We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Innovators Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$17.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Walter Isaacson. All rights reserved (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (58 )
5 star
 (37)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.5 (45 )
5 star
 (31)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (47 )
5 star
 (26)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    P. Lafford Phoenix, Arizona USA 12-18-15
    P. Lafford Phoenix, Arizona USA 12-18-15 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engaging History of Computing"
    What did you love best about The Innovators?

    I got into computers with the Commodore VIC-20 in 1983, and have worked my way through all of the advances right up to today's iPhones and Microsoft's Surface. Having lived through 35 years of Moore's Law, I am still awed to think that my Apple Watch probably has more computing power than the Lunar Lander in 1969. While I enjoyed learning about all the early thorists with their Analytical Engines and all, the real pleasure was reliving the early days of personal computing, hearing the stories about Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the complementary collaborators who have changed the way we work...play...live.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable listen for those who lived through the early days, and a book that will help those born with a digital spoon in their mouths appreciate the technology that we all take for granted today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David 01-16-15
    David 01-16-15

    Teacher, writer and avid reader.... My first love is American History. But, every once in a while, its good to have a little brain candy.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Read"

    Isaacson has written a masterpiece. "The Innovators" is arguably among the most important books written in recent years.

    Isaacson weaves together more than 100 years of collaborative development that has led to our current computer and Internet use. But, this is more than a book about history. Isaacson also gives the reader much to think about for our future. The way that we collaborate and use technology will surely shape our future successes and failures.

    If there is any weakness in this book, it is Isaacson's attempt to defend Al Gore' assertion that he (Gore) created the internet and Barack Obama's statement that business owners didn't build their businesses. Aside from the politics involved, these brief tangents didn't add value to an otherwise extraordinary text.

    "The Innovators" is both thoughtful and thought provoking. This glimpse into our technological past is important to understanding our future. Like I said. This really might be among the most important books published in recent years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann's Back 04-08-15
    Ann's Back 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The steps of the technological ladder"

    Suddenly my life was enmeshed in computers with browsers, search engines, modems, etc., and now I understand the steps/words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.