• Blockchain Technology - I Told You So!

  • What Bitcoins, Ethereum and Other Blockchain Technologies Are and How You Can Use Them for Fun and Profit
  • By: Thomas Joseph Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-25-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thomas J. Bernstein
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you curious about blockchain technology? Have you heard of Bitcoin and want to know more about it, but don’t know where to start?
If you’d like to know what blockchain systems are all about, this is the audiobook for you! This audiobook is a thorough introduction to the world of blockchain. It’s easy to follow and covers everything from the basics of blockchain to using blockchain technologies in your business.
Though blockchain technology was designed to be used for Bitcoin, more and more people are discovering that this technology is useful for other industries. Whether recording important transactions, the exchange of legal documents, authorizations, or more, blockchain technology is an entirely new way to maintain secure records.
Some are even touting blockchain technology as the backbone for a new type of Internet. The message is clear: Even if you’re not sure where to begin, now is the time to learn about blockchain technology.
This audiobook focuses on the history and trajectory of blockchain technology. The story of blockchain technology goes far beyond Bitcoin. It can be used to create other kinds of digital currency, but its main function of keeping updated, tamper-­proof records is enough to rewrite the rule book of the Internet.
Blockchain technology is being hailed as the next major movement in the global economy. Keep yourself or your business in the know and learn what blockchain technology can do for you.
Here is a snapshot of what this audiobook will teach you:  

What blockchain technology is and how it works: You’ll learn the basics behind blockchain technology and why companies and organizations all over the world are turning to it
How blockchain systems came to be: the history of blockchain technology and Bitcoin
What makes blockchain systems so groundbreaking
What Bitcoin is and what you need to know about it
The big picture: what blockchain means for economies
What blockchain systems already exist: understanding Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple
How to use blockchain technology: example applications of blockchain technology and how to profit from it
Bitcoin 101: How to buy, use, and sell Bitcoins
Blockchain of the future: what you need to know about the potential of blockchain systems
Blockchain systems are revolutionizing the way we share, store, and secure information. Whether you're familiar with blockchain technology (e.g. Bitcoin), or you're completely new to the concept, this audiobook is the perfect guide to the world of blockchain.
©2018 Thomas Joseph Bernstein (P)2018 Thomas Joseph Bernstein
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brett on 02-03-18

A good introduction to the basic ideas

"Blockchain... I told you so!" is a solid description of the general ideas behind blockchain software, and it nicely identifies several areas where it could lead to paradigm shifts. It does explain some of the technical detail, but it has a strange and somewhat annoying method - it starts by repeatedly explaining part of the process and leaving the rest as unexplained technological wizardry, but each time it gives a little more information on the technical details. I would have preferred having it explained from a bird's-eye view from the get-go, followed by more in-depth examinations of each aspect of how blockchains work. Also, occasionally some of the most technical aspects are mentioned with no explanation whatsoever (e.g. Turing machines) and just end up as jargon.

The book certainly does well emphasizing the central idea of decentralization, though perhaps to the point of redundancy. While it lists numerous current and future implications, it gives very few specific examples of current events and doesn't bother to back up its claims of what the future will bring. Near the end, the book has detailed instructions on where to go to get started with cryptocurrencies along with some advice, which is definitely nice. It's so specific as to describe the layout of buttons on a few webpages, which on one hand can be very convenient but on the other could become meaningless before long as websites change their interfaces.

The reader spoke clearly and sounded like he enjoyed the reading the book, which always makes for a nicer listen. He did, however, in my opinion have a substantial surplus of unnecessarily long pauses, which at times were also awkwardly placed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine Newton on 03-06-18

A beginner book but still too advanced for me :(

I have absolutely no understanding of either bitcoin or blockchain technology, and was hoping that this book would give me a starting point for further research. This book began by confusing me, followed by providing some illumination, followed by more confusion.

I think that one of my problems is that I don't really understand what bitcoin actually is. All I know is that it's very volatile and I can't decide if it's an investment or a currency. In the media, I seem to be hearing more stories about how people are winning and losing a lot of money, and less about how it is legitimately used for the purchase of goods and services. I also find it a bit creepy that there's so much mystery around the inventor(s) of bitcoin, and that it's often mentioned hand-in-hand with the dark web economy. I used to teach an Intro to Business course at the secondary school level, many years ago, and I recall the lesson I used to teach about money. One of the characteristics of money, I seem to recall, is that it's a medium of exchange that's based on trust. Bitcoin makes my spidey senses tingle, I suppose. Let's just say I'll be a late adapter to this innovation.

And so, my confusion and skepticism about bitcoin possibly doesn't help when I'm trying to grasp the idea of blockchains. An advantage of blockchain technology is that it's unmediated, but on the other hand it sounds to me like miners have a lot of power in the process. And, even though it's secure from a hackability standpoint, I get the impression that modifications could be made based on consensus of the majority of the network participants and my spidey senses get tingly about that, too.

So, I listened to this audiobook and by the end of it I didn't feel that my understanding of this technology increased appreciably. When I teach a new and tricky concept to my students at college, I always try to start by building on something they already know, or give a few examples, or describe some analogies. Pedagogically speaking, this would be considered scaffolding. The author of this audiobook didn't really do this, so as a beginner to the concept, I was over my head within the first three minutes of the book. That doesn't make this a badly written book! It just means that I need a more basic primer than this, given my specific lack of foundation on this topic. I wouldn't be surprised if I decided to do some searching around on the internet to read a few more introductions to bitcoin and blockchain technology, and then revisited this audiobook and discovered that it made more sense to me the second time around.

The author did a good job. I could easily tell that he was trying his best to explain and teach, placing emphasis on specific phrases and concepts. I would listen to this narrator again, for this style of audiobook.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 02-09-18


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was really informative about blockchain. It also concerned Bitcoin as a secondary thought. What I really liked about this book was that, for the most part, the author explained the terms he used, and as a beginner with cryptocurrency, I did appreciate that. It was well written and understandable.

Andrew B. Wehrlen was a brilliant narrator. He really brought the book to life, and made it interesting, when it is a quite dry topic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eula Schultz on 02-05-18

great overview

Great overview that can be covered in a couple of hours. Perfect for the non-technical reader who wants to gain a broad understanding of the technology and potential applications

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