"A surprisingly inspirational book"
A really excellent and engaging book. I used Google before without much thought but since the book I can see where the company has made significant differences in the internet and the general information in the world - I mean more than Google search. The insights into how it 'thinks', whats required to do that, and how our data is used is amazing.
The ethos of the early companies aim to make products to improve the world (free)/make available info I believe comes through their actions strongly and as far as big companies go I believe they are far from 'evil'. Excellent narration for an engaging story.
Google is certainly a major force in our lives today. This book really gives a good incite into what makes Google tick.
"Interesting and enjoyable"
A great insight into the origin and growth of Google - one of the most important companies in the world, and one that a plurality of people on the planet interact with on an almost daily basis.
The early years are interesting, but as the company grows, and the range of areas into which it expands grows, the insight into the underlying artificial intelligence behind everything from translation to recognition is fascinating.... the tone changes from one of Google as a company to one of Google as an entity.
Great, just like all of his other readings - one of the best narrators on Audible.
"Good detailed but biased opinion"
Good detail about how adwords works and was developed.
The author is obviously a Google fanboy and barely criticises the company. The bonus interview is a nice touch but again it follows the format of 'Google is great, tell me the greatest thing about them etc. etc.'
"Amazing history of Google, highly engaging"
I've found that this book reads like a novel. Almost every chapter at something unbelievably interesting about the founders the philosophy of the company et cetera. I highly recommended business book.
no, I think it's a one shot listen, but definitely worth it the one time!
no, but a joy to listen to in bursts over a week or so
really insightful, a great listen for anyone into technology / computer science.
"Insight to the intrusion"
Explaining where and why google came to be was informative and understanding why they wanted to do what they do was eye opening
That they didn't want to be a company they just wanted to work on search and stay at Stanford
Insights into the sharing of your privacy
anyone who thinks Google is just a big brother company should listen to this to see the reason why they want all that data and how they want to use it.
"Google is god..So much more than a search engine"
Definitely among the top ten. If you didn't think small ideas could chance the world, this book will get you thinking big and dreaming.
For someone like me who practically lives on the web and loves technology this is a rare chance to understand how it all works. Google have changed the way we do everything for the better, and most people don't even realise it. What's better they manage to make every one of their innovations either free or very very low cost. Making their innovations accessible to every person from every background. They truly make the world a better place.
It's very hard to compare it anything. There is only one google. I guess the only thing even remotely near to it would be The story of Facebook. Nothing else in the past 50 years has come close to changing our everyday life as much as google.
I haven't had the pleasure before but he read it well. Good pace tone and audio quality.
Oops I started a revolution!
Google can't be avoided. It's got a finger in everything around us. If you want to understand where the world is going and how we got to where we are or even just want to understand how to market yourself and your business better, there are some amazing insights in here.
Be warned though it's no short read and sometimes it's quite techie. Definitely worth knowing. I used to like google but this book has turned me into a power user and lifelong fan - I now live and work in the cloud, it's improved and changed the way I do most things from day to day.
NOTE: I listened to this book on my android phone, typed this review on my chromebook while streaming video to my TV via my chromecast dongle. I also run a small business and all of our documents and systems are kept in the cloud using google apps.
Join the google revolution ;)
"An excellent insight into the Google phenomenon."
An excellent audio listen outlining the background and evolution of Google and its creators. The detail and experiences in the way that the book has been written by Steven Levy is superb, gaining exceptional access to Larry and Sergei as well as other key influential people with Google allows Levy to tell a factual and very interesting story that keeps you interested throughout. One of the best audio books I've listened to !!
The detailed factual content and the way its written giving background from inception to almost current day
no real character, just very well narrated
Superb book, great insights into early as well as later Google. I couldn't imagine that there will be so much material to cover 20 hours worth of a book, but I have to say that there wasn't a section which I didn't find interesting. Very well researched and performed well as well.
One small note is I have no idea what was going on with chapter numbers - was saying 'chapter 3' half the time, with 'chapter 2 or 4' mixed in randomly.