• Imaginable

  • How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything - Even Things That Seem Impossible Today
  • By: Jane McGonigal
  • Narrated by: Jane McGonigal
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

World-renowned future forecaster, game designer, and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jane McGonigal gives us the tools to imagine the future without fear. 

“An accessible, optimistic field guide to the future.”—San Francisco Chronicle 

“Reading this book is like sitting down with a creative, optimistic friend—and getting up as a new version of yourself.”—Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When 

The COVID-19 pandemic, increasingly frequent climate disasters, a new war—events we might have called “unimaginable” or “unthinkable” in the past are now reality. Today it feels more challenging than ever to feel unafraid, hopeful, and equipped to face the future with optimism. How do we map out our lives when it seems impossible to predict what the world will be like next week, let alone next year or next decade? What we need now are strategies to help us recover our confidence and creativity in facing uncertain futures. In Imaginable, Jane McGonigal draws on the latest scientific research in psychology and neuroscience to show us how to train our minds to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. She invites us to play with the provocative thought experiments and future simulations she’s designed exclusively for this book, with the goal to: 

1. Build our collective imagination so that we can dive into the future and envision, in surprising detail, what our lives will look like ten years from now 

2. Develop the courage and vision to solve problems creatively 

3. Take actions and make decisions that will help shape the future we desire 

4. Access “urgent optimism,” an unstoppable force within each of us that activates our sense of agency 

Imaginable teaches us to be fearless, resilient, and bold in realizing a world with possibilities we cannot yet imagine—until reading this transformative, inspiring, and necessary book

©2022 Jane McGonigal (P)2022 Spiegel & Grau by OrangeSky Audio

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An important book beautifully read by the author

I'd like to start this Audible review by saying that I respectfully disagree with the reviewer here who thought that a voice bot was employed to read the book. For one thing, Audible's policies require that all audiobooks sold here are read by human beings. Secondly, to my knowledge, as sophisticated as digital voice software may be, it's still not quite sophisticated enough to be able to replicate the nuanced inflections that the author of this book consistently bring to many words, phrases, and sentences all throughout. In fact, it's kind of funny because the author's beautiful reading of this audiobook (in my opinion, obviously) is exactly the reason that I wanted to make a point of leaving a separate Audible review even though I've already reviewed the book itself on Amazon, which owns Audible. I guess it just goes to show the subjectivity of personal taste, which is fair enough.

There are some books for which I buy the audiobook version even if I already own the paper or Kindle version. The reasons for this may range from an excellent performance by the narrator/author to a desire on my part to refer to the material in the book frequently at every available opportunity so that I can assimilate and digest its contents fully, whether I'm cooking in the kitchen (audiobook), driving in my car (audiobook), or reading in bed (paper or Kindle). A few books that I’ve read and listened to simultaneously in this way over the past few years include Haven Scott McVarish’s ‘Last Chance to Save American Democracy,’ John Michael Greer’s ‘Dark Age America,’ and former president Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land.’ To this list I now add Jane McGonigal’s ‘Imaginable.’

As mentioned, I've already written a review on Amazon for the actual book itself so I won’t repeat here what I wrote over there. But the reason the audiobook version warrants its own separate review is the author’s soulful reading of it. Upon listening to the “Introduction” that opens the book, I was immediately struck by what was, at least to me, McGonigal’s noticeably different approach to reading this book from the way she read the audiobook version of her last book, ‘SuperBetter.’ It’s a subtle difference because her voice is obviously the same, but there’s a more hushed and subdued quality to her reading this time around. By “hushed” I don’t mean that it’s quiet or hard to hear. On the contrary, the audio production is immaculate and McGonigal’s reading is crystal clear. You won’t miss a single word. What I mean by “hushed” is that the author brings a certain austerity to the reading this time around, almost as if in a tacit acknowledgement of the gravity of many of the topics she discusses such as the Covid-19 pandemic and all the many traumas that the entire world has experienced over the course of the last two to three years as a result of it (not to mention all the other stuff that also happened during this time). The delivery fits the content perfectly and results in an intimate listening experience that can stand on its own, if this is your sole copy of the book, or as an auditory complement to the paper version of the book.

