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.
Inspired by the good things in life
The story clears a lot of things up, and leaves other things out. Probably stuff I don't need to know about anyways. The story and vision of Mark Zuckerberg is eloquently conveyed by David Kirkpatrick. It was an inspiring story for a peer developer and businessman. Didn't care so much for some of the language, but I guess that is how the story needs to be told sometimes.
This is by far one of the best books I have "listened to" in a long time. I have been fascinated with facebook since seeing the movie (which I also recommend). David did an awesome job getting the inside scoop on the company from inception to 500 million members. While its true that none of us will most likely ever achieve what Mark did with Facebook, there is much inspiration in this book whether you run a hot dog stand or a fortune 500 company.
Thanks for all your hard work David!
This is a great book and David Kirkpatrick did a great job of writing it, bringing more nuance and depth to the topic than Ben Mezrich's more popular rendition.
I usually love author-read material; authors know the nuances of their prose better than anyone else, and hearing the text read as it was intended is nearly always a treat.
Not here however; David Kirkpatrick certainly has a nice voice and a good rhythm, but he needs to hone his voice-over skills before re-attempting such a project. Constant sighing, muffled yawns, despondent tones, and strange noises -- perhaps drinking water, but so noisy at some points that he might as well be having lunch -- make the listening experience tedious at best, and a very deep unsustainable bore at worst.
This is not the worst reading I have ever heard (I think the other reviewers overstated the case), but it is certainly well below average, and bordering on the entirely unacceptable. Instead of adding to the prose, the author is taking away from it: not a first either, but certainly not something to celebrate.
The book is absolutely fascinating story of the facebook development and success. The author is absolutely amazingly describes the atmosphere, the chronology, the details and the thoughts around creation the facebook. Author helps understand the reasons and the thought process behind facebook success.
1) Always be wary when the author decides to read his own book. That's why we have voice actors.
2) Obsequious: it almost sounds like Facebook commissioned this book.
Not balanced. Comes dangerously close to being nothing more then a promo piece.
An interesting read but if your read accidental billionaires (not balanced either) you will see what i mean.
Hopefully Sorkin's work is of higher calibur.
It is not often you get to listen to an authorized account of the beginnings of a company that is this candid. Mark Zuckerberg and his inner circle and their journey to what has become Facebook was fascinating. Anyone looking to start their own technology company should put this on their must listen list. Entrepreneurs will really like this too and the rest of you will find the characters in the book interesting to the point it reads at times like a good novel. This is a great listen!