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Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution | [Fred Vogelstein]

Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google - and how it’s reshaping the way we think about technology. The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.
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Publisher's Summary

Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google - and how it's reshaping the way we think about technology.

The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.

Fred Vogelstein has reported on this rivalry for more than a decade and has rare access to its major players. In Dogfight, he takes us into the offices and board rooms where company dogma translates into ruthless business; behind outsize personalities like Steve Jobs, Apple's now lionized CEO, and Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman; and inside the deals, lawsuits, and allegations that mold the way we communicate. Apple and Google are poaching each other's employees. They bid up the price of each other's acquisitions for spite, and they forge alliances with major players like Facebook and Microsoft in pursuit of market dominance.

Dogfight moves like a novel: Vivid nonfiction with never-before-heard details. This is more than a story about what devices will replace our phones and laptops. It's about who will control the content on those devices and where that content will come from - about the future of media in Silicon Valley, New York, and Hollywood.

©2013 Fred Vogelstein (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 11-24-13
    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 11-24-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great book, But Narrator Needs Technical Help"
    If you could sum up Dogfight in three words, what would they be?

    Great history of the war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion about the engineers during the iPhone introduction.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator mispronounces a handful of words. One example is spelling about RIM instead of just saying 'RIM'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Bedford, TX, United States 12-24-13
    Jon Bedford, TX, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Well the first half of the book is interesting"
    What disappointed you about Dogfight?

    Dogfight is really all about Google and the author does a poor job of hiding his bias. Once he has covered Google completely reworking Android once the iPhone is released very little new information is presented.


    What was most disappointing about Fred Vogelstein’s story?

    It degenerated into an Apple-bashing book with very little new information about Google or Apple presented. Very little in-depth analysis of the interactions between Google and Apple. Doesn't provide any information that might put Google in a bad light.


    Have you listened to any of J. P. Demont’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader is very good with the exception of his constant mispronunciation of iOS.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dogfight?

    I wouldn't cut any scenes but would have sent the author back to do more research. Much of the second half of the book is just mentioning old news.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Shepherd 07-07-14
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    "Take the history, leave the conclusion"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dogfight?

    I enjoyed the history and anecdotes on the development of the iPhone and iPad compared to the parallel development of Android. I have a better understanding of some of the less well-known people and how their actions helped to drive the development of products now in use by millions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the bit about a flask of whisky being passed around by the iPhone product development team while Jobs gave that first demo. Had not heard that story before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The final chapter seemed a bit pointless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jad 06-22-14
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    "This is a must read for every tech enthusiast!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dogfight the most enjoyable?

    I rarely write any reviews about books I listen to. But this was a great one. The facts and the personalities conveyed in this book are crucial to understand how Apple and Google grew together to become the companies they are now. Some stuff are really fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book contains two story lines in my opinion. One is how Apple and Google evolved as companies and the struggles and strategies they underwent. And the other one which to my surprise has won my ears and heart, is the story of how Steve Jobs got along with 1-) Google's Cofounders Sergei and Larry, and how Steve Jobs handled his cancer during that. It shows very clearly that his attitude towards things was shifting back and forth with his illness and how desperate he was.


    Have you listened to any of J. P. Demont’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration tone was perfect, accentuated when needed but not over the top. Sometimes the characters' voices got mixed up and in certain conversations didn't know who talked to know (maybe it's due to my poor focus sometimes). But this is my first listen to Demont and I would certainly do it again. Cheers


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments in the book moved me, Apple's pre iPhone release preparations, Apple's iPhone unveiling specifics and how Jobs practiced and how the iPhone was being stitched up for the demo. The relationship fissure between Google and Apple, how Apple and google worked together to get maps up and running.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, highly recommended.

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    "Read by an android"

    This is a book about Android, and appears to be narrated by one. The book is interesting and gives some insight into the world of Apple and Google, but the narrator is very robotic.

    As someone who's always been interested in following the tech industry, I didn't learn a huge amount from this book, but it was interesting to hear the stories around the iPhone and iPad launches, and how Google positions Android in the marketplace.

    I've you're interested in that kind of thing, then it's worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Robotic Voice"
    Any additional comments?

    Just as the previous reviewer said, J.P. Demont's voice is wooden and robotic - who chose him? Great story, but a VERY stiff performance. Choose Stephen Fry next time ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. J. Matthews
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    12/10/13
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    "Why Apple and Google Do What They Do"
    If you could sum up Dogfight in three words, what would they be?

    A good listen


    What about J. P. Demont’s performance did you like?

    A good voice to listen to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a very long listen, not really suited to listening to in one session.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wondered why Apple and Google do certain things, this will help you understand as it gives huge insights into the behaviour of each company. I found it to be a really interesting experience. Recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
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    "Good book ... terrible narrator"
    If you could sum up Dogfight in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful interesting


    What other book might you compare Dogfight to, and why?

    Jobs autobiography due to subject matter and inside the plex


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator drones on, puts little life into the story and sounds almost robotic. One of the worst performances i've heard


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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