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The Year Without Pants Audiobook
The Year Without Pants
Written by: 
Scott Berkun
Narrated by: 
Chris Kayser
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The Year Without Pants Audiobook

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

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Publisher's Summary

A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success

50 million websites, or 20 percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods?

To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future.

  • Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results
  • Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity
  • Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (scottberkun.com)

The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.

©2013 Scott Berkun (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Todd Leesburg, VA, United States 02-05-15
    Todd Leesburg, VA, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book and strategy"

    Narrator wasn't that great. The book is fantastic. The story of automattic and its methodology of working is a great case study in collaboration and the future of working with disbursed teams across the globe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Anderson Bainbridge Island, WA United States 11-23-13
    B. Anderson Bainbridge Island, WA United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring and over the top"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps people who don't work in the software industry might enjoy this but to those of us who do, his overly excited descriptions of mostly typical activities and people in smaller software companies are a bore.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Berkun again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Kayser?

    Anyone who didn't read in such a monotoned and mono-paced voice.
    He also should have learned how to pronounce common computer terms such as Linux. Its pronounced lynn-ux, not line-ux. I cringed every time I heard this. There were others as well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Year Without Pants?

    Remove all of the isn't-this-guy amazing worshiping of people. Remove the weren't-we-so-cool attitude. Too much hype of not much specialness.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Martin S. 02-22-16
    Martin S. 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I use this to fall asleep"

    Narration was ok. Strange pronunciations of some words and states far too many "slashes".

    Book itself is probably 90% fluff. There are so many frustrating descriptions of boring events. There's about 15 minutes describing 5 engineers playing shuffle board in detail. While this gives context, it's just so boring and cringe you.

    There are gems of knowledge in this book and the author is smart. I'd like someone to edit this down to a 60 minute audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael Mocatta 10-01-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great book, full of many thought provoking points"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Year Without Pants to be better than the print version?

    audible business books are great and in some cased I buy the kindle version for reference. this is a good book!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 09-23-15
    Jon 09-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing mind blowing if already virtual - but good"

    Good story about a well-run company, but nothing mind blowing if you are already deep into building a virtual company. Worth a listen though to plant a few seeds of additional ideas you might be able to use.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Dart BELLEVUE, WA 03-06-15
    Scott Dart BELLEVUE, WA 03-06-15

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    "Loved the book, hated the narration"

    Even at 1.25x it was ponderously slow. Berkun is a great public speaker, he should narrate his own books!

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Scott Berkun or narrated by Chris Kayser?

    If they were written in a similar style to this? Then no


    What will your next listen be?

    MoneyBall


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Year Without Pants?

    I would have cut all the meaningless drawl and scene setting from in between the genuinely useful information about working styles, company ideology and team structure. He goes on and on about useless information like details about the furniture in the room or something mildly amusing about a team night out or character quirk... None of these are of any interest or the least bit funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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