Bitcoin Billionaires

A True Story of Genius, Betrayal and Redemption
Narrated by: Lance C Fuller
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ben Mezrich's 2009 best seller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding - and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook - and the first great audiobook from the world of bitcoin. 

Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. 

Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realise 'crypto' is, in their own words, 'either the next big thing or total bulls--t.' There's nothing left to do but make a bet.  

From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalising economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here's the story of how they got there - as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.

©2019 Ben Mezrich (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Underwhelming story

The problem with Bitcoin Billionaires is that it feels like the first half of a full story. There wasn’t any betrayal and overall it seems very sycophantic (even though they’re impressive) about the Winkelvoss twins.

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Enjoyable and relevant

An easy read for the crypto educated or the lay man. An honest, accessible story that reads well and puts the puzzle pieces together for those of us who’s primary access to bitcoin information came post 2016.

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A nice tale of industry maturity & early adopters

An enjoyable easy listen about the wild west days of crypto & how early adopters such as the Twins have helped bring maturity to the sector. A chance encounter in Ibiza leads to a billion $ valuation..

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Great read!!!

Great, insightful book. Respect to the Twins. Respect to Charlie. Crypto is a great space to be in

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Great book

Very good book. Very informative and well researched. Totally recommended to anyone interested on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies or just finance.

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  • Rocky
  • 01-07-20

Why ruin your reputation by arse licking ?

What is quite an interesting story was turned into a Ridiculous PR stunt. Nobody is buying the story that these two twins are visionary geniuses that have never done a thing wrong. Calling Charlie Shrem a kid is patronising and annoying . Failing to mention any of the negative of his two heroes and bypassing all the drug addiction and scamming and Other nasty stuff that was going on in this bitcoin world just makes the book irritating. The one rowing scene is actually like porn. I actually had to stop reading because I got so annoyed.

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  • profplums
  • 06-02-19

Worst Mezrich by some distance

The first 1/2 of this book felt like Mezrich had been threatened by the Winkleboys and so produced the most sycophantic account of them imaginable. Interspersed with this was an interesting account of bitcoin, nothing of any great depth but enough to offset the brown nosing. I was very close to returning this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-20

Fact is so much better than fiction

Excellent insight into the frontier days of blockchain and Bitcoin. It has been said in these post Covid times that everyone needs at least 1 Bitcoin. Everyone also needs to read this un put downable book on this global changing technology at least once . I hope the Movie will be as awesome as the story when it comes out.

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  • D. Ferreira
  • 09-09-20

Wow,

This book was brilliant not only for learning a bit of history of Bitcoin, but also learning a bit of the winklevos twins, and how they indeed have bee portrayed as bad guys. I like it very much.

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  • Lee
  • 08-21-20

Reccomended for those interested in bitcoin

Excellent read for those interested in the pioneers & earliest investors of the Bitcoin digital cryptocurrency. Well written from the perspectives of the Winklevoss twins & their investment into one of the very first bitcoin exchanges. Tells the tale of the main characters in bitcoins early years and what propelled it to become as mainstream as it is today. How accurate the story is something only a handful of people can confirm but it brings a good understanding of what occurred during those early years. I would most certainly reccomend it to anyone interested in the subject Narration was fantastic, very easy to follow down the rabbit hole.

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  • Lance Johnson
  • 06-16-20

The kids who beat up the karate kid release a book

The Following is a review of this book as if Mark Zuckerberg listened to it and then reviewed it: Bitcoin billionaire should have aptly been labelled Bitcoin bullies. Ben Mizrahi is chasing another story to buy his next yacht with. He is the equivalent of a lawyer chasing ambulances to sue people for fraud compensation to make money. Ben is so desperate for a story related to his previous book on me, the he made a deal with the devil with those dumb jocks who tried to sue me because apparently I stole their idea even though they did jack all work with their website and were sitting around rowing boats. In his previous book, the author painted these guys as dumb jocks, now he tries to brush over this fact and goes overboard in praising them just because one of their investments worked out amongst their many failures There are certain people who are leeches in society, lawyers, bankers and the Winklevi twins. They add no value to anyone and don’t built anything. Rather they seek opportunity to leech off other people’s creativity and hard work. They tried to leech off my company, they leech off the developers of Bitcoin, and they make money by selling blockchain crap to a vulnerable public. What value have they added? None and they never will. I was smart enough to realise that they were leeches and fought them. Charlie Shrem one of their partners led a sheltered life, and therefore is easily taken advantage of by everyone and got screwed by them (And others). And even though the poor guy has come out of jail and the Winkevi are billionaires- the Winklevi are suing him for a few million dollars to add more to ill gotten gains. The only way these guys will make money is by sucking life from others. In many ways similar to the Goldman Sachs vampire squid analogy written by Matt Taibi in Rollingstones who defined as following: a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. Look the book reads well and it is a page turner. But I am smart enough to critically analyse and look up things when mentioned in the book. Eg Mizrahi argues that the Winklevoss were pioneers of two good ideas the social network and bitcoin. This is not true since they tried to hang on to people developing those ideas. Also when u have money, a lot of it, you are presented with more business opportunities to make money, like the twins were with Bitcoin. He does not talk about their many business failures. Also I made billions acquiring WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus etc. Does it make me a genius or someone who has a lot of resources and some experience to make great decisions. You can look up Facebook failures I had as well if you want. U can’t be rowing at Olympic level which they flopped at, and then run a business. Mizrahi said the Winklevi knew html and so were technically savy. Hey I can listen to a heartbeat with a stethascope, that means I am a cardiologist. In essence this book is enjoyable but be aware of the lopsided and bias in favour of the Winklevi. Mark Z End review

