The Innovators by Walter Isaacson audiobook

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

By Walter Isaacson
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781476708690
17.47 Hours Unabridged
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Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.

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Summary

Summary

Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Nonfiction

Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Science and technology

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, October 2014

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.

For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The history of the computer as told through this fascinating book is not the story of great leaps forward but rather one of halting progress…Isaacson’s absorbing study shows that technological progress is a team sport, and that there’s no I in computer.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A panoramic history of technological revolution…Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Boutsikaris’] reading reveals a rich palette of emotional accents that he applies to great effect in all the right places. His skill with the subtleties of narrative energy also work well with this textured history lesson…With one fascinating story after the other, this highly entertaining audio chronicles the importance of collaboration as much as individual creativity among the colorful pioneers who brought us today’s digital world.” AudioFile
“Walter Isaacson has written an inspiring book about genius, this time explaining how creativity and success come from collaboration. The Innovators is a fascinating history of the digital revolution, including the critical but often forgotten role women played from the beginning. It offers truly valuable lessons in how to work together to achieve great results.” Sheryl Sandberg

Reviews

Reviews

by Ana 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Nice pacing and interesting snippets from a great narrator

I was intrigued by the premise of this book and some reviews I read that mentioned the important roles that women played in the development of present-day computers and technology. I wasn't disappointed at all, in the sense that I enjoyed the narrator's tone and found the subject matter really was interesting. Perhaps I am not cut out for nonfiction, however, because I was unable to get really drawn into the stories. I think this would be enjoyable to listen to with someone else, perhaps on a road trip, so as to have someone to discuss it with. I really did enjoy the stories about Byron's daughter, for example, and her "outsized opinion of herself." She apparently did have a unique perspective on science, so who is to say that she wasn't in fact a genius of sorts? Society makes these pronouncements, which are often pretty subjective. The book continues this thread in later chapters, when referring to another scientist whose IQ test didn't qualify him as a genius...yet he found himself adhering to these standards even after they failed him, in a way.

The author's intent to portray a variety of perspectives is fulfilling and I think relevant to theories of collaboration, which are popular today. He discusses this within the individual stories as well, and how they approached working with others. I think he is very skilled at tying his theme together, although it is a bit challenging when you have so many threads.

Interesting stuff -- I will definitely revisit this one, hopefully with an intellectual partner to enjoy it with me.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 17.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English