Originally published in 1999 during the dot-com boom, some parts of this book are a bit dated. Written as a series of mini-biographies and interviews of a group of early Microsoft employees, it does contain some interesting historical insights to Microsoft but the stories are mostly bland and repetitive. The "maniacal work ethic" theme became especially grating after chapter 5. The narration was well-paced and clear but somewhat monotone. Overall, this book pales in comparison to similar works such as iWoz and iCon.
James Luceno writes great Star Wars novels and Marc Thompson is by far the best narrator for turning the readings into a movie-like experience. This book managed to be entertaining yet somehow unsatisfying. It's depth of plot is comparable to the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.
Although enjoyable to listen to, the storyline was shallow compared to the other novels and series.
Much like cotton candy, this story was tasty and fun to ingest but not very filling. Die-hard fans may have a hard time taking it seriously.
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