James Gleick, one of our finest science writers, has the ability to make a complicated subject totally understandable and thoroughly intriguing. In Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything (5 hours), he tackles the endless ramifications of our time-obsessed culture as it, and we, gather speed, shaving nanoseconds from our multi-tasking lives, already awash in a glut of information delivered by ever-faster, ever-better technology. With enormous erudition, wonderfully free of jargon, Gleick connects an eclectic array of elements in our present, past, and possible future, letting us look at the elusive evolution of acceleration while allowing us to contemplate the consequences of the eternal jet-lag we find ourselves in now. I only wish that the publisher had had the time to record an unabridged version, and I had had the time to listen. Mr. Gleick reads his book well and, thankfully, in real time.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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