How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone Audiobook, by Brian McCullough Play Audiobook Sample

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone Audiobook

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone Audiobook, by Brian McCullough Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Timothy Andrés Pabon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781982573652

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Longest Chapter Length:

73:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05:24 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

42:35 minutes

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Publisher Description

Tech guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything.

The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first “dotcom.”

Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape’s Marc Andreessen and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the internet’s rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.

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“Tech enthusiasts and students of business, marketing, and ecommerce will benefit from the detailed chronicling of the early Internet days. Readers will delight in being reminded of long-forgotten platforms and in understanding how Internet evangelists, Wall Street, and the moneyed elite have shaped our online lives.”

— Library Journal (starred review) 


  • “In his story, the internet didn’t happen only because of wizardly coding and cheaper computers. It also happened because of serendipity, failure, friendships, and blood feuds…Such historical tidbits help us see that today’s tech titans didn’t arrive on the scene as superhuman.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “[A] lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology…[that] chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time.”

    — BookRiot
  • “A tasty, educational treat for tech heads and other web denizens.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “An entertaining and informative technological history which computer geeks and readers interested in everything from sociology to business and media will relish.”

    — Booklist
  • “Narrator Timothy Andrés Pabon’s voice provides a sense of wonder and enthusiasm, which capture the overwhelmingly sunny tone of McCullough’s prose.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Brian McCullough vividly recounts the brilliant hunches, happy accidents, and fortuitous timing that converged to create the first twenty-five years of the internet era.”

    — Chris Anderson, owner of TED
  • “A fast-paced and enjoyable perspective on our lives, as well as a compelling exploration for how humanity and computers came together in profound ways.”

    — Richard Munson, author of Tesla
  • “Destined to become the definitive text on how the web became big business―and came to dominate every facet of our lives.”

    — Brian Merchant, author of The One Device


  • An bestseller
  • A Library Journal Best Books of the Year selection
  • A BookRiot Pick of Must-Read Books about Tech and Startup Culture 

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About Brian McCullough

Brian McCullough is a two-decade veteran of the internet industry and the founder of various web-based startups. Host of the Internet History Podcast, he was named a 2016 TED Resident. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About Timothy Andrés Pabon

Timothy Andrés Pabon is an English- and Spanish-speaking voice-over artist who has worked extensively in advertising and audiobook narration. He has had acting roles on House of Cards and has also been a costar on HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire opposite country music legend Steve Earl. As a stage actor, he has worked off-Broadway at the June Havoc Theatre, and his regional credits include Center Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, the Hippodrome, Olney Theatre, Rep Stage, and GALA Hispanic Theatre.