull. This would have been a much better read with a better narrator - almost put me to sleep at times.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Loved the education piece.


    What didn’t you like about Arthur Morey’s performance?

    Dull, boring, unenthusiastic, almost put me to sleep while driving. Does not do this book justice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Get a different narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trev Boulder, CO United States 01-14-16
    Trev Boulder, CO United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Positive book only if you think we're doomed."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'll preface this by saying I really like Peter Diamandis for what he stands for. I was hoping this book would be about all the cool things we'll have in the future: self-driving cars, 3D printers, etc. This book instead ended up being endless examples of why we appear to be headed for doom, followed by why we actually be okay. There's a ton of great news for the third world, but that's not what I was looking for.

    I found the narrator to be really dry, too.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elena 12-05-15
    Elena 12-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Focusing on what works"

    This book is a wake up call for change agents. This book bravely faces a culture of catastrophic news stories to humbly but powerful say, "we got it - the worlds falling apart, but, we need you to stop jabbering and start helping us out with these solutions were building over here"

    Create an enthusiasm for the future, for the idea that, we have what it takes to solve the problem, and the solutions will rock our world.

    Read. Read. Read. And share the stories with everyone!!

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    Stephanie Chambers 11-09-15
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    "Scary plans some have for our futures"

    I was horrified by some of the things reported on by this book like even more genetically modified foods, teenagers playing with DNA, backyard nuclear reactors and so on. These people need to be stopped before they destroy our world in the guise of saying they are solving its problems - they are creating more - even scarier problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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