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Blockchain Technology - I Told You So! Audiobook

Blockchain Technology - I Told You So!: What Bitcoins, Ethereum and Other Blockchain Technologies Are and How You Can Use Them for Fun and Profit

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Publisher's Summary

Are you curious about blockchain technology? Have you heard of Bitcoin and want to know more about it, but don’t know where to start?

If you’d like to know what blockchain systems are all about, this is the audiobook for you! This audiobook is a thorough introduction to the world of blockchain. It’s easy to follow and covers everything from the basics of blockchain to using blockchain technologies in your business.

Though blockchain technology was designed to be used for Bitcoin, more and more people are discovering that this technology is useful for other industries. Whether recording important transactions, the exchange of legal documents, authorizations, or more, blockchain technology is an entirely new way to maintain secure records.

Some are even touting blockchain technology as the backbone for a new type of Internet. The message is clear: Even if you’re not sure where to begin, now is the time to learn about blockchain technology.

This audiobook focuses on the history and trajectory of blockchain technology. The story of blockchain technology goes far beyond Bitcoin. It can be used to create other kinds of digital currency, but its main function of keeping updated, tamper-­proof records is enough to rewrite the rule book of the Internet.

Blockchain technology is being hailed as the next major movement in the global economy. Keep yourself or your business in the know and learn what blockchain technology can do for you.

Here is a snapshot of what this audiobook will teach you:  

  • What blockchain technology is and how it works: You’ll learn the basics behind blockchain technology and why companies and organizations all over the world are turning to it
  • How blockchain systems came to be: the history of blockchain technology and Bitcoin
  • What makes blockchain systems so groundbreaking
  • What Bitcoin is and what you need to know about it
  • The big picture: what blockchain means for economies
  • What blockchain systems already exist: understanding Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple
  • How to use blockchain technology: example applications of blockchain technology and how to profit from it
  • Bitcoin 101: How to buy, use, and sell Bitcoins
  • Blockchain of the future: what you need to know about the potential of blockchain systems

Blockchain systems are revolutionizing the way we share, store, and secure information. Whether you're familiar with blockchain technology (e.g. Bitcoin), or you're completely new to the concept, this audiobook is the perfect guide to the world of blockchain.

©2018 Thomas Joseph Bernstein (P)2018 Thomas Joseph Bernstein

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    Emily 09/02/2018
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    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was really informative about blockchain. It also concerned Bitcoin as a secondary thought. What I really liked about this book was that, for the most part, the author explained the terms he used, and as a beginner with cryptocurrency, I did appreciate that. It was well written and understandable.

    Andrew B. Wehrlen was a brilliant narrator. He really brought the book to life, and made it interesting, when it is a quite dry topic.

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    Eula Schultz 05/02/2018
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    "great overview"

    Great overview that can be covered in a couple of hours. Perfect for the non-technical reader who wants to gain a broad understanding of the technology and potential applications

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    Bertha 05/02/2018
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    "GREAT UNDERSTANDING"

    The book was wonderful for a novice to fully understand blockchain and cryptocurrency. Easy to listen to. Repeated several chapters several times. HIghly recommend.

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    "brilliant guide"

    This book will appeal to anyone who has an interest in personal finance, but it may also benefit readers who are interested in money and seek to learn more about the digital money system. For those who are new to the world of digital currency, the information provided will guide them through the realistic ways to invest and profit off of the revolutionary concept of blockchains.

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    "good introduction"

    This is a very good introduction to blockchain technology. The author has a talent for explaining challenging concepts.

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    Phil Muniz 05/02/2018
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    "basic guide"

    Overall the was a good read, it went over the basic building blocks of the blockchain not technical at all minus the last chapter but still listenable. After all is said a done I would recommend this book. Giving me the confidence to be in a conversation and not feel lost

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  • Brett
    03/02/18
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    "A good introduction to the basic ideas"

    "Blockchain... I told you so!" is a solid description of the general ideas behind blockchain software, and it nicely identifies several areas where it could lead to paradigm shifts. It does explain some of the technical detail, but it has a strange and somewhat annoying method - it starts by repeatedly explaining part of the process and leaving the rest as unexplained technological wizardry, but each time it gives a little more information on the technical details. I would have preferred having it explained from a bird's-eye view from the get-go, followed by more in-depth examinations of each aspect of how blockchains work. Also, occasionally some of the most technical aspects are mentioned with no explanation whatsoever (e.g. Turing machines) and just end up as jargon.

