Great reader and compelling story that has increased my admiration and respect for the Google founders. It does get a bit technical which made me love it but may be a bit much for some so that's why I gave it 4 instead of a perfect 5 stars.
Nice flow and new information was presented well
The early years at Stanford
Very well done
I think this book does a great job teaching us about how Google thinks as a company and how its founders see the purpose and direction of the company. I also think the book is a very honest look into Google, it exposes many of the rough spots the company has experienced in more detail than many of us know.
I do not like the way the book was written, it does not follow a single timeline but instead chooses to devote each chapter to a different topic and restarting the timeline at the beginning of the topic covered. And because the topics do not begin an end within the same time period I felt confused about when things were happening in relation to each other throughout most of the book.
On the other hand, Steven Levy is an amazing writer with a great voice, each chapter can stand on its own and maybe should have.
The World According to JimG944
I rate 5 of 5 stars to the Audible audio book "Into the Plex" by Steven Levy. The book is a historical look at Google. Levy spent a considerable amount of time on the inside of Google gathering history, legend, lore and tales from the start of Google to the completion of the book. I work in the Silicon Valley and have been keenly aware of Google, but, like most, I'd hear news stories that sounded pretty odd (hence making the news) and not really having a big picture of what they were doing. The news casts give us a few "trees", this book provided the "forest" context for the news-worthy events. This story filled alot of voids in my knowledge of Google. If you are into technology, this book is recommended and very interesting!
I always wondered why everyone thinks Google is such a great company. This book really opened my eyes! What I thought was going to be a dry, boring lecture-type book turned out to be a witty, insightful, and colorful history of two kooky techies and their driving desire to be the best at everything. I enjoyed listening in on the inception and growth of a great company.
The biggest problem I have with the book is that is does not feel like a book. If there is a central theme or thesis... I fail to detect it. Instead, it feels very much like a collection of magazine articles that got put together into a so call book.
To be sure, some of the articles are interesting, but it just feels like a jumble of 'stuff'. And the switch of timeline is just confusing: he will follow a topic into 2010 and then switch topic and we are back at the founding days again.
In the end, if you are not familiar with the tech world, then this may be an interesting read (to a certain extend). But at 20 hours, it just does not have a strong back-story that can capture you attention for that amount of time.
And when I finally finish, I was left wondering is that all? Where is the story?
The narrative it uses to explain step by step where Google comes from, it's vision of helping the world, the paradigm shift it's business model established in the IT market (applying the principles of the Long Tale), it's struggle in the social network arena vs Facebook and book digitalizing with Amazon.
In certain point, when I realized they were becoming the Big Brother of the World, disguised with sheepskin
Missionary NOT mercenary, it is for you to decide
Yes - Anyone who loves Google stuff and technology will love this book.
Great book. Must read if you enjoyed Steve Jobs book and alike. If your into tech and the history of tech, you will love this.
Would take out illogical comments and nonsense about Obamacare. (see additional comments below).
Larry and Sergey.
Easy on the ears.
Those who want to know about Google. (see additional comments below).
I just finished
An insightful and interesting story behind Google. I listened to In the Plex back to back with the Steve Jobs biography, and In the Plex came a distant second. The story is often very dry and lacking in personality, too much of a time-line of events and missing the narrative to hold it all together. Full of facts and figures, and hopefully accurate.