Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9780307878892 $35.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9780307878908 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2012
CD ISBN 9780307878915 $35.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9780307878922 $66.50
This optimistic book explains how open-source software and hardware, coupled with the Internet, are remaking manufacturing. Rene Ruiz delivers a rock-solid narration, but the book encourages the mind to wander. It starts with a description of the author's grandfather's lawn-sprinkler invention, moves into a discussion about 3-D printers and the amazing things they can do, and eventually moves on to robotic manufacturing and profiles of individual "Maker" firms and entrepreneurs. Ruiz's narration, fine as it is, cannot disguise the padding--there's a lot to recommend this book, but there's filler, too. Listeners may choose to skip parts for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with Ruiz's performance. G.S.D. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2012]
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