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Makers Audiobook

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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Publisher's Summary

Wired magazine editor and best-selling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent - creating "the long tail of things".

©2012 Chris Anderson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Chris understands that the owners of the means of production get to decide what is produced. And now you're the owner. This book will change your life, whether you read it or not, so I suggest you get in early." (Seth Godin, best-selling author of Tribes and Purple Cow)

"A visionary preview of the next technological revolution. If you want to know where the future is headed, start here." (Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0)

"Makers is must read for understanding the transformative changes that are shaping, and will shape, the future of inventing." (Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality)

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    Rui G Lisbon, Portugal 04-29-15
    Rui G Lisbon, Portugal 04-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A very good book about the future unfolding today"

    Chris Anderson is a great storyteller and her managed to put together a compelling case on how the democratization of the told to make objects can fundamentally change our economy and society. The first hand accounts make the book more valuable. The only downside is obvious, in a field moving so fast, a 2012 book already started to feel a bit dated. While there was no way for the author to prevent it, an updated edition might be in order.

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    Tony LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-16-15
    Tony LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Starts slow but gets better"
    Any additional comments?

    The book attempts to cover all the bases from the person that knows nothing about "making" to the one who is an expert maker. IMO, that's too much ground. I was bored the first six chapters and almost gave up on the book but then it got much better toward the end. Even so, its so much information I doubt many people will remember much from the book in audio format. It may be better as a hard copy reference book.

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    rx8pilot 09-06-14
    rx8pilot 09-06-14
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    "Useful way to reset some of my thinking"
    What made the experience of listening to Makers the most enjoyable?

    This book helped me get out of some of my stagnant thinking. I have been a small manufacturer for 7 years, making my sole living this way. It was helpful to take a break and listen to some variations of someone's experience. There are no real earth shattering concepts presented, but it covers many useful concepts that can be forgotten by those that have been "makers" for a while. I was happy to get more than a giddy overview of how a 3D printer can make anyone an inventor - it covers the thinking and resources needed to make something that is real. 3D printing is .001% of product development and this book appropriately only spends a little time on that topic and explaining its limits as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that the author tends to gloss over the gritty and detailed reality of designing, making, and marketing products on a small to modest scale. It is indeed easier than ever before, but it is a mind numbing, back breaking, and financially risky career path. The book emphasizes the glamorous victories without much said about the hard core challenge of building a multi-discipline super skill set to create something and form a business around it based largely on "Google" knowledge. Victories are hard to come by and failures can be financial disasters that take years to recover from.

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    locrawl 01-20-14
    locrawl 01-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for understanding the maker movement"
    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    If I were to start my own maker business I sure would, but otherwise as a consumer, the information comes across as "here's what you need to know", and thus has limited replay value.


    Would you recommend Makers to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a very helpful book to understand the way modern manufacturing and production is being changed by the internet and democratization of factories. Leaves you with a sense of capability and motivation to make something.


    Did Rene Ruiz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was easy to tell who was doing what. There weren't that many characters besides a few references, but each one was differentiated well enough.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "People Power, Printers, and Production"


    Any additional comments?

    Great for introducing others to the maker movement, but as somebody that's already been fairly caught up, some of the material was a bit redundant and less useful once you already get the gist of the topic.

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    Carol C. Buchalter 07-27-13
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    ""Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." It's on its way."

    Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine and "The Long Tail" has written another insightful book about and emerging technological and societal phenomenon.

    Three-D printing,small-batch internet based manufacturing, and the culture of shared creativity are changing the face of manufacturing and erasing the advantage of outsourcing jobs.

    When Captain Picard of the Enterprise ordered a cup of hot tea from the replicator, it was fiction. Today, we can make the tea cup. It is not unimaginable that soon, we can fill the cup with tea, too.

    Very well read, I enjoyed the cadence and timber of the narrator's voice. Some of the material gets a little dry and geeky, but the narration helped keep it from being boring.

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    Karl Redmond, WA, United States 07-12-13
    Karl Redmond, WA, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes!"
    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    A classic listen. The ideas discussed help listeners think about how the world is going to be shaped. It will be interesting to see how the ideas, parallel with large tech companies, think Amazon Locker and Bufferbox, that are improving logistics, and if local libraries begin to purchase this printers.


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    Ranjit Zhu Bei City, Taiwan 05-09-13
    Ranjit Zhu Bei City, Taiwan 05-09-13
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    "The book is done in the introduction itself."
    What disappointed you about Makers?

    After the introduction, the book ends. there is nothing new happening later on. the same theme is getting repeated over and over again.
    Just like his other book, Long Tail, this book as well gets a bit chewy.
    as much as I like the the concepts of this book and his last book, i just wish he could make it packed with more varieties of information, make it more interesting. I found it was difficult to cling on to this book as there was nothing new to be found. But that could be just me, as I probably already know a lot about this field than someone new to the same.


    Has Makers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What does Rene Ruiz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't say.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


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    Josh 03-29-13
    Josh 03-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't realize I am a 'Maker' until I read this."
    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    Yes, this was an excellent and inspiring book for people who like to design, create, and invent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't realize there were so many people like me. This book opened my eyes to the world of 'Makers' and also provided a guide to making my ideas reality. I have been using the concepts in this book to bring my ideas and inventions to life.


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    Heine Jelling, Denmark 03-26-13
    Heine Jelling, Denmark 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Invention in a new perspective"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I find the whole idea of the book fascinating and have a huge respect for the people and communities that drives the maker revolution. The book is well written and the narration is good - so an easy listening. I can recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in "userdriven" invention and community driven innovation.


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    Mary M. Rydesky 03-24-13
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    "How Innovations Become Products on the Shelf"
    Where does Makers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Makers is a keeper. It is not riveting, but it is a book that stimulates thought. It would be a great 'read' for a study on innovation and change.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Easy to follow - well explained when the stories might have been foreign to the reader's experience.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rene Ruiz?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From Bolts to Bytes


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time unless you are looking strictly for entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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