    The book certainly does well emphasizing the central idea of decentralization, though perhaps to the point of redundancy. While it lists numerous current and future implications, it gives very few specific examples of current events and doesn't bother to back up its claims of what the future will bring. Near the end, the book has detailed instructions on where to go to get started with cryptocurrencies along with some advice, which is definitely nice. It's so specific as to describe the layout of buttons on a few webpages, which on one hand can be very convenient but on the other could become meaningless before long as websites change their interfaces.

    The reader spoke clearly and sounded like he enjoyed the reading the book, which always makes for a nicer listen. He did, however, in my opinion have a substantial surplus of unnecessarily long pauses, which at times were also awkwardly placed.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have
    voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Moon
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    20/02/18
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    "Good basics on a complex thing"

    There is still so much to learn but this book helped me to see how blockchain may effect my life now and in the future. I may never decide to mine but at least I want to understand when others are talking about it, and it will also help me to understands the effects that cryptocurrency has on the world today.

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  • Striker
    Savannah, GA
    19/02/18
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    "A Great Explanation "

    This was a short and easy listen that provided an excellent background and explanation of blockchain technology. Even though I already had an idea of how it worked before listening, I thought that the author explained the concept and how the technology worked very well. You don't have to have an IT degree to understand concepts.

    The narrator did a very good job. I forgot that he wasn't the author simply reading the book himself. He was the perfect narrator for this book.

    Definitely get this book if you want to know how this new and growing technology works and how you can use it.

    I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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  • Kingsley
    Henely Brook, Australia
    13/02/18
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    "Potential and praise for blockchain"

    Blockchain Technology - I Told You So! spends much of it's time telling of the potential of Blockchain, telling us how wonderful it is and how it will revolutionise the world. It tells of a decentralised database of transactions that is hard to trick and has no middle man to trust. But what it doesn't really do is explain exactly what blockchain is and how it achieves any of it's claims on a technical level.

    It isn't until half way through the book that it actually explains what blocks and block chain technically is - each block being a difficult calculation that is based on all the previous blocks. So once this calculation is done it is added to the chain, and the next calculation required uses this one, plus all the previous to calculate. Thus each new block contains a history of all the previous calculations. If you want to prove a transaction or an ownership it exists in the calculation and every subsequent calculation after yours. If you are trying to lie about a transaction you not only have change our calculation, but every single one after yours. An almost impossible task. In this way blockchain builds a record of transactions that is unimpeachable. Yet even when the book eventually explains blocks and block chains I don't feel it actually explained this well or succinctly.

    It talks about things 'get pout on the blockchain' without explaining what this means, and by the end it felt equivalent to someone saying 'it's on the cloud' without understanding what that actually means in terms of technology. The author more than likely does, but separated from at least a bit of technical explanation it starts to feel buzz-wordy. It is also repetitive in it's claims, as if trying to hammer home the benefits through saying them over and over.

    Every time it get's close to a technical explanation it backs away from it, returning to more salesman like polish of what it can do for you, and that you should trust it, without really explaining how.

    The book does a great job of selling blockchains' potential and future impacts, but I wish it spent a little more time on grounding that potential on a firm basis.

    Narration by Andrew B. Wehrlen is good. The book doesn't give him a lot of work with, being a short non fiction book without any characters or people involve, so he doesn't get to show much variation in his narration. He is however clear and well paced, with a strong voice. Would happily listen to narration by him again.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carlos Armendia
    10/02/18
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    "Very informative book"

    Great informative book. Great performer. Tells you how to invest in crypto, what is crypto and blockchain. Advantages. Risks. Tells you about Eth, Btc and Xrp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quella
    Boston, MA USA
    07/02/18
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    "If you want to know what it is, here is the book"

    "Blockchain Technology - I Told You So!" by Thomas Joseph Bernstein is a high-level dive into the under-pinning architecture of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency; the blockchain. The audiobook is rather short at only one hour and forty minutes, yet it provides a decent level of information for its length into what the blockchain is and what some of its future uses might be. Andrew B. Wehrlen does an exceptional job with the book's audio narration and I highly recommend any of his science fiction books; if you enjoy his voice. As stated by the author, and many others who have studied this technology, the blockchain is as exciting, revolutionary and innovative as the Internet was to most of us back in the early 1990s. This rather small amount of code built into the Bitcoin protocol, needed to solve a long-term issue with digital assets, will be a foundational component of our digital transactional world. The technology is still in its infancy, but even here is has some big potential. If you are interested in some of the other ways blockchain technology may be leveraged, I think you will find this book informative. It does not go into great detail, and I would have liked more, but for someone who wants a quick primer along with potential uses, pick up this book and give it a listen.

