Tracy Kidder, the "master of the nonfiction narrative" (The Baltimore Sun) and author of the best-selling classic The Soul of a New Machine, now tells the story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur who as a boy rebelled against authority. Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovered a medium for his talents the first time he saw a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what would eventually be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he began his pilgrim's journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it were an extension of his own mind, he discovered that he had a talent for conceiving innovative enterprises and building teams that can develop them, becoming "a Pied Piper" of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on one colleague observed, "Someday this boy's going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I'm going to be standing beside him". Yet when English did indeed make a fortune - when the travel website Kayak was sold for almost $2 billion - the first thing he thought about was how to give the money away: "What else would you do with it?" The second thing he thought was, "What's next?"
With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new ideas and new money are reshaping our culture and the world. A Truck Full of Money is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.
©2016 Tracy Kidder (P)2016 Random House Audio
The story is interesting and well told. The setting is greater Boston and one would have thought the Narrator would have taken the time to learn how to pronounce the names of the cities and towns in the area. There were perhaps a hundred references to the town of Concord, Massachusetts which was consistently mispronounced. Highly distracting and should have been trivial to take into account prior to recording.
I'll try anything once
very disappointing. Book takes you nowhere. Soul of a New Machine was excellent. What happened to Tracy Kidder story-telling ability over the past 20 years?
I was expecting a cold story of someone fighting to succeed financially but got something totally different. I still enjoyed it though.
The story didn't really progress in a sense but it was an easy listen.
The narrator was good too.
I read soul of a new machine 30 years ago and was inspired. This was the opposite of that. It was a rehash of three stories that are already out there: the innovator, the mental health patient and the philanthropist. It didn't offer anything new and the main character did not resonate with me at all.
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