This is such an interesting and timely story about something that has changed the world. But the writing is so gratuitous it interferes with hte storytelling. For example, the author's way of identifying two charaters as identical twins..."they were the product of a single fertilized ovum that divided in two like the pages of a book."
The story drags needlessly due to these metaphors and many repeated facts.
Still, worth the read.
One of those rare cases where the movie was better than the book. The book leaves you with the same impression though - Mark Zuckerburg is a bit of a jerk. And Sean Parker is a first class moocher. Whether these are completely accurate in real life, I can't say. I am sure Parker provided more value than one might think from the story (book or movie) and I am sure that, from Zuckerburg's perspective, there is another side of the story. Good book. I would like to read/listen to another book on the early days of Facebook to see if the portrayals of these two are consistent.
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.
Author,(I use that term loosely),and narrator,(a breathless,totally inappropriate,Jason Bourne-type read), should be taken to the woodshed.
The information related in this book was very interesting. If it's actually 100 percent accurate it would make me want to close my facebook account.
It was extremely over dramatized at times and some of the "filler" details were way over the top and unnecessary.
But it was a very interesting read and if you have a facebook account I would definitely recommend it.