This book book took a very long time to hook me. I almost quit, luckily I hung in there long enough to finish the book. Some where around 2/3 of the way in it becomes addictive. Also it is based on speculative material, so if your in to pure facts look else where.
I am a journalist and editor. I help people write personal, persuasive essays. It's fun work!
Better writing. Seriously, this is what it is like: We don't know, but we can imagine, that Ben wrote this in a Starbucks while looking out the window at a flower budding up on the sidewalk. Flowers in this neighborhood tend to bud around early spring, making the end of one season and the beginning of another. Perhaps he was thinking about how he was so excited to be writing a book about Facebook. Facebook. The very thing that he was writing about, that so many people were talking about. Facebook. The thing that was the topic of his book. Facebook. The social network that might one day be mentioned by the president of the United States. Facebook. Let that soak in ... like a crack in a sidewalk that is perfect for a flower ... BLAH BLAH BLAHUGH! I couldn't handle it. I wondered if the book would have rich details that the movie glossed over. It was the other way around. The book was padded with imagined scenery and unnecessary dreaminess.
The narrator was perfect for the over-wrought dreaminess of the book. Which is to say he was awful.
The third-person narrator. This is terrible storytelling.
I didn't like this book, it is based on alot of fake imaginary scenes from the author. Desbite saying is a true story, it's based on alot of gossip in my opinion. Unfortunately I don't have the true story nor a recommendation about where to get it. But it's not here. And the cover art is very cheap, screams for attention whole deserving none.
I was expecting more detail in what happened after the lawsuits were filed. A lot time was wasted on describing things that had no overall impact on the outcome.
Here and there.
The book gave a better perspective of Eduardo Saverin and the Winklevoss twins...more so than the Facebook Effect.
I loved the part about punking Sequoia Capital....we need more of that.
You always need that short time to adjust narrators after finishing a book. Never came to me for this one. Mike Chamberlain was boring, and didn't add to it at all. If anything, made it harder to paint the picture in your head.
Good story.. although lacking in credibility. From what I understand Mezrich was very liberal in his fact checking, and midway through the book, it starts to feel very obvious.
I was really looking forward to this book but ended up very frustrated and disappointed. Saying it's needlessly wordy is a gross understatement. When the author actually got around to telling the story and not pontificating about what a room looked like, it was actually not bad. Unfortunately, those "not bad" moments were so rare that it just wasn't worth my while. I actually yelled "SHUT UP!" several times during the reading. Sad.
I have to second what many others have already noted-- this is a poorly written book, offering little insight and surprisingly, very little real reporting. Much of it is written in the style of soft-core porno. Save your money and just see the movie.
The almost sarcastic tone of the reader of this book didn't appeal to me and I found I kept reading but wanted it to be over. Very interesting read but a bit of a let down to find the people behind Facebook are less than inspiring. I wanted to slap them halfway through the book.