This is an excellent book, and one well worth reading. That being said, why oh why the author chose to read this himself is BEYOND me. His constant swallowing, smacking, and what I can only describe as stomach growls went a LONG way to ruining this reading. His voice is not bad, but its like there was no post production on the performance.
Again, I say this only because I am so frustrated that this is actually a great book - and it is ruined by the reading.
SOLUTION: My trick - download the compressed version, and make sure your AC is on when listening in your car. Sure, it's not crystal clear, but when the narrator is making sounds like this, it goes a long way to masking the subtle throat noises and lets you actually enjoy the book.
In short, great book - it's a shame that the reading of it gets in the way...
If you are a Facebook user, you will certainly like this one. It clarifies the movie, The Social Network. Good insight into the company. The narrator is definitely not a professional. You can hear him breathing.
I have a growing appreciation for professional narrators. David does a reasonable job articulating the words and using good tone of voice, but he reads very slowly and occasionally had way too much saliva in his mouth which is distracting. If you turn the volume way down though, it fades more into the background. The story is great though and the book is well written. If you're a fan of startup stories, this is a good one.
I found David Kirkpatrick's story approach interesting, the material seemed very well researched and presented in a balanced approach. I have followed the Facebook story for many years and enjoyed the factual recap of the story.
I agree with the other comments about the performance (narration). It should have been narrated professionally. The mouth noises, saliva slurping and breathing were very distracting and gross.
The author tells the whole story of Facebook, from the very beginning to the time the site became a web giant, from his perspective. Kirckpatrick seemed (pretends to be?) very close to some facebook figues, that guarantees some interesting insights, on the other side you might be right to assume that he's not the most objective person to be found to tell the story. But that's ok if you know it. You definitely might think different on the one or other thing you experienced in your "facebook life" (new features, change of privacy settings etc.) after having heard this book.
The author - well - is not the best narrator. Many times you just can hear how dry his mouth was from reading. But - if you're willing to - you easily can comp with that and enjoy the story because it's really interesting. Also recommend to watch the movie by David Finchers (again) after you finished the book.
The book is fine but the air-gulping and what sounds like lip-licking is very distracting. The author is reading his own work but should have been discouraged from this. I don't write many reviews but I find myself counting the distractions to the detriment of the book.
A real insight into the young smart mind of the Facebook founder and the incredible of fortuitous events that created this phenomenom. One of those stories that would seem too amazing if it were not true, an engaging read and a relatively even handed approach on the issues and challenges the company and people faced and how they battled them
This book is great as it gives you insights on $$$ of facebook. I love the facts on the dollar evaluations throughout the several stages on the company. The author did his research as the book goes in great details about Mark Z. and his character as well as his homies.
I love the way the content is arranged. As I was almost done listening for a day, it made me want to listen more. I couldn't stop. Very good book. Highly recommend it as it is very important for us to know where we are giving out our private information on the web. You reveal so much in facebook that you have no idea. It's scary that facebook has so much data on our behavior and lives.
Listen to this book!!!!
This is why authors should not read their own material unless it is an Autobiography. The splendid material of this book is taken out of focus very frequently by the authors less then compelling and some times horrible performance. The performance feels like a book report being read in an 8th grade classroom. I apologize to the author for the harsh criticism but he is doing his original words a disservice. I rated this title a 3 and if not for the narration by the author, it easily would have been four stars for me.