Thank You for Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations Audiobook, by Thomas L. Friedman Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Thomas L. Friedman Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427274656

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#1 New York Times Bestseller Los Angeles Times Bestseller One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Books to Read NowOne of Kirkus Reviews's Best Nonfiction Books of the YearOne of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of the Year Shortlisted for the OWL Business Book Award and Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Version 2.0, Updated and Expanded, with a New Afterword We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying. In Thank You for Being Late, version 2.0, with a new afterword, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. The year 2007 was the major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is providing vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world—or to destroy it. With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations—if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is an essential guide to the present and the future.

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  • "[A] humane and empathetic book.”

    - Washington Post
  • “As a guide for perplexed Westerners, this book is very hard to beat…all backed up by pages of serious reporting from around the world…A coherent narrative―an honest, cohesive explanation for why the world is the way it is, without miracle cures or scapegoats.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “All about the world being fast…His main piece of advice…is clear: Take a deep breath and adapt. This world isn’t going to wait for you.”

    - Fortune
  • “Wyman does well with both the stories and the statistics. Friedman’s ideas are fascinating, but without Wyman’s ability to emphasize and to change delivery speed, listeners could easily get tired of the many details. Instead, Wyman keeps to a steady drive and an energetic projection that hold listeners’ attentions.”

    - AudioFile
  • "Wyman keeps to a steady drive and an energetic projection that hold listeners' attentions.

    - AudioFile Magazine
  • One of The Wall Street Journal's "10 Books to Read Now

    - One of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2016, Kirkus Reviews
  • One of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016, Publishers Weekly

  • Thomas L. Friedman is a self-­confessed 'explanatory journalist'—whose goal is to be a 'translator from English to English.' And he is extremely good at it . . . it is hard to think of any other journalist who has explained as many complicated subjects to so many people . . . Now he has written his most ambitious book—part personal odyssey, part commonsense manifesto . . . As a guide for perplexed Westerners, this book is very hard to beat.

    - John Micklethwait, The New York Times Book Review
  • [An] ambitious book . . . In a country torn by a divisive election, technological change and globalization, reconstructing social ties so that people feel respected and welcomed is more important than ever . . . Rather than build walls, [healthy communities] face their problems and solve them. In [Friedman's] telling, this is the way to make America great.

    - Laura Vanderkam, The Wall Street Journal
  • Engaging . . . in some senses Thank You For Being Late is an extension of [Friedman's] previous works, woven in with wonderful personal stories (including admirably honest discussions about the nature of being a columnist). What gives Friedman’s book a new twist is his belief that upheaval in 2016 is actually far more dramatic than earlier phases . . . Friedman also argues that Americans need to discover their sense of 'community,' and uses his home town of Minneapolis to demonstrate this.

    - Gillian Tett, Financial Times
  • The globe-trotting New York Times columnist’s most famous book was about the world being flat. This one is all about the world being fast . . . His main piece of advice for individuals, corporations, and countries is clear: Take a deep breath and adapt. This world isn’t going to wait for you.

    - Fortune
  • [A] humane and empathetic book.

    - David Henkin, The Washington Post
  • "[Friedman's] latest engrossingly descriptive analysis of epic trends and their consequences . . . Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering 'moral innovation' and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry, which, like washing dirty windows, allows us to see far more clearly what we’ve been looking at all along . . . his latest must-read.

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • The three-time Pulitzer winner puts his familiar methodology—extensive travel, thorough reporting, interviews with the high-placed movers and shakers, conversations with the lowly moved and shaken—to especially good use here . . . He prescribes nothing less than a redesign of our workplaces, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and communities . . . Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Great Reads Pick
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016
  • Longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2016

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About the Author

Thomas L. Friedman has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work with the New York Times as a foreign affairs columnist. Popular with a large range of readers, his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded was an international bestseller. He is also the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Longitudes and Attitudes, and The World Is Flat. He currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has won five Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher’s Association, fourteen Earphone Awards, and two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. He was named a 2008 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared on stage as well as in film and television, and he is a veteran voice actor who can be heard in numerous cartoons and video games. He is one of the founders of New York City’s Collective Unconscious theater, and his performances include the award-winning “reality play” Charlie Victor Romeo and A. R. McElhinney’s cult classic film A Chronicle of Corpses.