Summary

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 20th century.
©2011 Tracy Kidder (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ash on 01-09-17

An interesting glimpse into a wonderful era...

Whilst I found the book a bit rambling at first, it does get going and builds into an interesting story. That said, it's definitely for the technically oriented reader, I loved the detail it went into with the debugging but my wife overheard some and could barely believe anyone would listen to this voluntarily!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Delberta on 13-01-17

Fascinating!

A few years old now, it is still absorbing and intriguing to follow the triumphs and travails of creating a new computer!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-07-18

Entertaining listen

This was a really interesting book to listen to. It's old, but didn't feel irrelevant. The author did a great job of taking something very technical (the design of a new micro computer) and weaving it into a story.
I enjoyed getting a view into the world of computer hardware.
The narrator did a great job and kept me interested and held my attention.

If you're at all interested in technology or computers, this should be on your reading list.

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