Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

  • by Steven Levy
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers - those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.
Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic" that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.

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Hackers was Astoundingly Informative

First of all this is a book that is not for a person seeking a fictitious storyline that has perfect characters within. No, this is a book for someone who is looking for a read that has imperfect characters to match this imperfect world. As far as I know, this is a factual recreation of men and the turmoils they faced in 1950s to the 1980s.

The world looked down on these men and their magical machines, yet they pushed on bravely. None were without fault but that is human nature.

If you are looking for a great insight into the minds of the early hackers, and what hackers really were before the name was changed by the media then get this book. Also the book gives a listener just a dab at how computers came into mainstream through the lives of many young intellects.

Steven Levy did a superb job at writing this and was as complete in his writing as a subject like this allows.

Mike Chamberlain lends his incredible voice into this book that gives it the energy that I have come to expect from him.

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- Zachary

One of my all time favorite books

This book will inspire you with the hacker spirit. I must have read it eight times already and look forward to the next time.
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- David Clark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audiobooks.com Publishing