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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Who Can You Trust? by Rachel Botsman, read by Caroline Baum.

If you can't trust those in charge, who can you trust?

From government to business, banks to media, trust in institutions is at an all-time low. Widespread corruption, elitism and economic disparity have led to a worldwide upsurge of anti-establishment movements. But this isn't the age of distrust - far from it.

In this revolutionary book, world-renowned trust expert Rachel Botsman reveals that we are at the tipping point of one of the biggest social transformations in human history. A new world order is emerging: we have lost faith in brands, leaders and systems, but millions of people every day rent their home to total strangers on AirBnB, exchange cryptocurrency online, or get in the car of an unknown Uber driver.

This is the age of distributed trust; a paradigm shift driven by new technologies that are rewriting the rules of an all-too-human relationship. If we are to benefit from this radical transformation, it is vital that we understand the new mechanics of how trust is built, managed, lost and repaired. In Who Can You Trust?, Botsman provides a detailed map of this uncharted landscape - and explores what's next for humanity.

©2017 Rachel Botsman (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Nick Dawson
  • 10-05-17

Fascinating

Absolutely fascinating look at modern tech. Really interested to hear about Uber in light of recent happenings!

Brilliantly narrated as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-18

Fascinating and thought provoking

Great book. Botsman makes her case convincingly and with fascinating examples. As technology and our resulting behaviour is moving so fast in this area, it's an impressive feat that Botsman's research constantly feels finger-on-the-pulse and never dated. You will be left thinking about this book for weeks after. That said, Botsman doesn't present a clear solution to some of the more damning futures she predicts for us here (probably because there isn't one) which leaves the final tone of the book a little pessimistic.
Overall narration is good and picks up on some of the anecdotal humour in Botsman's writing, but I really felt like she was trying to put on a Chinese accent when reading quotes from Jack Ma and others(?!).

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  • Kerrie-Jo C.
  • 12-08-17

Silk Road to block chain

This is a fantastic book and an incredibly thought provoking study of trust and the way it is developing in the modern digital world. How we build trust with people we never see and how we rely on the opinions of others to make choices of our own. In fact if you decide to get this book as a result of my review then you may find this book a fascinating commentary on your behaviour!

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  • Tim
  • 11-03-17

Essential reading for our times

Who Can You Trust is exceptionally well researched, a great contemporary read, thoughtful and provocative.