This audio book is long (14 plus hours). Even so, it flys by. It's compelling from start to finish. The Facebook Effect has a lot to say about vision, long term planning, passion and energy.
BORING! If you are looking to be entertained, this is not for you. Very informative. If you are the type who is into history or factual types of books like reading the book on someones biography then you may enjoy this one. I gave this high marks because it was great for someone into this kind of book. For me it was boring.
Say something about yourself!
This book provides a good history of the growth of Facebook. But there are several events which are vague in Facebook Effect, but painted in more unflattering detail in The Social Network (taken from Accidental Billionaires).
David should stick to writing and leave the narrating to professionals. It's his own book but sounded like it was putting him to sleep. Did not bring the book to life and he seemed short of oxygen!
I can't say enough about this book and how much I enjoyed reading. A true insight from the very start of Facebook to now.
I was a little slow to choose this book based on some users complaints and now that I am within 30 minutes of finishing I thought I would share my thoughts.
This is a GREAT story. It's about a group of college friends who stumbled into one of the Internet's "killer apps". It's about youth, creativity, entrepreneurship and a philosophical understanding of Facebook. I am in my car a LOT and this made the trips fly by.
With respect to the narrator. I am not sure if many realize it, but this is read by the author. He has a good voice and reads well, but he is not professional voice talent. You definitely hear him taking a breath, occasionally swallowing, lip smacks etc. It is distracting but you get used to it. To skip the entire story because of these minor annoyances would be a mistake.
If you like digital technology and social change I think you will find this book very enjoyable.
I've never reviewed any of my 50+ listens, but I feel compelled to do so for this one simply as a service to those that might be on the fence about purchasing the audio version of this book. The short version of my advice is: "Don't!." David Kirkpatrick's narration does injustice to the book that he has otherwise so carefully crafted. Skip the audio version of this one but DO take the time to sit down and read it.
Let's be clear, this is a business book. This isn't an instructional book about how to use facebook, nor is it a technical jargon-laden book for programmers and aspiring developers.
If you are still interested in a business book about Facebook, then you will love this book. Kirkpatrick gives the history of Facebook according to inside sources and also reviews any third-party publications about the company's origins (and he made a thorough review of all litigation proceedings as well).
Kirkpatrick is obviously a cheerleader of Facebook and Zuckerberg, but he is pretty honest about their weaknesses as well. This is a very straightforward account of significant events in the development of facebook as product as well as facebook as it was being managed. Very insightful about the youth at the company and how it both helped and hindered the Company's progress.
The book is well-organized and if you don't care about Facebook's litigation, you can skip the chapter, as well as management, product development, and financing. I really understand a lot about the company's inner-workings now and I appreciate this carefully written book. I couldn't put it down.
Great narration too.
I really enjoyed the exclusive interview Kirkpatrick gave at the end of the audible.com version, even though I was annoyed at how shameless Zuckerberg's sister was when she interviewed Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick's part of the interview was awesome though.
Criticism: Kirkpatrick didn't deal with the original Facebook lawsuits which were settled with competitors to my satisfaction. Kirkpatrick also didn't delve as deep into alleged privacy violations or directly deal respond to some of Ben Mezrich's obvious dramatizations of the scandals that took place. The reader is forced to believe Mezrich's account on some scandals.
I have been using Facebook for a while and picked up Kirkpatrick's book to understand the phenomenon. This book traces the foundation and development of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg and his friends. It takes the story through (about) February of 2010.
From my perspective this book offers more insight than Mazrich's "The Accidental Billionaires" and is particularly interesting in the audio version. This book will be of interest - perhaps - to those who use Facebook, those who are interested in what Facebook is "all about", and those who want to understand what the technology potentially means to societies around the world. Students of entreptreneurship will benefit from the blow-by-blow telling of how the company got off the ground and matured into its present form. The narrative is very good and Kirkpatrick aptly reads his own book - a plus.
If you have an interest in FB or related topics this book is well worth your time.
The book was very interesting. I was surprised at how much had happened since facebook was started that I didn't know about. The book was a bit long, though. I started to lose interest at about 12 hours into it. I'm curious, though, if David Kirkpatrick's inside knowledge skewed his perception of Facebook to the more positive, though nothing in the book seemed overly sugar-coated to me.