• Bitcoin Billionaires

  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,630 ratings)

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By: Ben Mezrich
Narrated by: Will Damron
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"Narrating with subtle pitch and phrasing variations, Will Damron connects with every bit of the drama and interpersonal tension that pervade this story. His pleasing voice and facility with dialogue are enormously enjoyable.... Damron's superb performance adds to the excitement and makes this captivating listening." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner)

From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times best-selling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires - the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss' big bet on cryptocurrency and its dazzling pay-off.

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 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. 

Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric 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 realize “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, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26, 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 Macmillan Audio

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Misleading Title - Mostly "Winkelvi Memoirs"

Do not buy this if you expect to learn more about Bitcoin or its origin story. The first five hours are almost exclusively focused on the Winkelvoss twins, their family and a corrective account of the Facebook saga. This is very unfortunate, as the author is actually a really good writer.

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No story arc

I absolutely love all of Ben Mezrich’s books. They all read like movies and have great characters. While I like this book also, it really has no story arc. Not very much happens. It feels like it needs a second and third act.

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Is that a GPS reading to me?

Woke up early, brewed the good coffee, setup the workload and thought, what a great 9.5 hours today will be. Maybe it's just me the robotic reading voice was so bad I had to tap out. Sounds like an old TomTom GPS reading. If that's a human actually reading I apologize for insulting you.

Just my opinion and curiosity is killing me, off to Barnes and Noble to get the paper copy.

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Meh

This seemed like an attempt portray the Winklevoss brothers as interesting, sympathetic protagonists but unfortunately it fell flat. The writing was good, but ultimately the story just isn't that interesting. Basic synopsis: rich guys use some of the money they had from suing Mark Zuckerberg to invest in Bitcoin, now their investment is worth over a billion dollars. Along the way they partner with someone they ultimately end up suing as well... Additionally, there are seemingly endless cringe worthy references to "The Movie"...(eye roll)

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good

great story .. I enjoyed the vindication so to speak of the twins. I wish I would have bought Bitcoin that one day when I was looking at it at $7 a coin....

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Mezrich has sold out.

Mezrich used to be fun to read - In high school, my friends and I enjoyed reading about Blackjack. Though not considered to be a serious author, certain of his pieces had a kind of edge, even occasionally ringing subversive.

This one is evidence that any edge or courage is gone from Mezrich’s writing. This book relies on tired rhetorical fillers and melodrama to stretch its limited substantive content. Worse, it reads like a long love letter from Mezrich to the Winkle-whatever boys—a couple Harvard trust fund tools known for receiving a one time windfall gift from Facebook, which Zuck paid to make them go away.

Worst, here Mezrich reveals that he has lost any courage or independence he once had and now just tows the safe, mainstream narrative. He touches very superficially on topics that might give another impression, he carefully dances around and avoids adopting any tone or position that carries risk or that could piss anyone off.

Too bad.

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its ok but didn't charge my life. It was flat

its ok but didn't charge my life. It was a story too slow and without a punch. trying to sound historic

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Interesting read, albeit biased

The extreme bias towards the twins was very apparent and hurts the validity of the story.

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not what I expected but amazing

thanks to this book now I know most people involved in crypto. It really helps you to know more about how Bitcoin started and who was involved in the process including the difficulties and accusations.

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Highly engaging...

Great book that was very entertaining. A worthwhile read of the early days of Bitcoin.

Solid read by Damron

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