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  • The Infinite Machine

  • How an Army of Crypto-Hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum
  • Written by: Camila Russo
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Written with the verve of such works as The Big Short, The History of the Future, and The Spider Network, here is the fascinating, true story of the rise of Ethereum, the second-biggest digital asset in the world, the growth of cryptocurrency, and the future of the internet as we know it.

Everyone has heard of Bitcoin, but few know about the second largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, which has been heralded as the "next internet". 

The story of Ethereum begins with Vitalik Buterin, a supremely gifted 19-year-old autodidact who saw the promise of blockchain when the technology was in its earliest stages. He convinced a crack group of coders to join him in his quest to make a super-charged, global computer. 

The Infinite Machine introduces Vitalik’s ingenious idea and unfolds Ethereum’s chaotic beginnings. It then explores the brilliant innovation and reckless greed the platform - an infinitely adaptable foundation for experimentation and new applications - has unleashed and the consequences that resulted as the frenzy surrounding it grew: increased regulatory scrutiny, incipient Wall Street interest, and the founding team’s effort to get the Ethereum platform to scale so it can eventually be accessible to the masses.

Financial journalist and cryptocurrency expert Camila Russo details the wild and often hapless adventures of a team of hippy-anarchists, reluctantly led by an ambivalent visionary, and lays out how this new foundation for the internet will spur both transformation and fraud - turning some into millionaires and others into felons - and revolutionize our ideas about money.

©2020 Camila Russo (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Great info, poor narration

The subject was very interesting, and the author does a great job of tying it all together, but the narration sounds like a boring version of Siri

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Essential reading for those interested in crypto

Excellent story, excellent narration. As of May 2021, this is highly relevant and one of the most digestible books on Ethereum out there. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic. Very well put together.

I had no idea that Etherium had such a wild ride. I was actually on the edge of my seat during a portion of the book which is something I'm not used to with books related to business and finance. I highly recommend this book to any crypto enthusiest or crypto newbie.

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Very Interesting.

Great story about the early days of Ethereum. I love that it talks about all the early founders and where they are now.

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  • 2021-03-03

The most entertaining book about blockchain.

this is the most informative and interesting book on crypto, blockchain, and specifically ethereum. if you're brandnew to blockchains or a long term believer in crypto this book is for you.

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  • Bruno
  • 2020-07-22

Good overview

As someone who's been there through all of this, I could relate to it all and had a hard time not feeling nostalgic or almost tearing up at some of the flashbacks the book took me through. The narrator is okay but has some strange pronunciations (ConensSYS, e-doubleu-a-es-em for eWASM, Is.tan.bul. for Istanbul) and sometimes sounds robotic, but generally very good. I wish this book had been published 6 months later so it could have documented what DeFi had become in the meanwhile, and also the launch of Eth2 phase 0, but maybe a second edition will catch up.

All in all highly recommended historical overview for anyone who wants to know what this Ethereum stuff is all about.

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  • jjlaw
  • 2021-06-24

Ethereum Social Diary

Great for sending me to sleep at night, listening to this is like sitting next to someone at a dinner party drone on. It’s a level one vomit of events: and then they did this, went to this bar, drank these cocktails and now the next chapter: here’s a dude who grow up in Romania blah blah blah. Presumably there are other books which tell this potentially interesting story with Humor, Insight, Pathos etc

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  • Halley
  • 2021-05-12

Captivating story and Great intro to blockchain

The story is told as a narrative through the lives of various influential participants in the crypto world, and is very captivating. The level of detail in understanding the nuances of how crypto works and how it has miraculously grown so fast, is very well articulated, and Russo gives you just enough to understand the key aspects of blockchain technology without being a tech nerd. I highly recommend this book!

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  • George Corser
  • 2021-01-05

great story, good audiobook

thrilling and intriguing ethereum backstory . narrator has great voice but reading monotonous like computer generated youtube audio... reader needs to get past mispronounced tech terms, like get-hub. overall, though, well worth the time and money

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  • Matthew C Conlan
  • 2020-11-28

Well researched and informative

4.5 of 5 stars.

Camila Russo has written a highly informative history of the development of Ethereum and the broader world of crypto currencies. Unlike many modern “journalists”, Ms. Russo actually performed the actual research and conducted the interviews to narrate the development of this world changing technology. Told from the perspective of multiple primary participants who are often at odds with one another, The Infinite Machine is an enjoyable read which goes into some of the high level mechanics of Ethereum, Bitcoin and the other crypto currencies which are the next technological paradigm shift.

The narration is solid but a bit monotone at times. It doesn’t detract from the story however. Recommended for investing and crypto enthusiasts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-18

Ethereum’s “Digital Gold”

Camila Russo does an incredible job documenting the origins of the Ethereum network.

A great story! Ethereans finally have their own “Digital Gold”.

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  • 2021-08-20

Great Listen

great writing to easily digest the crypto realm. I loved the path of the story.

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  • Luke
  • 2021-08-19

Great book

Great story helps understand why you need to be in ETH. Crypto is it a hard subject to understand this book helps you understand why you should be in crypto.

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  • JOHN FOSTER
  • 2021-08-11

A brilliant chronicle about the creation of ETH

Russo does an absolutely brilliant job chronicling the origin and history of Ethereum. Very well written and easy to listen to.
It is dramatic. She tells it as a story. This works so well as an audiobook. If you are learning about crypto assets and the blockchain, this book will give you a foundational background into the the players, the events, the thought processes and the underlying motivation and drive in creating ETH and other crypto assets. Russo has done such a good thing in capturing this history.

Writing is great: it flows. Hats off to the editors. Narration is great: it flows, too.

I have been listening to audiobooks for many years. I have heard some great book, but I have never written a review. This is my first one. Many times while listening I thought: "This is so in-depth and so well written, I've got to write a review." Here it is.

About me: very into crypto and blockchain but not a techie.