Overall this book captured what Google had been up to until 2010 (which at the rate of growing technology means is somewhat outdated). It was told in an interesting way as both an insider and outsider. No doubt Google had some influence on what the finished product looked like, but that does not mean that everyone comes out looking like angels. If you are looking for both a historical and somewhat modern understanding of Google, this is a solid read.
I found the more recent history interesting and I did learn a lot about search history - definitely worth the read.
The first half was too detailed in the technical aspect of how they developed the algorithms and it got too technical for me - great for tech geek types though.
It was a little dry but okay.
If you get past the technical portion the rest is pretty good.
I wasn't expecting that the book would keep me entertained throughout. It did.
I enjoyed the stories describing the creation, grand projects, and growing challenges of Google.
I work in the woods and do a lot of driving. So I'm a higher than average consumer of audio literature. I'm amazed at these narrators.
The China part was too long. Must have been interesting to the author. Editor must be too nice to be honest. If i ever hear the term 'Googley' again I'll jump off a bridge. To me, an abridged version would be better.
Such a great book on one of the greatest companies ever dreamed of. Levy does a great job of developing the founders and their many quirks.
I could be biased because I am truly fascinated by Google and it's early employees, now all household names. This book is well researched and well written and well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator's voice blends with the authors, perfectly. The POV is vaguely favorable, but that meshed with my own perception of this company and its founders. For the most part I found it unbiased and well-founded.
Such a wonderful glimpse into the early beginnings of tech stars of the silicon valley. They are all my favorite characters.
Not that sort of book.
A fan of science, technology, history, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction.
Pull up a ball. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this googly story about the quirky history of Google and the people behind its making. It's a fun story.
This book ranks among the top ranks.
The Innovators. Because they are both about computers, programming, and the key people who played a role in advancing the science.
No. It was real easy to follow and understand his reading.
For the most part. It was interesting, well written, and kept me listening for hours. I finished it in two days.
The innovation and moral compass of this company make it a favoured company to do business with.
There is some solid info about Googles history but much it book reads like a brochure extolling the virtues of Google for investors or new hires. They are the shinning example of all that is virtuous, brilliant and altruistic. Google is the Camelot of Silicon Valley and they all create rainbows and shit gold wherever the creators go. I really don't want to seem too cynical but this over the top non stop praise just reeks. The Jobs biography cut both ways and let us in on his virtues and flaws. My opinion of Levy has changed after hearing this book. I can't help but wonder how much bias goes into it.