    If you are looking for a book covering Bitcoin and its use this book does not provide it. Instead, it focuses on Bitcoin's core system called the blockchain. I want to say that I thought the author did an excellent job with the various analogies he uses throughout the book to describe terms his audience may not be knowledgeable of. He spent time ensuring that not only the newcomer to the technology would be engaged by the book, but even those who may have a deeper understanding would be as well. When you strip away many of the layers, I think the author does a good job of describing the blockchain as a decentralized and distributed network using peer-to-peer to communicate with its users. As the book states, the idea of trust shifts from a "trusted third-party", such as a bank, to a trusted party where the technology itself sets the boundaries and rules. All of this of course is also verified and protected using strong trusted cryptographic hashing algorithms. Although the blockchain was developed to keep a secure distributed transactional ledger (sending or receiving) of Bitcoins, what the blockchain allows is for nearly any digital asset to be secured in this same way. We saw this earlier on the Ethereum blockchain where people could buy, trade, and pair up digital cryptographic kitties. Yes, you can use the blockchain to track digital kitties, you heard me correctly.

    Although the blockchain can be used for gaming, there are so many other real-world examples the author provides in this short audiobook. Anything from physical tracking of collectables such as baseball cards to real estate transactions. Nearly anything that can be written down in a ledger and used to validate one's ownership has the potential of being done using blockchain technology. Core to its protocol, the blockchain distributes this record to systems that maintain a copy and continue to validate or confirm new or previous transaction in the ledger. Here again, the author gets to the heart of the blockchain by reiterating that this solution is not dependent on a third-party authority to maintain the ledger or record. This is all done by those who are participating in the system itself. Many of the uses or potential of the blockchain are still being worked out by both commercial and non-commercial entities.

    I found the book to be well up-to-date compared to other books on the subject. In a rapidly changing technology such as the blockchain, this is often hard to maintain in nearly any medium. The author also spent a fair amount of time discussing "smart contracts" which is one of the main areas people see the technology impacting the most; next to commodities or currencies. With blockchain technology used for contracts, it is no longer required to have a third-party witness or hold the contract on behalf of the contract members. Now, two or more people would be able to enter into a contract and push the hashed details to the blockchain and a public ledger would be stored sealing the contract by the party members. That is a very powerful and through provoking ideas and what make this technology so powerful. What is even more interesting is that the blockchain can be used for both tangible (physical) and intangible (digital) use-cases. There has been recent discussion of this technology being used to track the music one owns or has purchased instead of relying on Apple or Google (for example) to hold a record of this information on your behalf.

    Lastly, I thought the author did a good job of having a chapter covering the limitations and challenges of the blockchain. Today the use of this word or technology is being thrown around as if it is a cure for cancer or can tie your shoes for you. Many companies who have said they will adopt the blockchain have seen their stock prices rise thousands of percent simply putting it in a press release; only to have it fall again after the hype. The technology is not a silver-bullet and I think it does it a disservice when people try to leverage it in a place it does not belong. If your idea does not support a leger-based system, the blockchain may not be a solution for you.

    The book's audio was professionally produced by Andrew B. Wehrlen, who at the time of this review has seventy books narrated on Audible. Although this is a non-fiction book, Mr. Wehrlen give it life and keeps what could be a very academic subject interesting and engaging. I do not recall any issues with the audio, and the volume was consistent. As I stated earlier, if you like his voice here, make sure you have a listen to some of his other titles.

    In summary, if you want to know the many different uses for blockchain technology from a high-level this may be the book for you. If you are hoping to get a deeper dive or a very technical overview of the blockchain, I would say this is not the book for you. The author takes a rather complex and nebulas technology and provides some great insight into how it is used today and what the future may hold. It is a quick listen and quite informative. If you want to be able to talk intelligently about the subject, I would recommend you pick up the book.

    Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eula Schultz
    06/02/18
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    "quick guide"

    Quick, informative, and very accessible. If you've seen Blockchain and Bitcoin references popping up everywhere, or have an idea how they work but want a clearer , this is the book to get. Parent-friendly too if you have curious family members!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Hampton
    06/02/18
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    "good level of detail"

    Good level of detail. The author elaborates very well the impacts of blockchain in to the present and future society. Moreover give us a great and very clear view about the Institutional Revolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hank tom
    06/02/18
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    "great book"

    Great book! A nice uncomplicated explanation of the blockchain system, and how it will you and the world of money forever. If you have your doubts, get this bundle and everything will be clear as day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scottie Beaver
    06/02/18
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    "this book is for you"

    This is the book to listen if you want to understand where Ether comes from, who makes it and how. Once we understand this we can look more into mining and understand how the blockchain is maintained and relates to the future of Ethereum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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