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  • Marco Schletz
  • 06-14-20

The bitcoin revolution

I couldn't have more respect for the twins for handling and navigating these difficult choices. Regarding Zuckerberg, could there be a more unfit person for steering this data monopoly? I think this is where regulators should focus there efforts, rather than chasing and executing teenagers like Ross Ulbricht

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  • David
  • 05-31-20

brilliant

Narrator is excellent. Story told brilliantly. Kept me very interested throughout. Highly recommended for anybody with an interest in Bitcoin and Crypto. The author has obviously put a lot of effort into learning the history of this story and it is very educational as well as entertaining. It has also given me a good insight into the history/background of some of the bitcoin advocates I have seen online and watched on YouTube.

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  • Mr. Lee Graham
  • 04-23-20

Great listen

Leads on from the social network in a great story. Really hope they make a movie of it.

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  • Tom Boyle
  • 02-09-20

Excellent

A very easy listening to a remarkable double story. Nicely read, entertaining and very enjoyable.

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  • Matt Jones
  • 06-05-19

Another cracker from Ben

I hang on the edge of my seat for Ben to release new books. They never disappoint. I definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

Crypto

Wow Wow Wow What a story A must read if you are interested in cryptocurrency

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  • Carlin Archer
  • 04-16-20

Great book

A very interesting listen - good info on Bitcoin as well as a compelling story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-19

Interesting sequel to The Social Network

Interesting at the start to hear what happened to the Winklevous twins after Facebook. It appeared although they have strong morals and are gentlemen of Havard, they continued to strike bad luck. Although it was interesting at the start it was long and dragged on a bit. Not terrible but maybe skip until the end once you start tunning out.

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  • Philip
  • 12-11-19

OK but only for BitCoin nuts

Not a great read. A lot of history but not anything anyone would care about unless you wondered what all the hype was. We still don't know the end of the story. An interesting concept but another IT system that is still being plundered by geeks - only on this occasion - you can't sue anyone if you lose your money. The only think about Billionaires is that by definition they were lucky, rather than clever. Had they lost everything no-one would have written the book. Whether there is more money to be made other than those involved early on will; be interesting to experience. I think more billionaires from BC are pretty unlikely.

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  • Dean Harry
  • 09-30-19

Excellent book

Loved this book, couldn't stop listening and got through it in 2 days :)

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  • Mark Doyle
  • 09-25-19

not great

reads like the twins hired him to write a puff piece to counter the impact of social network. the.number of times twins were described as "Greek gods" ...bit nauseating

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  • Joel
  • 09-06-19

Another Great Ben Mezrich Read

Loved this story although got a little lost through the middle with some of the characters. Have always been interested in the Bitcoin story and while providing a strong story line learnt a lot as well. Certainly a story of redemption for the Winklevoss brothers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

winklevii

really enjoyed how informative it was and finding out information from the early days of btc was a big plus for me. A lot of the characters I have only heard of since 2017 so I was good to see how they got involved in crypto in the very beginning. memorable moment. charlie schrem being locked up disappointed with the narration , I didn't feel if was necessary to put on voices for each character, it made me form a different opinion about each character as the difference voices annoyed me hence the character annoyed me. I feel like narrating in the same voice would of been better

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  • daniel
  • 07-13-19

Riveting Read!

Best book I’ve listened to in a long time if not ever! Highly recommended!! A must read for 2019