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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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    Aniket Gade 02-03-17
    Aniket Gade 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Humorous insight into Google Work Culture"
    What made the experience of listening to I'm Feeling Lucky the most enjoyable?

    I loved the humorous touch by writer and the way he told the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doug, the writer himself.


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

    His Narration is so good. His humorous tone and way he describes his experiences was best selling point for me.


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

    Lets change the world.


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    Andrew Cline Locust Grove, GA 11-30-16
    Andrew Cline Locust Grove, GA 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great tale and look inside what's googly"

    While the small lisp of the narrator can be a bit distracting at times, overall the tale told is a good glimpse into the early days and years of one of the more fascinating companies to emerge in the recent decades. The author tells his story with a surprising amount of humility and objectivity. Definitely a recommended read for techies or anyone who wants an inside look at what made and makes Google tick.

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    cronin 10-02-16
    cronin 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This was my 3rd Google book and the best by far!"

    Douglas Edwards I want to be you when I grow up. (I'm 45) This was such a perfect, well crafted book and story. I just recently finished a book about Alibaba (by their former marketing guy) and was disappointed because I think I could have learned just as much by cobbling together some old Alibaba press releases. In your book, you seemed to have the perfect amount of bias and inside story. You never came off as the disgruntled, ex-employee but instead a guy who wanted to share his own experiences from his point of view. It would have been SO easy for you to 'phone in' this book. The title sells itself and you are already financially set so this book could have been so 'surfacey' but it was not! It is so clear you really labored over it and created something special for the reader --- even if somehow they had never heard of Google! Well done!! And, my biggest surprise was you were the narrator. Usually it is very obvious when an author reads his own book and often ends really badly. You were terrific! You could be pro narrator.

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    Ankit Shukla 08-18-16
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    "A really interesting recollection"

    It's an unexpectedly interesting listen and account of the working of the early days of Google. Difficult to tell at some places whether he's not still the Brand Manager for Google -- that's to say it's a very passionate account of one's work experience.

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    Trevor 08-07-16
    Trevor 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    This was a good book and kept me captivated. My only complaint is the audio was a little too quiet.

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    Scr8 Geechee 07-21-16
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    "Good Narrative, Horrible Performance"

    Good, interesting first-hand insight on the inner-workings and struggles of Google in their early years. However, the author/narrator's cadence and affectations are unbearable. He adds SO... MUCH... EMPHASIS... and so many pauses... in nearly EVERY... sentence... that I had to LISTEN... at 1.25X speed... JUST to make sure... I finished the book. I would've enjoyed it a lot more reading it for myself.

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    Andrew 07-19-16
    Andrew 07-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Simply, and phenomenally, Google!"

    This is just hands down a great book packed with insight into one of the most powerful information technology services! You will not be disappointed!

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    Anthony Burbidge Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-10-16
    Anthony Burbidge Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story - loose the gum"

    I found this story both informative and entertaining. The author gives great insight into the inner workings of the early years at Google.

    I just can't figure out why the narrator and audio producer thought it would be ok for the narrator to have gum in his mouth throughout the recording. Though subtle, it was somewhat distracting at times.

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    Kirsten Hund 06-06-16
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    "I feel lucky to have found it!"

    Fascinating peek inside the world of Google as it got its legs. This is the first book I've listened to on regular speed and didn't want it to end. Doug's writing and voice brought great personality to this company we all know and use. Thank you for peeling back the curtain on the early days. It was invigorating to hear about how it all happened. A bit technical in some areas but you will broaden your understanding of how Google works. Highly recommend!

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    Susan ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-04-16
    Susan ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-04-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    It was interesting to read an insider talk about Google. Yes he lef a while ago but it wasmeant to be his personal story and he conveyed it with sincerity, fairness and even humor.

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  • Andrew
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    8/16/11
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    "Interesting and insightful"

    For anyone interested in Google or working at an internet based business this book is a must read/listen. Douglas gives a detailed account of his 6 or so years at Google as the business went from a small start up to the massive internet giant it is today. Douglas also reads it excellently and as it is his story you get a better feeling of his feelings about the different things that happened during his time there. Highly recommended.

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  • Pedro
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    7/24/12
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    "I was there"

    By the end of the book I felt I had been there, and gone through this torturous yet adventurous journey with Douglas. Amazing narration with a surprisingly honesty and personal side to it.

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  • shutterclick
    8/31/17
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    "An entertaining and interesting listen."

    Well read and enjoyable to listen to. Interesting to hear how some of the technologies we take for granted evolved...and how some of them accidentally paid dividends.

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  • Helgi
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    7/1/16
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    "thank you Doug!!"

    Thanks a lot for doing such a great job. I know you didn't need to write this never-mind read it yourself. It means a lot. I drew insights from this which have helped me enormously and my fledgling to-be-business.

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  • makio
    4/10/16
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    "Entertainingly written insight into the early years of Google"

    I had just listened to Steve jobs autobiography and (early head of Google HR) Laszio Bock's 'Work Rules' which put this put into interesting context.

    Doug gives a self aware and entertaining account of his time at Google. However, unlike the previous two books, it didn't really leave me feeling inspired in my own work. It was more the story of a bright man working among outstandingly gifted, difficult, fantastic people who push boundaries, and how he coped working with them and their 'out there' ideas.

    As most of us reading this can't claim to be a Steve jobs or Sergey Brin, reading about a working among people of that ilk in pioneering tech start up still offers fascinating insight. And from an honest, humorous and 'real' perspective. Really enjoyed it.

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  • E Seyidli
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    3/23/16
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    "far too long and at many times unclear"

    should have been much much shorter. and more clear. it makes you to go back many times to get the point.

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  • Disco
    7/14/15
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    "Excellent insight into one of our top start ups"

    Well read story from the inside that gives a detailed picture of what it was like from the inside.

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  • Chris
    7/14/15
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    "Great book"

    I loved it, a great read for anyone thinking of joining Google..... I want to know what he did next

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  • Craig Beck
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    3/15/15
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    "Pretty dull is all I can say"

    I only got about 25% of the way through this... pretty dull story of how Google came to me. Very little (if any) drama, humour or excitement - just factual retelling of the events. I am not sure why it gets so many good reviews - perhaps the super geeks love it ?

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  • Mr
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    2/22/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Great story, well read and brilliantly written! Interesting for anyone who has started a business or even just knows who Google are! So that's everyone! Highly recommended!

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