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  • The Wizard and the Prophet

  • Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
  • By: Charles C. Mann
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

In 40 years, Earth's population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups - Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and deep

  • By C. A. McClaugherty on 02-04-18

Excellent philosophical approach to modernity

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

Through the stories of two pivotal individuals, it gives you a blueprint for see the modern world through competing world views and what the future holds: techno-optimism versus you-can't-fool-Mother-Nature. The frames of reference the book leaves you with are even better than the book itself.

  • The Order of Time

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it appears. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where, at the most fundamental level, time disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brain Workout With A Great Narrator

  • By Raymond on 05-15-18

Have listened to this over and over

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Some well-established scientific theory and some cutting-edge theory, but woven together well.

  • 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 296
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

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
  • Science doesn’t care about beliefs

  • By L on 01-02-18

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.

11 of 11 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 3,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating

  • By Thomas Cotter on 10-25-17

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 3,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296

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 363
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

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
  • Biased author?

  • By Melissa on 10-04-16

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying Voice,Constantly Re-stating--Get to Point

  • By Sara 3030 on 02-11-16

Concepts are very worthwhile

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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 1,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

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 492
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    4 out of 5 stars 407
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    4 out of 5 stars 409

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