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The story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses.

In their short history, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars, recently reaching a market valuation of more than $2 trillion. The central promise of crypto endures—vast fortunes made from decentralized networks not controlled by any single entity and not yet regulated by many governments.

The recent growth of crypto would have been all but impossible if not for a brilliant young man named Vitalik Buterin and his creation: Ethereum. In this book, Laura Shin takes listeners inside the founding of this novel cryptocurrency network, which enabled users to launch their own new coins, thus creating a new crypto fever. She introduces readers to larger-than-life characters like Buterin, the Web3 wunderkind; his short-lived CEO, Charles Hoskinson; and Joe Lubin, a former Goldman Sachs VP who became one of crypto’s most well-known billionaires. Sparks fly as these outsized personalities fight for their piece of a seemingly limitless new business opportunity.

This fascinating book shows the crypto market for what it really is: a deeply personal struggle to influence the coming revolution in money, culture, and power.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Laura Shin (P)2021 PublicAffairs

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Full of sensationalism, bias, & many inaccuracies

I bought this book hoping for a solid history on Ethereum. Unfortunately it became clear that this is more of a tabloid piece to sell sensationalism in an effort to make a solid profit. Read this for entertainment only, but don't trust large portions of the story that were unchecked, biased, fluffed up, and/or straight up wrong.

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Ethereum Origins

When I picked up this book, I assumed it was going to be a boring tale of an Ethereum fan. I was extremely wrong.

Laura has done a phenomenal job of telling the story of the origins of Ethereum without bias. It does live up to its title and I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to read about the conception of Ethereum and the characters behind the project. You wouldn’t want to put the book down once you start reading.

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Love Laura Shin as a Journalist...but as an Author

While the creation of Ethereum was itself an incredible evolution this book read more like a frat boy soap opera. Expected to learn more about crypto, Ethereum, fiat vs crypto, etc... Hearing a book-long narrative of "Crypto Days of Our Life" was mind numbing trivial.

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informative and interesting

if you're part of this world then this is history you should know. plus it's just super interesting. well narrated by the author.

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Wow! What a s$&tfest

Very engrossing and juicy. Amazing to think where it is today based on all this.

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The book is a compilation of quotes from trolls

This book should have been titled, "I hate Ming." From my POV, the author listened to trolls and gave their negative gossip a voice. The book is like reading through negative glass door comments.

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Bad story telling

Amazing story, bad story telling, and also some kind of bias in the way things are told from the author.

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Soap Opera poorly narrated

The premise of the book seemed interesting, and it was for the first 25% of the book. Then it simply got old and the style of the book just wore me out. The author is clearly "in the know", but should have picked some else to record the audiobook.

When the movie comes out I'll definitely watch it.

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the history of vitalik and some odd characters

very tedious and long accounts of many irrelevant details make it difficult to diserrn the real story
The author will spell out the ethereum addresses of transactions, multiple times
Describe the soapbopera thanthrums of an asian woman that worked with Vitalik with all the glory and detail
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A mind-blowing story behind Ethereum

This is not a technical manual on Ethereum. Instead, this book provides:
- a deep insight into how Etherium was created
- the personalities of the founders
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It explains why things are the way they are. Finally, it draws a realistic picture of this crypto's Wild West beginnings, adoption, and uncertain future. I strongly recommend this book as a foundation for anyone who owns or plans to invest in $ETH or its derivative coins or NFTs.

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  • 03-22-22

Only average in all topics

It’s well written, but I think sometimes is too descriptive, maybe lacks some passion and magic to the narrative.
I understand it’s a non-fiction book so it needs to be factual. Nevertheless the story could have been emphasized with off the beaten track stories around the crypto ecosystem.
The audio is also lacking emotion and always in the same tone, needs to be enhanced.

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  • 04-30-22

Title should be "Dramatic Etherum Founders Story"

Great research but It focuses much more on the descriptive and dramatic side of the ETH project founding than the business side. Also struggling with her excess use of sss sounds and words through headphones lol

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  • 03-09-22

The definitive history of the start of crypto as we know it

I’ve worked in quite a few startups and read books about them. I always find that the “early days” accounts tend to be whitewashed if not outright embellished. There is none of that with this book. It’s so thoroughly well researched and unflinching in laying out the facts as they are/were. I’m a web 3 operator but found myself learning a few things with this book. Definately best book of the year so far. Don’t hesitate. Buy it, you won’t regret

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  • 03-06-22

The story of ETH’s development & ‘The DAO’s’ complete & detailed history

How cool is Griff Green.

Detailed account of ‘The DAO’ hack and various accounts from ETH founders time working with the protocol.

Laura has done a great job and with no detail spared.

Learnt bits and bobs throughout the book even as an avid ‘cryptopian’.

Big book, worth a listen.

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  • 03-27-22

Must listen for all interested in crypto

Outstanding research, story telling and narration by Laura. I had heard snippets of the crypto saga since 2017 but this book pieces everything together. gives you the perspective of the people and events involved