Where Wizards Stay Up Late

  • by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon
  • Narrated by Mark Douglas Nelson
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twenty-five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, 20 million people worldwide are surfing the Net. Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone.
In the 1960s, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices. With Defense Department funds, he and a band of visionary computer whizzes began work on a nationwide, interlocking network of computers. Taking listeners behind the scenes, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.

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Customer Reviews

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Hardcore, old school, geek

Get your geek on with this deep look at the origins of what is now the Internet. If you what to examine networking history, is a great audiobook. Loved it!
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- Brad Gillespie "WebmasterWSDF"

Requred reading, shouldn't be read by MDN

Would you consider the audio edition of Where Wizards Stay Up Late to be better than the print version?

Not with this narrator


What did you like best about this story?

The history of one of the most important technologies of the last 60 years


How did the narrator detract from the book?

He has a monotone voice and almost no vocal range. It's like listening to my accountant uncle read a book I really want to read for myself.


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- Invisibled

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2012
  • Publisher: Katie Hafner