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I'm Feeling Lucky Audiobook

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

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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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    Chris 03-18-13
    Chris 03-18-13
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    "A great story which is well read"
    Where does I'm Feeling Lucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook and, unfortunately for subsequent books, sets a pretty high standard. The story is engaging, there's an inevitability to the outcome (no I don't mean Google getting big) but the story unwinds at a good pace. You don't really need to know anything about Google to enjoy this book - it possibly helps if you know very little.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doug is obviously the main character but Marissa Mayer comes across in a very interesting light - no spoilers here but you do get a great insight into her personality


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

    No, this is one to enjoy over a period of time.


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    Nicolas San Diego, CA 03-11-13
    Nicolas San Diego, CA 03-11-13
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    "Very interesting story"

    Written from the perspective of a mid-level manager, it gives a complementary view to the Google story.

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    Amazon Customer CA 02-24-13
    Amazon Customer CA 02-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "nice compliment to "In The Plex""

    Several times, Doug's writing cause a laugh to spurt from my mouth. You get a sense of the talents he brought to Google as he employs them in describing his experience as their first brand manager.

    Halfway through the book I had to check who the narrator was - he was doing such a good job of inhabiting the text. And lo, it was Douglas himself! May you have more adventures to tell us about.

    If you're looking for a thorough review of what went into the technical accomplishments, look into Plex.

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    Marcel-Jan Gouda, Netherlands 10-09-12
    Marcel-Jan Gouda, Netherlands 10-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Never heared this side of Google before"

    This book is a great (audio)book after you've finished the biography of Steve Jobs. It gives the same kind of inside view of one of the most succesful tech companies.

    I never thought Google was such a mess at times. After listening about how employees had to work such long days to install new servers in all the time and reading their mail at 2:00 AM, you'd almost get tired of listening about all those 4-hour nights of sleep.

    This book certainly shows a different side of being in a booming startup like Google in the early 2000's.

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    Kris Venice, CA, United States 08-23-12
    Kris Venice, CA, United States 08-23-12
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    "10 hour job resume and a 5 hour story of google"
    What made the experience of listening to I'm Feeling Lucky the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the history and story of google, along with a candid and sometime cheeky way summing up the events of google's history


    Any additional comments?

    The Narrator and writer of the book is a saint, a genius, and possible responsible for all of Google's success, even thought set admits being pretty clueless and the company has no use or job for him in the end. Every good idea he was on board for and "pushed" forward and every bad idea that happen he knew it was bad and tried to stop to even though he had no impact on the out come. He wrote the copy on the website. By his account the only decision he really made and felt strongly about was not putting an American flag on Google after 9/11, too tasteless? The history is pretty in-depth due to interviews and accounts of the people he worked with and some of his own. Douglas Edwards seems like a polite nice guy but when he writes from his accounts it reads like a job resume and seems like he trying really hard to sound important and make the reader like him or maybe he was always right everyone else was wrong and he never made a bad decision at Google I'm not sure. Either way a nice read if you want to learn more about Google

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    realistic 06-25-12
    realistic 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging insider perspective of Google."
    What did you love best about I'm Feeling Lucky?

    Plenty of detail regarding the the day-to-day operations at Google.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It covered the the internal corporate tension that is not typically revealed to the public.


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

    He was there from the start; he was authentically Google-ly, and humble enough all the same -- could pick this up in his narration.


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

    "A talented, non-Engineer at Google claws and scrapes, in an effort to be noticed and respected among a sea of top-tier CS Majors." --- OK, obviously I won't be making a career writing tag lines...


    Any additional comments?

    A bit better than "In the Plex".

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    Aaron Jones 06-05-12
    Aaron Jones 06-05-12
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    "Fascinating insider look"

    For anyone who lives in the geographical area of Silicon Valley but hasn't ever worked at a start up this is a must read. Fascinating to read how it all unfolded. Simply fun to hear local places being mentioned.

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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 06-03-12
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm always looking for that well written gem.

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    "It's really about the talent."

    Have your slacker kid read this one.The title would lead you to believe employee #59 along with a bunch of other "lucky" people just happened to be standing in the right place when the astounding success of Google just struck like lightning. In actuality these were very talented people hired by even more talented people to invest themselves completely in an uncertain future. The original Google employees were not hapless rejects who came together by chance. The vetting process to work at a company like Google is this: "Hire the most talented people you can find." Do your homework.
    The only downside to this one; a bit too many arcane administrative details behind the scenes. But otherwise a good instructive read.

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    Kim 05-15-12
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    "Interesting Insights"
    If you could sum up I'm Feeling Lucky in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, long, interesting


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More character development/descriptives


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

    Serge


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

    The author's persistence to forge forward when faced with moving targets and negative feedback.


    Any additional comments?

    An epilogue that listed "where they are now" for employees #3-60 would have been interesting.

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    Scott Guelph, ON, Canada 04-27-12
    Scott Guelph, ON, Canada 04-27-12
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    "Very entertaining insight into mega success"

    This book is really well written and performed. Despite the fact that a lot of the technical info is over my head I really enjoyed this book. Edwards is funny and fair in his descriptions of the challenges he experienced at Google.

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