The Soul of a New Machine

Author(s): Tracy Kidder
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: May 17, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.05 hours)
Product Number: Z100103689
Released: May 17, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781478939603
Narrator/s: Ben Sullivan
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.

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Author(s): Tracy Kidder
Product Number EB00281320
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: #9780316204569

Professional reviews

"Ben Sullivan does a solid job narrating Kidder's 1981 account of a team of engineers outside Boston who are designing a new computer. At the time, the book was considered groundbreaking reporting--now it recalls a long-ago time of "super minis," the size of a suite of kitchen appliances, when the internet was unknown. Kidder won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for patiently documenting how the engineers thought and interacted. Here, Sullivan enlivens the sometimes arcane engineering disputes. He has a strong, pleasant voice, and his pacing is good, and his delivery clear--although he sometimes mangles Massachusetts place names. Kidder's careful observations withstand the test of time. F.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"