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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Gleick Narrator: James Gleick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award–nominated author of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today’s world.

Most of us suffer some degree of “hurry sickness,” a malady that has launched us into the “epoch of the nanosecond,” a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, computers, faxes, and remote controls. Yet for all the hours, minutes, and even seconds being saved, we’re still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, Faster is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nimble, smart, often funny, and—best of all—fast.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fascinating and disturbing, amusing and informative, Faster is an eclectic stew combining history, academic research, and anecdotes drawn from popular media.”

    Boston Globe

  • Faster’s short, jewel-like essays read like dispatches from Xanadu of maximum efficiency.”


  • “Engaging.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Gleick offers his pointed analysis with refreshing irreverence.”


  • “Gleick has done a magnificent job of outlining and defining the problem in a cogent and witty fashion; this book is an exemplar of thorough reporting.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Trains a magnifying glass on our speed-driven world, illuminating the modern human’s obsession with time and challenging a few myths…Thank you, James Gleick.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Well written and enjoyable…A book that demands your attention.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Gleick has a great eye for today’s transitions.”

    Village Voice

  • “Gleick’s style is swift and slick, his chapters brief, and the book zips by like an Epcot monorail.”

    New York

  • “This is a book to be studied…slowly.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lively, detailed, and briskly written—this book is a fount of interesting information. Well worth your time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Richard Gombert | 2/13/2014

    " This book has become dated. Not a bad book overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel Muir | 2/9/2014

    " The book was an interesting read, at least. It wasn't especially riveting or alternative from other books of its class, but it offered some peculiar (And generally true) anecdotes regarding time and the human treatment of it. At its best, it allowed me to pause and reflect on my own attitude and use of things such as watches, digital clocks, elevators, telescopes even. At its worst, it was dry and a moderate bore to labor through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tessa | 2/1/2014

    " An OK book. It's written for a somewhat pop audience and contains few revelations. However there is an interesting section towards the end where he discusses the limits of speed and uses the example of the disabled "close door" buttons on newer skyscraper elevators which exist only so that people can press them and believe that they are causing the doors to close faster when they stay open for the same time regardless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Theron | 1/23/2014

    " Gleick catalogs numerous ways in which western culture is driven by go, go, Go! Some meme are quite funny, and insightful. Others, upon self reflection, are sad. "So what," you might say after reading this book, just as I did. His conclusion, maybe lacking but I took away a few things. Every generation sees the symptoms of mania (rapid speech, racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep, hypersexuality, euphoria, impulsiveness, grandiosity, and increased interest in goal-directed activities) in themselves and the next generation. Living faster has not lived up to promise (more leisure time, whatever that means) but that's okay because we're about "our work". Time (as we track it, tick-tock) is a creation of man that can be traded, sold, stolen, purchased, etc. in the same way as other goods or services. "

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