• The Infinite Machine

  • How an Army of Crypto-Hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum
  • By: Camila Russo
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (535 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Written with the verve of such works as The Big Short, The History of the Future, and The Spider Network, here is the fascinating, true story of the rise of Ethereum, the second-biggest digital asset in the world, the growth of cryptocurrency, and the future of the internet as we know it.

Everyone has heard of Bitcoin, but few know about the second largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, which has been heralded as the "next internet". 

The story of Ethereum begins with Vitalik Buterin, a supremely gifted 19-year-old autodidact who saw the promise of blockchain when the technology was in its earliest stages. He convinced a crack group of coders to join him in his quest to make a super-charged, global computer. 

The Infinite Machine introduces Vitalik’s ingenious idea and unfolds Ethereum’s chaotic beginnings. It then explores the brilliant innovation and reckless greed the platform - an infinitely adaptable foundation for experimentation and new applications - has unleashed and the consequences that resulted as the frenzy surrounding it grew: increased regulatory scrutiny, incipient Wall Street interest, and the founding team’s effort to get the Ethereum platform to scale so it can eventually be accessible to the masses.

Financial journalist and cryptocurrency expert Camila Russo details the wild and often hapless adventures of a team of hippy-anarchists, reluctantly led by an ambivalent visionary, and lays out how this new foundation for the internet will spur both transformation and fraud - turning some into millionaires and others into felons - and revolutionize our ideas about money.

©2020 Camila Russo (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Good overview

As someone who's been there through all of this, I could relate to it all and had a hard time not feeling nostalgic or almost tearing up at some of the flashbacks the book took me through. The narrator is okay but has some strange pronunciations (ConensSYS, e-doubleu-a-es-em for eWASM, Is.tan.bul. for Istanbul) and sometimes sounds robotic, but generally very good. I wish this book had been published 6 months later so it could have documented what DeFi had become in the meanwhile, and also the launch of Eth2 phase 0, but maybe a second edition will catch up.

All in all highly recommended historical overview for anyone who wants to know what this Ethereum stuff is all about.

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The most entertaining book about blockchain.

this is the most informative and interesting book on crypto, blockchain, and specifically ethereum. if you're brandnew to blockchains or a long term believer in crypto this book is for you.

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Ethereum Social Diary

Great for sending me to sleep at night, listening to this is like sitting next to someone at a dinner party drone on. It’s a level one vomit of events: and then they did this, went to this bar, drank these cocktails and now the next chapter: here’s a dude who grow up in Romania blah blah blah. Presumably there are other books which tell this potentially interesting story with Humor, Insight, Pathos etc

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Captivating story and Great intro to blockchain

The story is told as a narrative through the lives of various influential participants in the crypto world, and is very captivating. The level of detail in understanding the nuances of how crypto works and how it has miraculously grown so fast, is very well articulated, and Russo gives you just enough to understand the key aspects of blockchain technology without being a tech nerd. I highly recommend this book!

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great story, good audiobook

thrilling and intriguing ethereum backstory . narrator has great voice but reading monotonous like computer generated youtube audio... reader needs to get past mispronounced tech terms, like get-hub. overall, though, well worth the time and money

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Well researched and informative

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Camila Russo has written a highly informative history of the development of Ethereum and the broader world of crypto currencies. Unlike many modern “journalists”, Ms. Russo actually performed the actual research and conducted the interviews to narrate the development of this world changing technology. Told from the perspective of multiple primary participants who are often at odds with one another, The Infinite Machine is an enjoyable read which goes into some of the high level mechanics of Ethereum, Bitcoin and the other crypto currencies which are the next technological paradigm shift.

The narration is solid but a bit monotone at times. It doesn’t detract from the story however. Recommended for investing and crypto enthusiasts.

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Ethereum’s “Digital Gold”

Camila Russo does an incredible job documenting the origins of the Ethereum network.

A great story! Ethereans finally have their own “Digital Gold”.

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Great book!

Great book for people interested in the history of Ethereum, as well as the beginning of DAO, Dai, the legal battles the Crypto community have overcome and much more!

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Excellent educational read

Anyone in Crypto or NFTs should read this book. It's a great history book with regards to the development of Ethereum, the struggles through the development, ICOS, and a brief introduction to DAOs and NFTS. 11/10 recommend. I couldn't put it down.

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The Wild, Wild West of ETH

This was by far one of my favorite reads this year. Being a young developer curious about what I could do with the universal computer, this book was an eye opener to both the triumphs and pitfalls of crypto and its factions. I hope Camila releases more on the subject, as the research and organization of this book was beyond engaging.

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  • A. Cooke
  • 08-03-20

Fantastic document of Ethereum’s histori

A must-listen for anyone with even a casual interest in this cutting edge technology and the exceptional people behind it. Digestible and non-jargonny. The people that made Ethereum are just incredible.

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  • DeFi.radio
  • 07-16-20

A very well written story of the ETHEREUM

Incredibly insighfull story of Ethereum and it's community, the decentralized movement and $crypto euphoria '17. You won't find a better description of the DAO hack. A good book to refresh the memory, for Bitcoin maxis, (no)coiners, noobs, researchers, investors
#ETH + #ETC=❤
A female voice of the narrator is a bonus for sure!

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  • Jiri
  • 11-17-21

Outstanding insights to story of Ethereum

Very well written, full of personal stories and narration from many people that were at the foundation of this industry. It also uncovers many of thought processes, decisions and even conflicts that shaped Ethereum. It’s good book for everyone who wants to peak under the hood.

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  • GONCALO VICENTE
  • 04-22-21

Great work of research!

It’s an amazing book, it blends the technicalities of blockchain with the daily dramas of building a decentralized ecosystem from scratch.
Congratulations for telling this story so accurately.

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  • Mr. Lee Graham
  • 04-18-21

Even better the second time around

Really great book and well told story. I hope the author writes more on the topic.

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  • Oye
  • 09-15-20

Great narration, wonderful story

Excellent account of the history of ethereum with contributions from all the major players involved in the project. The narrator did an excellent job of making the story gripping and entertaining. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

So boring!!!

I apologise for leaving such a negative review since so much work had gone into collating the interviews but it's so boring that I had to give up on it with 3 hrs to go.
For people interested in the emergence of cryptocurrencies, there is simply not that much to gain here.

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  • Atlas Talisman
  • 03-02-21

Get to know the people behind crypto

Such a great account of the rise of Ethereum! I gained so much insight into the ideologies and technologies of this important new field.

Highly highly recommend if you are interested in crypto, Web 3.0 and DeFi 👾💎🏆

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

Amazing History of Ethereum

I have not come across another historical account so complete as relates to the development and early days of Ethereum.

Like many people, I became interested in cryptocurrencies after Ethereum was already created. Getting to understand the story and rationale behind it was highly interesting.

The author tells the story in a compelling way, drawing on interviews but with an appropriately critical voice, pointing out when accounts conflict.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Ethereum or cryptocurrencies.