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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Wolman Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781469000152
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For ages, money has meant little metal disks and rectangular slips of paper. Yet the usefulness of physical money—to say nothing of its value—is coming under fire as never before. Intrigued by the distinct possibility that cash will soon disappear, author and Wired contributing editor David Wolman sets out to investigate the future of money … and how it will affect your wallet.

Wolman begins his journey by deciding to shun cash for an entire year—a surprisingly successful experiment (with a couple of notable exceptions). He then ventures forth to find people and technologies that illuminate the road ahead. In Honolulu he drinks Mai Tais with Bernard von NotHaus, a convicted counterfeiter and alternative-currency evangelist whom government prosecutors have labeled a domestic terrorist. In Tokyo he sneaks a peek at the latest anti-counterfeiting wizardry, while puzzling over the fact that banknote forgers depend on society’s addiction to cash. In a downtrodden Oregon town, he mingles with obsessive coin collectors—the people who are supposed to love cash the most, yet don’t. And in rural Georgia, he examines why some people feel the end of cash is Armageddon’s warm-up act. After stops at the Digital Money Forum in London and Iceland’s central bank, Wolman flies to Delhi, where he sees first-hand how cash penalizes the poor more than anyone—and how mobile technologies promise to change that.

Told with verve and wit, The End of Money explores an aspect of our daily lives so fundamental that we rarely stop to think about it. You’ll never look at a dollar bill the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wolman] presents a fascinating and engaging thesis…a crucial look at the role of cash.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] provocative new book…A tidy history of money and its discontents.”

    Slate

  • “This is quite a romp, half digerotica, half travelogue…Whatever your take, reading this book will both entertain you and give your argument more currency.”

    Wired

  • “Wolman dares to take a critical look at cash…Wolman’s investigation ensures that you’ll never look at a dollar bill the same way again.”

    Philadelphia Sunday Tribune

  • “A thoughtful and engaging study…[Wolman] skillfully covers the essential themes of theories on the economics, politics, sociology, and anthropology of money; and he does so painlessly…This is a very well written study, and it has none of the alienating gravitas of an economics tome. The author follows interesting stories populated by colorful characters. And he explains difficult concepts with skill…One of the best books in a long time on a difficult subject.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “An entertaining and engaging canter through the world of money, both real and electronic.”

    Fiscal Times

  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Conrey | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting thought experiment into what cash and money mean to our society and the global economy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Kessler | 2/4/2014

    " The End of Money is a good book describing what money will look like in the future. However, much of the book left me unsatisfied and wanting more from the author. Also, while I enjoyed the personal accounts of the author's travels, it overpowered the real information. More information or a wider variety of monetary stories would make the book much more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayne | 1/3/2014

    " A thought-provoking piece on cash and money; got me thinking about a lot of the relevant issues, and how I use money myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/15/2013

    " A quick read, and interesting enough, although I was hoping there would be more discussion of digital currencies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 12/7/2013

    " Informative, interesting & easy. Learned a bit, knew a lot already (being in banking). Would recommend it to anybody. I'm torn in my opinion if I'd prefer a cashless society or not, but slightly leaning toward that. I hardly carry or use cash these days as it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 9/14/2013

    " A lot of repetition about a potentially fascinating topic: money. I don't feel any more enlightened having read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 7/27/2013

    " Contains the germ of some interesting ideas; I would have rated it better if the ideas were given more in depth treatment "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy Bones | 5/9/2013

    " Ended too abruptly. Author has a knack for being conversational and linear making the material accessible and endearing. Enjoyable and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 4/12/2013

    " Really enjoyed this. I don't agree with a lot of ideas around digital currency and why it's better than hard currency but it was an interesting analysis of currency and what gives it value. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 3/24/2013

    " Interesting, but never really got started. I think my new rule is that if your book is about your own personal experience of researching and reporting the subject, then you are either a)Thomas Friedman or b) not doing enough reporting and research to teach much about the subject. Or both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Hacker | 3/22/2013

    " Very interesting listen, but I'm not sure I'd have given it such a good review if I read it. The subject matter lends itself to a one-day binge lecture listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 12/5/2012

    " An entertaining and thought provoking essay on currency...it's history, current uses and its possible future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel Lubell | 11/19/2012

    " A light read about how physical money will be replaced with a computerized equivalent which is good since money has germs and is easily faked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MaryAnn | 7/25/2012

    " Couldn't finish it. It wasn't what I expected. I wanted more about underground currencies. "

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About the Author
Author David Wolman

David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired. He has written for such publications as OutsideMother JonesNewsweekDiscoverForbes, and Salon, and his work appeared in Best American Science Writing 2009. A graduate of Stanford University’s journalism program, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he received a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. He is the author of A Left-Hand Turn around the World and Righting the Mother Tongue.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.