Monday, June 26, 2017

THE ONE DEVICE by Brian Merchant


We know the iPhone as the device that transformed our world, changing everything from how we talk to each other and do business, to how we exercise, travel, shop, and watch TV. But packed within its slim profile is the fascinating, untold story of scientific, technological, and business breakthroughs—global in scope, sometimes centuries in the making, and coming from vastly different disciplines—that enabled Apple to create the most profitable product in history. For all the time we spend swiping, tapping, and staring at iPhones, you think there would be few things we didn’t know about these gadgets. But think again. The One Device is a Magic School Bus trip inside the iPhone—traveling into its guts, peeling back its layers, and launching explorations that take us to the driest place on earth and a Mongolian lake of toxic sludge, down the Silk Road, into 19th century photography, and all the way back to Cupertino, California, where members of the original design team reflect on the earth-shattering work they did. As multifaceted as the invention it follows, The One Device is a roving, wide-lens approach to tech history that engages the imagination as it explores the marvel of engineering that millions of us use each day. The big audiobook subtitled The Secret History of the iPhone, and is narrated with sustained engagement and interest by Tristan Morris.

Regarding THE WINDFALL by Diksha Basu, narrator Soneela Nankani tells us, “I truly enjoyed narrating The Windfall. It’s certainly one of the audiobooks I’m most proud of. The book really spoke to me as a story about the challenges of identity, transformation, duty and desire. And at the same time there is so much humor in it! Diksha Basu does an incredible job of balancing the two. In terms of how I work on character voices – I generally get a very clear image of the characters as I read. What makes them unique, what makes them tick. And I create voices from there. In this particular book there are a lot of characters! So I was very lucky to be working with a fantastic director, Paula Parker, who helped me find even greater specificity with which to imbue and distinguish the characters.”

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