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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Frauenfelder Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187812
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From his unique vantage point as editor in chief of Make magazine, the hub of the newly invigorated do-it-yourself (DIY) movement, Mark Frauenfelder takes listeners on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of DIY. The Internet has brought together large communities of people who share ideas, tips, and blueprints for making everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to pedal-powered iPhone chargers to an automatic cat feeder jury-rigged from a VCR. DIY is a direct reflection of our basic human desire to invent and improve, long suppressed by the availability of cheap, mass-produced products that have drowned us in bland convenience and cultivated our most wasteful habits. Frauenfelder spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects, such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering a path that was simple, direct, and clear. Working with their hands and minds helped them feel more engaged with the world around them. Frauenfelder reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating "alpha makers" leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights. Beginning his journey with hands as smooth as those of a typical geek, Frauenfelder offers a unique perspective on how earning a few calluses can be far more rewarding and satisfying than another trip to the mall. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A utilitarian motivational booster for DIYers. Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan Parker | 2/16/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book if only to get a better sense of the guy behind Boing Boing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I feel very attuned to Mark when it comes to his DIY approaches and have been tracing my own path through projects searching for a similar kind of meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 2/15/2014

    " More than anything else, this book made me want to check out MADE magazine, which is edited by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Moroff | 2/11/2014

    " I really loved this book. This book covers the concepts of DIY (Do it yourself) which interests me a lot. A lot of DIY projects include living off yourself. This means growing your own food from gardens, or keeping chickens to produce your own eggs. This also means instead of going out to lows or another home improvment store, you can build you're own chicken coupes, or garages, or any type of structure. It also can include the ability to macgyver devices. All of these are covered in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Berkman | 1/30/2014

    " In the prologue, Frauenfelder documents his attempt to physically get away to a simpler life, but realizes that changes in his lifestyle might be a better path to simplicity. In this book, he documents how a DIY mentality, from making espresso to raising chicken (and children) can add meaning to life in unexpected ways. Frauenfelder is the editor in chief of Make magazine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thamar | 1/30/2014

    " Fun and a source of inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Joyner | 1/25/2014

    " I sincerely hope that some of the stories told in this book are exaggerated in the way most of my "laugh at my mistake" stories are inflated and the California view-point is a bit of a drag - hence the 4 stars rather than 5. But this is an excellently written tale of one man's attempt to live a slower life in a disposable culture - something I think many of us want to do these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Baker | 1/18/2014

    " Great book that describes the "coolness" or yearning that comes with building your own things and the DIY movement. The concepts espoused in this book are why I decided to build beds for my kids for Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 12/21/2013

    " I read this book a long time ago but apparently forgot to review it. The opening of this book was full of promise and got me excited for what was to follow, but it never quite sustained that initial excitement. Good, not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Lemire | 11/7/2013

    " Inspiring book. Could have used better editing: author goes back and forth in time which is confusing. Sometimes funny. No silly advice or dogma, just personal account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 9/16/2013

    " You won't learn a whole lot about how to do the DIY projects Mark Frauenfelder undertakes, but you will get a spirited memoir and a little argument for why we need more DIY projects in our lives. Frauenfelder definitely has me thinking seriously about beekeeping. Definitely worth a look. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 9/10/2013

    " Nice. He's very free about sharing -- and positive about the value of -- his mistakes, which keeps the book from being too boosterish. But still: OMG California. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinette | 5/20/2013

    " I picked this up at the library for my husband to read and then read it, too. It's less a how-to-book of DIY projects and more an inspirational look at the whys and hows of what Frauenfelder calls the "DIY Movement". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 10/16/2012

    " The author set out to write a book about becoming more of a do-it-yourselfer. The writing is fine, but the actual do-it-yourselfing was a little underwhelming and disjointed (chicken coop, beehive, cigar box dulcimer). There's probably just not enough there to make a book out of. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 10/9/2012

    " This book had less storytelling than I was expecting. I put it down to read a book club selection and haven't found a reason to pick it back up. It goes back to the library on Monday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Violet | 8/28/2011

    " A good book with quite a bit of inspiration, delving into the world of "make it yourself / do it yourself". This isn't a how-to book, though there are a few tips included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 andy | 5/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed this. I want to raise chickens and build things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Violet | 5/10/2011

    " A good book with quite a bit of inspiration, delving into the world of "make it yourself / do it yourself". This isn't a how-to book, though there are a few tips included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/22/2011

    " Fascinating look into DIY culture. Frauenfelder can get caught up in the personal details of those he interacts with, but his ultimate message rings clear that the effort we put into projects helps us re-focus on things we might ignore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/21/2011

    " I found Mark Frauenfelder through Boing Boing and heard some interviews for this book on the TWiT network. It is a great book to inspire you to live your life a little more real, especially for those of us who live life on the computer. Now if only my subdivision would let me raise some chickens! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 3/31/2011

    " Not a how-to instructional book, but perhaps a how-to live book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/25/2011

    " I have always been a Mcgyver kind of guy. This is great reinforcement for me. Cool ideas to try out. Raising chickens in a condo. Hmmm? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/22/2011

    " Great book for technology loving dudes on a search to fill other aspects of their being. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 2/10/2011

    " I've already forgotten most of this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 2/7/2011

    " I read this book a long time ago but apparently forgot to review it. The opening of this book was full of promise and got me excited for what was to follow, but it never quite sustained that initial excitement. Good, not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/22/2011

    " Sorry, Mr. Frauenfelder, I admire your cigar-box guitar, but your book still makes you seem like kind of a douche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 1/4/2011

    " I had been looking forward to this book. It was a fun read, quick and informative. It was kinda lame that so many of his projects seemed to involve a step one of paying a bunch of money, but there was still some great stuff. It was really empowering that he as so honest about his own mistakes. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. He is the editor-in-chief of Make magazine, cofounder of Boing Boing magazine, and coeditor of The Happy Mutant Handbook.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.