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  • The Water Will Come

  • Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
  • By: Jeff Goodell
  • Narrated by: Ian Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica and each tick upward of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Chillwx on 04-21-18

Science doesn’t care about beliefs

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Reviewed: 01-02-18

This book will help you understand what rising seas will actually look like. And it was written BEFORE the 2017 hurricane season.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Life 3.0

  • Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336

How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An accessible book on AI that left me optimistic

  • By catherine on 09-16-17

Must read for those who care about the future

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Reviewed: 12-19-17

There is some weighty material in here, but well worth the listen. It takes the long and the astronomically long view.

  • The Sixth Extinction

  • An Unnatural History
  • By: Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777

A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lifts you out of the ordinary

  • By Regina on 04-28-14

A MUST READ to be an informed human being & citize

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Reviewed: 08-28-17

yes, it can be dense in parts, but there is a good reason why the Guardian called this one of the 100 best non-fiction books of all time: it is a story of our planet's history and our place in it. it is a critical history that you probably never learned, and there's no discussion of this in the public sphere. there should be.

  • The Second Machine Age

  • Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
  • By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the periphery

  • By Chris Lunt on 03-02-14

techno-optimism

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Reviewed: 07-11-17

worthwhile discussion points, but couldn't help be skeptical that the future will be so brilliant we'll need to wear shades. fairly short shrift to the potential downsides of technology

  • Walkable City

  • How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
  • By: Jeff Speck
  • Narrated by: Jeff Speck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good information

  • By Steve on 04-18-17

Change the way you think about your environment

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Reviewed: 07-11-17

Between SUBURBAN NATION and this book, your eyes will be opened and then you'll find yourself thinking, "of course, it makes sense!"

how we can reimagine our urban and suburban landscapes to be more pleasing, reduce crime, lower stress, reduce obesity, increase interactions and community, and help local business.

  • The Opposite of Spoiled

  • Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
  • By: Ron Lieber
  • Narrated by: Ron Lieber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

We may not realize it, but children are hyperaware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that parents often don't answer, or know how to answer well. But for Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's ok

  • By Jay on 05-15-15

Concepts are very worthwhile

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-11-17

but once you get the basics early on, you might find the anecdotes a bit repetitive.

  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoes what you've learned from the headlines

  • By Tristan on 10-14-16

One of the most important topics of the century

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Reviewed: 12-21-16

The latest science broken down in a fun, interesting, and accessible book. Worthwhile even if you've been following this topic closely.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Do More Faster

  • TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
  • By: Brad Feld, David Cohen
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
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    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tips for Every Entrepreneur

  • By SunshineAndRain on 08-30-12

Immediate lessons during your startup

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Reviewed: 11-22-14

Part of the "lean startup" methodology, this gives quick lessons on various topics for new businesses. Useful things to keep in mind during your launch phases.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,532

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

Not really a startup book

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-14

If your startup is worth billions, then I guess it's a startup book. Otherwise, it's interesting insider's tales surviving inside during a bumpy, really high value Silicon Valley startup.

  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,057

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Insightful Until You Think A Little Deeper

  • By Mark Brandon on 10-31-14

Big thinking

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-14

This is an inspirational book for startups. He tackles the future with big thinking and encourages more of the same. I found myself cheering in parts, wishing we all pursued big dreams to MAKE the future, rather than just stumble forward.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful