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!
Loved listening to the whole book. Very detailed, coveres every step of the Facebook comapny story and especially interesting are the details on growth strategies. I belive that every business person needs to read or hear it.
This audiobook provides a fascinating and a detailed history of Facebook, discussions of its technology, and examples of how this communications media has engaged a global audience. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to learn about Facebook.
While I am still not sold on the ethics of Mark Zuckerberg, the story is entertaining, enlightening, and well delivered. It gives some nice insight as to why some things happened the way they did, how they unfolded, and some rationale behind some of the events.
This is in many ways the inside story of facebook, told not by the challengers but by the victors in the struggle. It is very pro Zuckerberg and pro Facebook. I'm not sure which story is the most truthful, I'm sure people like Saverin have a bit of truth on their side too, but it is still a story I recommend listening to.
Quite enjoyable, both in content and presentation.