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This is not the book for those who really want to understand how Bitcoin works. The author clearly doesn't really understand the details. But, if your a regular person who wants to sort of understand the gist of how Bitcoin works though reasonably close and relatively familiar analogies, this book will do the trick.
It's not well written. There are more than few awkward repetitions. But it is interesting to see an outsider's perspective on Bitcoin when that outsider has an insider's perspective on conventional finance. That part of the book is interesting and enjoyable.
The authors whole nautilus coin he created seems like an unintentional crime / scam. Seriously do not try that at home (in the US).
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Overall a good try but as other have mentioned there are some technical inaccuracies, there are better options.
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What would have made The Bitcoin Big Bang better?
The author incorporates unnecessary narration which really draws the focus from Bitcoin to "his story". In addition, cringeworthy lines like "My fingers trembled as I purchased my first Bitcoin, my breath... etc." coupled with Eric Pollins' emphatic narration makes listening unbearable. The book feels more like a fiction writer's debut novel than an expert's exploration of cutting edge tech. Purchase at your own risk.
What will your next listen be?
The Age of Cryptocurrency - When its finally released for Audible.uk listeners!
What character would you cut from The Bitcoin Big Bang?
If you could sum up The Bitcoin Big Bang in three words, what would they be?
What does Eric Pollins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Eric adds to the experience of the book, as he complements Kelly's text to contextualise the story as if it were viewed with Kelly's presence on screen; an experience just shy of sound effects, which in fareness Eric mimics as close as humanly possible (without actually coming over as intrusive that is)