We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time | [David A. Vise, Mark Malseed]

The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world. Its stock is worth more than General Motors' and Ford's combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room run by the Grateful Dead's former chef, and its employees traverse the firm's colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates.

The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

In 1998, Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, "change the world" through a search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free.

While the company has done exactly that in more than one hundred languages, Google's quest continues as it seeks to add millions of library books, television broadcasts, and more to its searchable database. Listeners will learn about the amazing business acumen and computer wizardry that started the company on its astonishing course; the secret network of computers delivering lightning-fast search results; and the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to challenge Microsoft's dominance and shake up Wall Street. Even as it rides high, Google wrestles with difficult choices that will enable it to continue expanding while sustaining the guiding vision of its founders' mantra: DO NO EVIL.

©2005 David A. Vise; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (673 )
5 star
 (225)
4 star
 (256)
3 star
 (137)
2 star
 (38)
1 star
 (17)
Overall
3.9 (75 )
5 star
 (25)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (1)
Story
3.8 (72 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Carlton Enfield, CT, United States 12-16-09
    Carlton Enfield, CT, United States 12-16-09 Member Since 2009

    Adman | Former Mech Engineer | Dog Lover | Geek

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A Fascinating Learning Experience"

    Great listen--I highly recommend this to anyone in search of learning business strategies while concurrently being entertained. Like others said, the book does sometimes sound like an advertisement for Google. However, I gained a newfound respect for the business giant after listening to this. There were aspects of the business that occurred when I was too young to care, but the book did a great job to conclusively bring those subjects to light. Everyone knows how large Google has grown as a business, but I think few people realize how significantly they have changed the global economy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    wolfje NL 04-17-09
    wolfje NL 04-17-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Interesting but a bit too sweet"

    An interesting book but it is a pretty sweet pro-google story. If you have a critical mind, no problem there. I really suggest the abridged version, though. Well narrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 08-30-08
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 08-30-08 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    211
    66
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Free PR"

    Some of the material is interesting but it reads like a brochure put out by Google. The narration is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Emil Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-27-08
    Emil Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-27-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Insight"

    The inside story of Google

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rohit Melbourne, Australia 09-27-07
    Rohit Melbourne, Australia 09-27-07 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Stimulating"

    This is one of the greatest success stories of recent times. With the dawn of the new century, Google came from nowhere and lead by Brin and Page became a great technology company rivaling Mircosoft. The book is very well written and each aspect of the lives of Brin and Page related to Google is well documented. It is great to see how these twenty year olds with their unorthodox thinking created one of the most admirable companies in the world. Must read for all audible listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 03-21-07
    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 03-21-07 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    153
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Nice Intro But Light on Business"

    A good introduction to Google, which tends to be hard to get information about. Most of the book focuses on the two founders, Brin and Page. The business info is not really deep and overall, the authors praise the Google founders to no end. I guess there is just not enough time to get perspective on the company nor to see the social/market context, but hay, it is an up-to-date kind of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melba Dibble Polk City, Iowa USA 03-08-07
    Melba Dibble Polk City, Iowa USA 03-08-07 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Gag me with a spoon!"

    I couldn't stand to listen to the whole book, so it may get better near the end, but what I did get through was pure marketing fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-14-06
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-14-06 Member Since 2005

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    342
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    235
    113
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    80
    0
    Overall
    "Just a Fascinating Story"

    Not especially deep, but you just can’t put it down.

    Did help in understanding Google’s Business Model.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bill L. Hamden, CT 02-06-06
    Bill L. Hamden, CT 02-06-06 Member Since 2000
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    253
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Breathless Accolades?"

    The book often has interesting content, but way too many superlatives thrown around about Google and its founders. A bit more critical distance would have been appreciated. And the narrator's overly enthusiastic delivery tends to enforce the "best of breed", most creative, most this, most that, greatest this, greatest that view of the Google enterprise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    T. Goss Washington, DC 02-06-06
    T. Goss Washington, DC 02-06-06 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Book"

    The best book I've read/listened to in a long time. It gives you all the details about a very unique company, along with educating you about the venture capital industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 21-30 of 35 results PREVIOUS1234NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.