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I'm Feeling Lucky Audiobook

I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.
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Publisher's Summary

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystander's account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving listeners a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company.

Edwards, Google's first director of marketing and brand management, describes it as it happened. We see the first, pioneering steps of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company's young, idiosyncratic partners; the evolution of the company's famously nonhierarchical structure (where every employee finds a problem to tackle or a feature to create and works independently); the development of brand identity; the races to develop and implement each new feature; and the many ideas that never came to pass. Above all, Edwards - a former journalist who knows how to write - captures the Google Experience, the rollercoaster ride of being part of a company creating itself in a whole new universe.

I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

©2011 Douglas Edwards (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This lively, thoughtful business memoir is more entertaining than it really has any right to be, and should be required reading for startup aficionados." (Publishers Weekly)

"Douglas Edwards is indeed lucky, sort of an accidental millionaire, a reluctant bystander in a sea of computer geniuses who changed the world. This is a rare look at what happened inside the building of the most important company of our time." (Seth Godin)

"Douglas Edwards recounts Google's stumble and rise with verve and humor and a generosity of spirit. He kept me turning the pages of this engrossing tale." (Ken Auletta, author of Googled: The End of the World as We Know It)

“With a warm, approachable tone and perfect pacing, Edwards narrates his detailed account of his experiences as an early employee of Google, Inc….Edwards seems a natural as he provides a highly listenable audio performance….the listener walks away with a better understanding of how true organizational creativity and brilliant technical engineering can impact the human condition and world culture.” (AudioFile)

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    Don W. 07-01-15
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    It was great to hear Doug's insights and telling his story in his own voice. I'm just a few years younger than Doug and could relate to his experience working with those a generation younger. An enjoyable listen.

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    Miguel Sevilla Seattle, WA USA 05-28-15
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    "Excellent story and riveting perspective. I enjoyed every minute."

    Doug's story was the perspective of a non-engineer that was able to make great contributions to the google brand and culture that it now is. There wasn't a single moment where I was bored. Grab it and enjoy it.

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    Leon-Soto, Esteban 02-12-15
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    "Google raise from a non techie perspective "

    Interesting passages from the inside of a growing technology big one. Gives you a feeling of some things that have been done differently in Google: rely on its own technical excellence, rather than on well known marketing recipes that apply almost everywhere.

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    "Great book"

    I wish it was more linear in time, the flip-flopping in time caused me some issues completely understanding the order of the events.

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 02-08-15
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 02-08-15 Member Since 2006

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    Where does I'm Feeling Lucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average. There are so many good books.


    What other book might you compare I'm Feeling Lucky to and why?

    I just read the biografy on the man who invented the Mine Craft game. That is the closest to this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm Feeling Lucky is a very good title.

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    Doogiesmom 02-06-15
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Engaging and funny this memoir kept us entertained from start to finish. It made me love Google even more. Thank You.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator. It's his story. Very likeable guy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very funny in places.


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    Piotr Kowalczyk Poland 01-20-15
    Piotr Kowalczyk Poland 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant!"

    The story, the narration - all exceeded my expectations! First impression is that it is a bit slow sorry, and the narrator is not that good,but suddenly I realized how much I love it and must admit that I can not imagine anyone else reading it.
    Must read for everyone interested in tech.

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    Kindle Customer Fairfield, CT, United States 12-08-14
    Kindle Customer Fairfield, CT, United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "An Interesting View Into the Early Years of Google"
    What did you love best about I'm Feeling Lucky?

    It is a great view into how Google was formed and some of the events that we all saw from the outside. I particularly enjoyed that it was a balanced portrayal, not always for and not always against Google. It also provided an interesting view of now popular figures like Marissa Mayer.


    What does Douglas Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An insider's view from someone who is willing to both support and be critical of Google.


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    LE Atlanta, GA 11-09-14
    LE Atlanta, GA 11-09-14 Member Since 2016

    EntrepreNerd - Looking for good books on tech, life skills and business

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    What did you love best about I'm Feeling Lucky?

    Doug did a great job of narrating and explaining the high tech world of Google in an easy to understand way. There were just so many interesting stories, he kept me coming back for more.


    What about Douglas Edwards’s performance did you like?

    He is an excellent speaker and brought some much needed humor to the subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    It was hard for me to believe I would make it through the entire 16 hours, but it was so interesting, I couldn't stop. And, the ending was superb, alost emotional.

    I'd really like someone else to do another book like this detailing the time after Google's IPO.

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    Amazon Customer Scottsville, VA United States 09-03-14
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    "Well told."
    Would you listen to I'm Feeling Lucky again? Why?

    I would listen again. It is a story everyone can relate to on some level. Starting with pretty much nothing but then not having to live on a budget - yeah, that is something we can relate to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'm Feeling Lucky?

    I feel the most memorable moment was the end when he realized he really was lucky. To be with a company from rock bottom until it is so very successful you don't have to work any longer is a good feeling. The little point of being able to buy a coffee not on sale, great.


    Which character – as performed by Douglas Edwards – was your favorite?

    I think Larry was my favorite character because he was always in the background.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A walk from life ordinary to life extraordinary


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