Posting this review, since there are so few.
I hadn't read anything before about how google was formed and worked, and hadn't followed the news during the its IPO. This audiobook was recommended on a podcast, and it is based on is one of the two presently on Google's history. I liked this book, it's a quick and easy listen. I enjoyed being put back in the late nighties when Web Portals were believed to be the future, HotBot and AltaVista ruled, and search was believed to be a fixed problem, with results based on frequency and paid spots. I chose the abridged version because of cost and I preferred the voice sample of this narrator over the unabridged version, and I have not regretted it.
This book may be interview quotes and anecdotes already available elsewhere, and is not for webmasters, but rather for people who want to get quickly up-to-speed with what's behind the web phenomenon. It is similar in tone to an in-depth magazine article.
It is true that the author sometimes refers to the founders with their first names ("Sergey and Larry", and at other times their last names ("Brin and Page"), which can be a little confusing. The book moves swiftly and is hard to put down. It takes about 4h to go from Stanford University to the messy IPO process. The narrator is clear, solid, and never distracts from the material.
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