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  • The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains

  • An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology That Powers Them
  • Written by: Antony Lewis
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Learn the history and basics of cryptocurrency and blockchains: There’s a lot of information on cryptocurrency and blockchains out there. But, for the uninitiated, most of this information can be indecipherable. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains aims to provide an accessible guide to this new currency and the revolutionary technology that powers it.

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies: Gain an understanding of a broad spectrum of Bitcoin topics. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains covers topics such as the history of Bitcoin, the Bitcoin blockchain, and Bitcoin buying, selling, and mining. It also answers how payments are made and how transactions are kept secure. Other cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency pricing are examined, answering how one puts a value on cryptocurrencies and digital tokens.

Blockchain technology: Blockchain technology underlies all cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency transactions. But what exactly is a blockchain, how does it work, and why is it important? The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains will answer these questions and more. Learn about notable blockchain platforms, smart contracts, and other important facets of blockchains and their function in the changing cyber-economy.

Things to know before buying cryptocurrencies: The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains offers trustworthy and balanced insights to those interested in Bitcoin investing or investing in other cryptocurrency. Discover the risks and mitigations, learn how to identify scams, and understand cryptocurrency exchanges, digital wallets, and regulations with this audiobook.

Listeners will learn about:

  • Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain technology and how it works
  • The workings of the cryptocurrency market
  • The evolution and potential impacts of Bitcoin and blockchains on global businesses

Dive into the world of cryptocurrency with confidence with this comprehensive introduction.

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

©2018 Antony Lewis (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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  • 24-07-20

useful for laymen

while you would not become an expert on Bitcoins and crypto technology, it is a good starting point for those who have very little finance and programming backgrounds. Well narrated and good examples.

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Good overview - latest status absent

A very good overview of the topic upto June 2018. However, considering the rapidly evolving ecosystem, necessary to have an update, say till June 21 - Maybe a small write-up could be provided, covering the changes from 2018 to 2021. This would enable one to answer the critical questions viz. should one invest in crypto currency? and will blockchains become all-pervasive?

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Great book for history of currencies and how bitcoin works

It’s a great book for history of currencies and knowing how bitcoin works. It is mind blowing! The book loses momentum once the bitcoin story is finished but I guess it serves the purpose for readers/listeners. I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Great insight

I loved the way the book started from very fundamental concepts and then unfolded the blockchain technology. A great balance of technical and non-technical explanations.

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Difficult subject made easy

Very lucid , precise and easy to understand book. Very helpful for beginners. Unbiased. Highly recommended.

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Excellent for understanding money and crypto.

After this book, you will have clear idea of money and crypto currency how it works and all the basic things you need to know before starting investing in crypto.

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A good starting point

It's a good book if you are new to crypto currency and blockchains. It becomes a drag in the latter chapters.

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great intro to crypto currency

very nice overview of crypto components & ecosystem. highly recommended for folks who need to get a primer. I feel so much more informed after listening to this book.

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Good Book

The first portion of the book was quite monotonous, but then it was enjoyable, embarassing ideas about risk management.

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from intro to trading

the book covers everything from introducing what bit coin is? how it works? what sets differenr currencies apart? to how to mine coin and trade them.

I really liked the introduction where various forms of money was explained based on the chronology

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  • Alexander Andro
  • 21-05-21

Author didn't do the whole job.

Author does an excellent job of breaking down everything about Bitcoin and much of cryptocurrency as a whole. in the beginning of the book there's a rather excellent breakdown of the various functions of banks.

however, in this audiobook, we are continually instructed to refer to image 2.1 or image 4.4, it doesn't matter if they're supplied with the PDF or not. It's no longer strictly an audiobook if I keep having to look up resources, which is rather clumsy to do on the audible app to begin with. it might take a paragraph, but it's usually not too difficult to convey the essential points of a pictorial graph or diagram using only regular sentences. this was not done, you're referred to an image, then the author continues with "as you can see, " but I can't, because I'm driving.

Even without looking at the images, you can usually get the gist of what he's trying to convey, but being referred to an image that you're not looking at every few minutes becomes extremely irritating.

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  • Stacey Curtis
  • 20-12-20

Extremely basic and slow-paced.

Perhaps ok for grandpa. I found it to be a bit like a trip to the dentist.

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  • Brittany Douglas
  • 26-05-20

great introduction into block chain technology

I really enjoyed that the author did not overstate the capabilities of block chain technology. This book gives you a solid understanding of the basics.

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  • Michal
  • 15-12-20

Reads like a college textbook

Although the information in this book was relevant to bitcoin, I lost a lot of interest in the text because it was overly complex. It read like an old professor in lecture reading off something you couldn't care for.

I believe this is perhaps better read as a textbook vs an audiobook. The reader would benefit from highlighting and making notes in this kind of book.

The performance could have used a little more enthusiasm, but i suppose that comes with the text.

