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What is your favorite audiobook about computer technology?

ben profile image Ben Halpern twitter logo github logo ・1 min read  

A lot of technical books are not available in audiobook form—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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Good suggestions! I haven't yet read Permanent Record.

 

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.

 

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.

 
 

Really interested to see the responses!

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