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Ben Halpern
Ben Halpern

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What is your favorite audiobook about computer technology?

A lot of technical books are not available in audiobook formβ€”either they require too much visualization or need to show you literal code, or they just aren't mainstream enough to justify the resources to create the audio version.

But I know there are plenty of techy books, either historical or otherwise that are available... So any recommendations?

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Henrik Warne • Edited on

Ghost in the Wire is great - reads like a thriller, and gives lots of examples of social engineering. I wrote about it here: Social Engineering from Kevin Mitnick

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πŸ¦„N BπŸ›‘ • Edited on

The Phoenix Project
Permanent Record

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Ben Halpern Author

Good suggestions! I haven't yet read Permanent Record.

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Michael Kohl • Edited on

Probably Masters Of Doom.

I really wanted to like Ghost in the Wires, but I find Mitnick unbearable: "I'm Kevin Mitnick. The best hacker EVAR! Really smart. Brain the size of a planet. Modest too. And ballsy. I'm also really smart." His LinkedIn job title is "The World's Most Famous Hacker" btw.

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George Nance

Steve Jobs - Great read about of the founder of Apple. This was my first audio book and I binged it in about a week. Understanding Job's philosophy on "It Just Works" led me to wanting to be a better designer. Hes a complicated man and his legacy changed computers as we know them forever.

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture - This is a fantastic listen about the guys who created the game Doom. Even if you are not interested in game development, it is a great story. It will takes you through the early days of computers and hacker culture. I try to listen to this one once a year for pure entertainment and I always end up learning something new I missed.

iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way -
The other side of the Apple story from Steve Wozniak's perspective. It contains many details that Jobs book missed. A great listen if you want to hear both side of how Apple was created.

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Mike

Really interested to see the responses!

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