This is a fascinating and surprising story. You get to learn what Google is really all about and how it makes a buck. As a casual user of "search" you just wouldn't have clue what game they're playing in the background to rack up billions in revenue and profit. I took every chance I could to get my head phones on so I could find out what amazing feat was next. I could hardly believe how ambitious this company's founders are. Its really quite remarkable and inspiring to hear their story and it leaves you wondering; where on earth could this company go from here!
Google is 13 years old and this book gave me so much insight into the phenomenon. I find myself looking at the Google site with much more appreciation than before. Took me a while to get used to the figures and statistics and so on, but once I had that sorted I found this book fascintaitng.
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This one will delight, entertain, uplift, and move you. You need to listen to this book.
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.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
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.