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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014

As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the Internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses, or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning.

In this audiobook, Alexis will share his ideas, tips, and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the Web for good, and along the way, he will share his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe.

At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur, changing the world without asking permission. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian did just that, selling reddit for millions of dollars. He's gone on to start many other companies, like hipmunk and breadpig, all while representing Y Combinator and investing in over 60 other tech startups. Without Their Permission is his personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying referenc4e material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Alexis Ohanian (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Best Non-Fiction of 2014

What did you love best about Without Their Permission?

Inspiring. Energizing. Educational. Practical and really freakin' funny.I loved the self-narration by the author. I usually hate authors trying to be narrators but Alexis is a pro. And he's a guy by the way. :)

What other book might you compare Without Their Permission to and why?

What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis, which was my Best Non-Fiction of 2013.It brings you into the mindset of Google looking at the world. Similarly I can now see the world from Alexis' point of view.

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

Yes, the great pace kept me interested. A great mix of:