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Where Wizards Stay Up Late Audiobook

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet

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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.

©1996 Katie Hafner (P)2012 Katie Hafner

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    Brad Gillespie Chicago IL USA 02-09-15
    Brad Gillespie Chicago IL USA 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Invisibled California 06-21-13
    Invisibled California 06-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve P. Tsuida Calgary, AB 04-19-16
    Steve P. Tsuida Calgary, AB 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Soundtrack to a coma."

    Compared to a few other computer-history books I've bought recently, Especially Hackers by Steven Levy, and When Computing Got Personal by Matthew Nicholson, this book reads like an extended Wikipedia page. Extraordinarily lifeless and flat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Mathew 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Internet Online"

    If you ever wanted to learn about the founding fathers of the internet and where there ideas actually came from this is as good as it gets. The authors also do a remarkable job of explaining the technical details in a way very easy for layman like myself to understand. Nelson's narration is overall great too. Recommended!

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    Ian 06-08-16
    Ian 06-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "IMP"

    A story for those truly interested in the origin of modern day networking.The writing is supreme in retelling the early days of the ARPA net and its progress (or demise) into the internet.

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    Jon 05-10-16
    Jon 05-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book
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    great book, the unsung heroes of the internet. no detail left out. must read for anyone wanting to know more about the internet

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    Pascal Houde 03-17-16
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    "Captivating story of the birth of the Internet."

    A must for the history and technology lovers. This audiobook combines both beautifully and efficiently.

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    Daniel 12-09-15
    Daniel 12-09-15
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    "Important book"

    Ok, I'm not going to say it was riveting. There's not much intrigue, and the characters and subplots are many and various. But it's an important and pretty well written history, and lots of later books seem to reference it.

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    Frank H. 11-05-15
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    "Very interesting to a retired tech."

    The book brought back my memories of comunacations tech in mid sixties, and high tech thru my 45 years as an Army Calibration Technician & Specialist both military and civilian.

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    BILLB 11-04-15
    BILLB 11-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Untold history of one of the great developments of the 20th century"

    This book is an excellent if somewhat dry recollection of how the Internet came to be.
    Like stories of the development of personal computers in Silicon Valley that came later it is steeped in history and technology.
    This is about people who were at the cutting edge of the new technology and a new engineering phenomenal. These were real innovators who created new concepts new products and the backbone of what made it possible for a lot of technology to come in the future.
    Overall a very interesting book and well worth the read/listen.

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    "interesting"

    Knowing about the origins of computing and the internet is something that hasn't been made that we'll known, even to people with an interest in technology.

    I found the story fascinating, and often listened to bits of the story a couple times just to get the facts right.

    Loved it!

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  • Ash
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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    "Absolutely fascinating."

    The book mixes social, personal and technical aspects of the early days of computer networking - the people and the personalities behind it all really shine out. Whilst the subject is matter is technical the book should be accessible to non technical readers as it doesn't go too heavily into the technical aspects, a basic understanding of networking would help you get more out of the book though.

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    "Fantastic"

    A great look at how it all got started, it's hard to believe how basic the Internet was in its earlier years.

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    "Interesting and informative"
    What did you like most about Where Wizards Stay Up Late?

    The depth of the information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The long and interesting history of packet switching and the origins of today's Internet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone wanting an in-depth and very detailed history of the origins of modern communication technology (e.g. packet switching) from which the Internet came to be. However, if you just want a light history of the Internet, this is probably a bit too detailed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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