Faster

The Acceleration of Just About Everything
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: C1245
Released: Jul 27, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780788747571
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Description

"We are in a rush. We are making haste. A compression of time characterizes the life of the century ." As the new millennium begins, National Book Award nominee James Gleick considers our rapidly changing perceptions of time. These are changes that radically altered our lives in the 20th century, and will surely continue to propel us through the centuries to come. Today, we don't want to wait for anything-a phone call, an internet connection, a meal. We use automatic dialing, remote controls, and microwaves, surrounding ourselves with devices that speed things up. As we fill our lives with more input and activity, and a greater ability to measure them, what do we gain? James Gleick offers some fascinating, well-researched answers to that question in this best-selling work. Each chapter of Faster can be enjoyed on its own. And John McDonough's warm performance invites you to sit back and enjoy Gleick's intriguing perspectives.

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Author(s): James Gleick

Professional reviews

"Fast is not the manner in which this book is read. In fact, McDonough's generally fine reading is punctuated with many--perhaps too many-- pauses intended to allow the listener some time to reflect on what has been read. McDonough's baritone voice is clear and strong and enjoyable to the ear. There is some significance in listening to this book because it concerns the modern obsessions with time and, most especially, making the most of it. Listening to audiobooks might be a defining activity of those trying to fit more into their days. M.L.C. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"

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