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Author: Andrew Blum Narrator: Andrew Blum Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780062189592
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“Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound….You will never open an email in quite the same way again.”
—Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of Traffic

In Tubes, Andrew Blum, a correspondent at Wired magazine, takes us on an engaging, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, Tubes is to the early twenty-first century what Soul of a New Machine—Tracy Kidder’s classic story of the creation of a new computer—was to the late twentieth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Urban | 2/17/2014

    " An ambitious attempt to find out where the internet lives. As a network engineer I found it a tad boring at first, but pretty soon it shifted from naive curiosity to a tour of the largest internet exchanges, datacenters, NANOG meetings and more, all of it described in layman's terms and spiced with some great analogies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerard | 2/12/2014

    " A really promising book in its notion of situating the virtual in the physical world...ultimately fails to deliver on this promise by overloading its narrative with geek histrivia. Better to leave all the should-be-famous network engineers out of the story and concentrate on the map that's getting drawn... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 julia | 2/10/2014

    " I had more difficulty getting through this book than expected. There were parts that were fascinating and made me want to get to Amsterdam and Cornwall as soon as possible, and then there were parts that I slogged through. Kind of like the internet, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tad | 2/3/2014

    " Like many people, I don't think too much about the physical infrastructure of the Internet, so this book was enlightening in that aspect. I am glad it was relatively short - just long enough to get the needed details. If you aren't into technical details, you might be bored in places, but you can let some of those details wash over you and focus on the personalities and philosophizing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/1/2014

    " Fun read. Enough hardware/infrastructure details for a geek to appreciate without being too dry. As other reviewers have noted it does come across as a bit too philosophizing - but in my opinion, it did not detract from the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/15/2014

    " Very well-written and lucid. Blum was careful to document his journey in great detail, which in retrospect was his objective. I was disappointed that the book was not more informative - I feel like I received only a very cursory glance at the subject matter. Easily readable, but I wish it had been a bit more difficult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/10/2014

    " Great insight into the inner workings of the internet. Being a technical person myself I really found this book intersting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Superfluous | 1/8/2014

    " A premise that sounds so promising, yet somewhat undermined by the essential dullness of Internet infrastructure. The Trans-Continental Railroad it is not. My full review is available here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rogergsells | 12/20/2013

    " The journey took to many detours "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 11/13/2013

    " Interesting information is mixed in with meandering prose. Is the book supposed to inform, or is it an entry in a literary competition? I found myself finishing it just because I started it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arianna | 10/25/2013

    " I'm really glad I know a bit more about where my data goes when it leaves my computer (or phone, or tablet, etc.). I don't think I will ever look at sending an email or visiting a website the same way again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 5/12/2013

    " Could've been a great longform article, but was a book instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/3/2013

    " An interesting, well-written. well-edited (a rarity these days) book, with much interesting information, though perhaps a little light on the facts and more oriented to the author's impressions and vignettes of the physical aspects of the internet. Recommended for a fun, quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 2/11/2013

    " The factual information was interesting, but the non stop poetic waxing about the physical geography of the internet got really old really quickly. I pretty much vowed I would not read any more articles this guy ever wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/9/2012

    " Fun easy read. Learned some things but it felt padded, like a great magazine article gone wrong. Did make me fondly remember Neal Stephenson's wired article about Flag so that's a plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 5/30/2012

    " Loved it. I had a good idea of what the internet looks like, but never really thought about where it is. Tubes is a good story about both. "

About the Author

Andrew Blum’s writings about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel have appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolis, where he is a contributing editor; Wired; Newsweek; the Wall Street Journal; the New Yorker; the New York Times; Vanity Fair; BusinessWeek; Slate; and Popular Science. He lives in New York City.