-PopMythology.com

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Fabulous content, INSUFFERABLE narration!

Let me start by saying I am NOT one of those audible listeners who is super picky and judgmental of narrators and I’ve heard a LOT of them, but I was barely able to get through this book on 2x speed, that’s how bad the listening experience was for me, Jane, you’re a brilliant thinker and a good author, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do us all a favor and get someone else, ANYONE ELSE, to narrate your books! I think she of all people should understand the importance of knowing your own strengthens. This is not one of them, honey. The cadence. of. her reading speech. is. truly the. most grating thing I. have ever. heard. on Audible. in. all my. years. of. listening. PERIOD! Love the subject matter, but I highly recommend you READ rather than listen to this one.

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Fantastic content! HORRIBLE voice bot

! Brilliant, interesting, challenging, ideas in "future thinking" and how it can change your path starting... very soon! Highly recommend reading the book (I would if I could) or listening to her on podcasts (which I have been searching out and listening to since this was released ).

The fatal flaw of this audiobook is the TOTALLY ANNOYING VOICE-BOT deployed to "read" it. Be assured it is definitely Ms. McGonigal's voice. Unfortunately she did not read the whole book, nor even a decent portion of it, for this recording. Clearly, a software program was employed here to smack one. slow. word. after. word. interspersed with the relief of actually flowing phrases. If you need proof, just listen to the BOT repeatedy pronouncing the World Health Organization's universal acronym "W.H.O." as just "who" ... like "Horton hears a..." [eye roll] There is no way the author knowing recorded that bit. And how embarrassing for her! 🥺

I've been playing it at x1.5 speed and the unnatural cadence is even more distracting but less protracted than the painful "normal: playback speed.

LOVE the concepts! PLEASE RE-RECORD!

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Inspiring

Once again, Dr. McGonigal makes you feel like you can take on the world. Pick this up but also pick up the Kindle or hardcover as you are going to want to take notes!

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Imaginable was deeply inspiring.

i am ready to replay with a journal and listen with the intention to participate

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I hate rating it like this, but…

I actually really hate reading it like this, but I have to be completely honest. After the introduction & the first chapter, the book got very interesting. Unfortunately, the opening nearly made me quit the book… And the narration, even though I appreciated the author’s inflection and emphasis, nearly made me quit the book multiple times throughout. While the content was interesting, for the most part, the narration was sleep inducing. Not exactly great for listening while you’re driving.

I genuinely wish I could give it five stars across-the-board, because I really do appreciate the author’s work… but I just have to be honest.

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Excellent book

Listen to the book at 1.5 times speed and you won’t have any problems.
The authors techniques are valuable and I’m glad I learned them.
Her naïveté is annoying but her heart is in the right place

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Unexpectedly transformational

As a grad student pursuing an MA in Sustainable Design, I've been looking for mental tools to enhance my creativity, to think outside the box, and to envision the future. This book has given me so much to play with that I hope others enjoy it as much as I did and become Urgent Optimists. This book has transformed the way I think of redesigning in a future world.

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Great book to exercise non-linear thinking.

I bought this book after seeing an interview of the author on the podcast, Impact Theory. I purchased the book before the end of the interview because I was so blown away by her thinking methodology. After reading the book I can say that it definitely challenges the way you think on a leadership level. I struggled many times in the book on how what she was saying would apply to my life as an entrepreneur, and I think that’s why I loved the book so much. Because it forced me to expand my thinking and explore scenarios in business that I would have never done had I not read this book. I enjoyed it so much, I made it my book of the month for a CEO Mastermind that I organize. A word of warning to conservatives: you may struggle from time to time with some of the progressive topics she uses as samples in the book. Get over it. It’s not about the topic, it’s simply used as examples to drive home the point.

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Great tools and ideas for imagining and creating the future

Fun book I recommend 1.5x listening though to get through it. Liked the ideas and tools. Its one weakness was not adding many non government controlled future scenarios to pursue. Would love to have more on that front but overall a insightful read to expand your ideas of the future and actions you can take now.