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  • jmf
  • 28-04-21

the most informative crypto book yet

very educational
well presented
the most informative crypto book of the 9 I have listened to so far

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  • James Hamilton
  • 10-09-21

An Actual Explanation

I only knew a little bit about crypto and the blockchain before this book. It was informational and provided the good, bad, and ugly. It wasn't trying to sell me on crypto just inform me.

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  • M. Moslehpour
  • 08-09-21

well explained

This is a very resourceful listen. it can serve audiences wait text me call background as well as financial background. Sean Pratt is an excellent performer! The best! the book can get a little heavy at times but his performance keeps The Listener interested.

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  • Tim
  • 13-04-21

Best quick way to learn crypto fundamentals

This book in my opinion is the easiest and best way to get to know the fundamentals of crypto currencies and block chains. I listened and red this book multiple times because of how easy it is to follow. I have also issued this book within our investment club for our members to get a grasp of crypto currencies and block chains. Great book!

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  • Rev. Dyved
  • 02-04-21

Good Introduction to Cryptocurrency

I enjoyed listening to the background of money, Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency. Also the lessons on blockchains and the vast inner workings of this technology. There is a whole lot to grasp and this book was a good head start for those that may be interested in Bitcoin or others. I believe this is not going away or is it just a fad. As of this review, this book is slightly dated, but the concepts are there. I insist that anyone due their own due diligence and again, this is a great start. I would recommend the listen or read.

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  • Ragin Cajun
  • 10-11-21

Great book, not too simple but not too complex!

The narrator was great! The information solid. I thought it might be too simple of book and bore me since I have a good foundation already, but it was very good and valuable. Highly recommend this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-20

A complete guide

Enjoyed how the book starts describing money and how we’ve exchanged value throughout history (areas not discussed enough when talking about cryptocurrency) Learnt some fun facts about the history of money.

Really great explanation on the basics of cryptography sets the scene well to go into the details or bitcoin and blockchains.

As someone relatively familiar with the field I found it useful to clarify and reinforce some key concepts. Also suitable for a complete ‘beginner’

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  • Jiri
  • 09-05-20

Excellent introduction to cryptocurrency side of blockchain

Demystifying intricacies of most popular protocols like Bitcoin Ethereum but also also the economic principles behind crypto in general. Antony also included very interesting historical lessons. Overall really great read that must be in bookshelf for anyone who wants to know.

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  • Sparkly Sal
  • 26-09-21

Not basic enough

I listened to the whole book, which was very well narrated, but understood very little of the technical parts. I am certainly better informed but I could have done with an even more basic guide!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-21

really engaging

what a great listen. beautifully read and well worth the time spent listening to this fantastic offering.

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  • Richard Castledine
  • 20-08-21

Interesting but irritating narrator

The content of the book was excellent however the style of the narrator was not suited to the type of book.

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  • Kamil K.
  • 16-12-21

great introduction to cryptocurrencies

Well narrated, basic concepts explained from the very princle, good easy analogies used. recommended

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  • James Wheaton
  • 14-11-21

Great introduction

This is an excellent, and very accessible, introduction to the subject. recommended if you are curious about this new subject.

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  • Chris Girdwood
  • 11-11-21

Recommend to anyone new to crypto, easy to follow and hugely informative

First audiobook I’ve listened to all the way through, incredibly well structured and presented in this format by Sean Pratt

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  • Jay Man
  • 05-11-21

Great read

Excellently presented…learnt loads…well worth the 5 stars….need to read it again… well worth the cash…

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-21

Too basic, only buy if you really know nothing about Bitcoin

The book is good and it covers the basics.
The issue is that it ONLY cover basic points. If you have watch half dozen videos on youtube about bitcoin, you can skip this book. Good book nonetheless, but too basic.

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  • Jacopo
  • 29-04-22

Thank you Antony Lewis

As a novice the book and the narrative were easy enough to follow.
I will be listening to it again to solidify the info delivered and add personal reflections.

I recommend the book to whom like me have a curiosity on crypto and finance markets

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  • Dipen Khadka
  • 06-08-22

Nice to read, but bit more technical

Overall it's not a bad read. but I really didn't enjoy listening to this audiobook. The content was not strong enough to grab the attention. Listening this audionook once is not enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-21

Loved it

Great education in Crypto. Loved this book from start to finish as it gives you a solid understanding and history of Crypto.

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  • Davidsha
  • 21-05-21

Excellent book for blockchain novices

This is a well-written book for those starting out in blockchain. Good structure to the book, working up from the basics of money to examples of cryptos. Avoids aggrandising crypto as many blockchain books do. Narrated in an entertaining fashion.

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  • Ryan
  • 16-05-21

Realy engaging read for some difficult material

The material in the book (understandably and expectedly) is very dense for someone new to the topic, however the writing and performance both make it as clear, accessible and engaging as possible. I was disappointed to finish it so quickly as I enjoyed it so much.