The Future

  • by Al Gore
  • Narrated by Al Gore
  • 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times best-selling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything - a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.
Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world:


Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.” - an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.
The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases.
The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets.
A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.
Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science - and are putting control of evolution in human hands.
There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earth’s ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.
From his earliest days in public life, Al Gore has been warning us of the promise and peril of emergent truths - no matter how “inconvenient” they may seem to be. As absorbing as it is visionary, The Future is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.

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What the Critics Say

“This is a great book. From political policy and economics to science and the most thorny ethical issues, Al Gore has stated the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language - and has said what must be done. I asked myself halfway through who else could have written a book of this magnitude. The only answer I could imagine was Jefferson.” (E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sorry Al it realy dose not work...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was very disappointed, Al Gore lacks vision...
If Al realized that he did not have much to say about the future, and simple explore the different possibilities, and made sure that he did not mixes perspectives on the future, the book might have worked. His understanding of the financial markets was very interesting and maybe if he had explore that more in depth? There were probably a couple of good book ideas in here, he just needed to focuses more on one of them.


What was most disappointing about Al Gore’s story?

Al lacks a good understanding of energy. And because of this he spent no time at all looking at nuclear options, China is investing heavily in nuclear energy, and based on that alone his coal burning numbers are off. Al talks extensively about old school farming, but never talked about Vertical Farming, because Al never puts together 3D printing and building Vertical Farms... Hydroponic vertical farms solve many of the problems Al mentions. The truth is he named a lot of the right people, he just lacks an understanding to see how it all comes together


Which scene was your favorite?

Al has a pretty good understanding of informational technology and the idea of animal sexting was both funny and reassuring that Al really does have a sense of humor.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I am a sucker for fact and figures...


Any additional comments?

Al spends way too much time talking about the future he doesn't want to see, and virtually no time on talking about the future he wants to see. The book is way too negative, and he lacks a problem solving perspective.

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- Mark "I listen for the sake of learning"

10 Stars!!!

“The Future” is extremely well-researched, thoughtful and eye-opening. Al Gore does a great job with the narration!

If you listen to only one book this year, it should be this one. And then buy a copy and read it to your kids. The future may depend upon it.
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- Diane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio