Wasted: How We Squander Time, Money, and Natural Resources-and What We Can Do About It Audiobook, by Byron Reese Play Audiobook Sample

Wasted: How We Squander Time, Money, and Natural Resources-and What We Can Do About It Audiobook

Wasted: How We Squander Time, Money, and Natural Resources-and What We Can Do About It Audiobook, by Byron Reese Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Dan Woren Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593288856

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Longest Chapter Length:

29:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

18 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

15:20 minutes

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Publisher Description

Wasted is a riveting exploration of the complicated and often surprising ways that waste occurs in our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Waste. We spend a great deal of energy trying to avoid it, but once you train your eyes to look for it, you will see it all around you—in your home, your business, and your everyday life.


In Wasted, futurist Byron Reese and entrepreneur Scott Hoffman take readers on a fascinating journey through this modern world of waste, drawing on science, economics, and human behavior to envision what a world with far less of it—or none of it at all—might look like. Along the way, they explore thought-provoking issues, such as:


Why the United States got a higher proportion of its energy from renewable sources in 1950 than it does today,

. Whether the amount of gold in unused mobile phones can be extracted for profit,

. How switching to water fountains on a single route from Singapore to Newark could prevent the use of 3,400 plastic bottles—on each flight, and

. Whether the amount of money you save buying goods in bulk is offset by the amount you lose when some spoil.


Ultimately, the question of reducing waste is scientific, philosophical, and, most of all, complex. According to Reese and Hoffman, the rush toward simple answers has often led to well-meaning efforts that cause more waste than they save. The only way we can hope to make progress is to treat waste as the complicated issue it is. 


While the authors don’t promise easy answers, in this compelling book they take an important step toward solutions by examining the questions at play, giving actionable steps, and ensuring that you’ll never see the world of waste the same way again.

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“Dan Woren’s wonderful pitch and phrasing patterns provide a steady supply of positive energy to his narration. Lifted by his pleasing tone and flawless interpretations, his effortless performance makes this well-researched audiobook easy to hear and absorb…Woren’s quiet optimism makes this troubling information sound like a motivating call for change. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The collection of amazing factoids makes for entertaining reading.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “A smart, unconventional book that takes readers far beyond what they think they know about a complex subject…This book isn’t just for geeks—but geeks of all stripes will love it.”

    — Kari Byron, former cast member of MythBusters


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Authors

Byron Reese owns and publishes GigaOm, the most repsected tech media site in the world, with over one million monthly technology and business readers. He holds a number of patents, including patents on crowdsourcing and pychographics, has founded several tech startups, and headed R&D at the multibillion-dollar company eHow, which receives more than 150 million monthly visitors. He is the author of The Fourth Age and Infinite Progress. Scott Hoffman is one of the founding partners of Folio Literary Management. A former Washington lobbyist, he has an MBA in finance from New York University.

About Dan Woren

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.