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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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    charlie 07-17-12
    charlie 07-17-12
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    "Full of insight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I believe this is a good book if you want to see what is going on out side of your daily circle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

    Farm towers. I had never thought of farming vertically.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    NA- it is a narration.


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

    I listen to the book in two day I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. I was familiar with much of the data presented but I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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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    Amazon Customer 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Deeply enjoyed this book. "

    Deeply enjoyed this book. An inspiring and abundantly different perspective from the main stream thoughts.

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    Adriano US 05-15-17
    Adriano US 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A book that every one should listen"

    One of the best literarty experiences I ever had. Profound insights and a good view of the near future.

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    Julianna Dawson 05-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring is not strong enough of a word to describe this book"

    I love that this book is packed with information. Details. Perspectives from people who have taken the time to study, experiment, measure, monitor over time for change rather than drawing conclusions from old information or hearsay. And that's just the beginning. I love the explanation of the psychology behind what the media feeds our minds and why. The nonjudgmental approach to it. The leaving it up to us the reader to decide what we want to do next. Most of all, I love the practical advice and guidance that came to me at just the right time in the form of this book. Guidance I need so very much. I'm grateful and thankful to the authors and everyone who brought this all together.

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoughtful and hopeful"

    Really great in depth look at what is possible when we can properly motivate ourselves and work together. Insightful and inspiring.

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    M. 03-29-17
    M. 03-29-17
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    "overall worth the listen"

    they have to tell you some of the dismal to get across the abundance, some that was hard to hear, otherwise very illuminating!

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    Ricardo Robledo Vargas 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible"

    The amount of real and achievable optimism the world urgently needs in this era of catastrophic thinking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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