In 1998, when Amazon.com went to temp agencies to recruit people, they gave them a simple directive: send us your freaks. Thus began Mike Daisey's love affair with this quintessential dot-com. His ascent from lowly temp to customer service representative to business development hustler is the stuff of dreams - and nightmares. Daisey takes us from Amazon's high point, when the stock traded at $361, to well into its rollercoaster plunge to today's humble two-digit price, all the while reflecting on the very nature of the new economy and the darkly humorous compromises made every day to survive in corporate America. At strategic intervals, the narrative is punctuated by hysterical (in every sense of the word) letters to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - missives that seem ripped from the collective unconscious of dot-com disciples the world over. No wonder Newsweek has dubbed Daisey the "oracle of the bust."
With a hugely popular Web site and a hit one-man show that has received phenomenal coverage (with stories in Wired, Newsweek, Salon, and elsewhere), Daisey has become the bard of the dot-com boom-and-bust - a smart, imaginative, and acutely perceptive chronicler of our times.
The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, is the original publisher of 21 Dog Years in hardcover.
Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Original Jacket Design: High Design
Original Jacket Art: Joyn Tynes
©2002 Mike Daisey
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.
"A modern Dickensian fable of pointless toil inside an industrial madhouse. Too funny not to be accurate, too heartbreaking not to be true. If you are wondering where all the time and money went, this book has the answers." (Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air)
I am a avid listener to audiobooks and this one is one of the worst I have heard. I concur with the other reviewers who gave it 1 star. I was looking for an insight to the company and their rise to success, like the book The Facebook Effect. But this one was simply about the author, who is really a bit wack. So much that I couldn't even get through the first 21 minutes of this thing. I wasted a credit on this book. Buyer beware! Take a listen first and read all of the reviews before you think about downloading (which is what I should have done).
This book is nothing to write home to mom about. A story about a self-described slacker working for a slacker company. There were good parts - Once I even found myself laughing out loud. More often though I was just wishing the book would end. If Amazon and Jeff Bezos are so inept, how come they're still both around 7 years after the book story ends? Every company has it's Dilbert moments - I see nothing unusual about Amazon. Several sub-plots describe some really useless dot coms. Too bad Daisey didn't work for Digital Convergence Corp.
I was part of the 'dot-com' era, and I just did not find anything interesting about this book. I did not laugh once. Also, I could not stand how the author spoke.
This story of an individual's experience at the beginning of the internet explosion. Great story, a single story and would work whether it was about Amazon or Sears.
Mike Daisey offers a glimpse into the work environment of this much discussed internet company. His observations are often hysterically funny about how ludicrous and unbusinesslike Amazon could be, and at the same time, how swept up and driven the employees were when they calculated the value of their own stock options.
He tells his story wonderfully, and perhaps you will hear a dead on description of yourself in the many customer service horrors on which he elaborates. You may never ask to speak to a customer service supervisor again!
This book is incredibly funny and extremely well narrated by mdaisey. I wasn't ready for this one to end. You don't have to have participated in the dot com boom to appreciate 21 Dog Years.
I thought this would be an entertaining book, but I found it to be incredibly annoying. After listening to the second CD, I threw the rest away not wanting to subject myself to any more of it.
Mike Daisey adapted 21 Dog Years from his play, and it shows in his easy reading style and flair for comic timing. There's a segment I particularly like after a long day--other listeners will certainly remember the "I understand, I empathize" spiel from a customer service rep.
While the focus is indeed his job(s) at amazon.com, much of the story is purely about the life and times of Mike Daisey; fortunately, it's almost all funny.
Delicate ears should be warned that there is occasional profanity.
I liked the honesty and humor, but they couldn't keep me interested to hear this story out. About halfway through, I gave up because of the negativity, smugness - he's so proud to be a slacker and petty thief - and naivete of someone who doesn't expect colleagues to do their job and companies to act as corporations.
I have existed since the beginning of time at the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the heavens!!!
I would say it ranks in the top 10 books I have read
Mike was the main character
The training portion
Great book a must read!!!
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