I loved this book. It is beyond relavent, it is the future and explains the world of search, maps and so much more that we take for granted. I was amazed and thought I knew something about the internet.
Fantastic research by Steven Levy and great narration by L.J. Ganser. Could not stop listening until done.
Sounds like they dragged someone out pf the 50's to narrate this one. Really took away from the experience. Maybe better to try the print edition IMO.
Not a mainstream reader.
In the Ples (Google) book is not a thrilling book, like a novel, but more like a information book about Google. The first half of the book is pretty dull. How Google got started, the founders, etc. It made me want to go to sleep for the first 5-6 hours because there has been so much coverage on this already, that the book is more like a re run of the same story. It doesn't gets interesting until after the background noise.
The book does a good job at going over each products that Google has to offer and how they manifested in what they have now like, Google 411 for voice recognition, maps, gmail and so on. The most interesting parts in the book is Google's relation to China and how they kept their principles. Also, the infrastructure on their server farms, how server farms works and redundant backups by using sub par disk drives and other cut backs, but because of their engineering and programming, cutting corners actually made the server farms run more efficiently from others. .
I've also read "What would Google do" by Jeff Jarvis and other books on this topic, but they are all commentaries and personal opinions.
Almost 20 hours for "In The Plex" is justify because of its content and level of detail and explanation and the hard facts.
I hope the author will write another issue of this book in 10 years on what else Google achieve and fail to do.
Google is just tweaking the wheel to roll faster.
An excellent portrait of our modern business world. The internet has opened the door and given opportunities to the young and intelligent ambitions of this world.
An entertaining rendition, written in almost a collegiate style their was a little too much of "were the misunderstood good guys".
Google is the third half of the many peoples minds and its efficacy and ease is almost like an opium. It posses the questions of responsibility in the competitive arena but does not paint the picture of the continuing social shift.
All the same very entertaining
The author seemed really have deep knowledge about Google. But I can clearly see his bias on Google - he really likes Google. The narrator was perfect, he surely sounded interested in what the book is about and passionate. As far as you don't take it word for word from the author, this book is an excellent book to know better about what Google is and where it is going.
This book was a very thorough look into all of Google's products from a social, historical and technological perspective. I'm a big user of Google products, and I learned a lot from this book that helped me understand Google's purpose and trajectory even better than before. I love Steven Levy's writing, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in the behemoth that is Google. My only caveat would be that if you're not a technically oriented person, that some of the material might be over your head.
Maybe it's because I have a background in technology, and lived in Silicon Valley for many years that I enjoyed the book as much as I did, but as a current small business owner in a non technology field, I found the marketing, human resource, and sociological elements of the text even more interesting. As a brief technology history lesson for computer scientists, this book is must-read material for students interested in making a difference in the world, creating the next big thing in science, or working for Google. Teachers, legislators, and parents becoming complacent about the US education system should find the book motivating and instructive. I doubt that Levy intended to weave the good vs. evil subplot in the book, but in the end you might wonder if Google became Google because it's culture dictated that it not be evil. Or was it because it had brilliant scientists who worked their tails off who will face and be tempted by evil again and again and eventually become (quintessential corporate slut) Microsoft anyway? Was the decision to pull government censored Search out of China the ultimate litmus test for Google's values? And if so, does that suggest that the world really should trust a private company that large with a digitized library of all of the books ever written? Or the next big thing from the Mountain View giant?
Some audio books bore me to death, but this guy has an enthusiastic voice and inflection that made the content more exciting.
I listened to this book for the last few weeks during my lunch hour, and it couldn't wait to finish each chapter. I've been a user of Google for a long time, but now I see the company in a completely different light. I guess you could say that I'm a "fan" now!
I'm not sure how the typical consumer would react to this book, but from an I.T. professional's perspective -- it was digital candy for my mind. I only wish the book wouldn't have ended, and continued on as a real time blog so I that could keep up on current events at Google, as they unfold.
It was truly an enjoyable story about the rise of a great, modern company that's still growing and changing the way people interact online.
I really enjoyed this audio book. As a Web Designer I am somehow involved with Google every day with search engines, page ranking etc. This book is a good summary of all Google products, where they originated, how they work and the advantages / disadvantages. Really a book I would recommend!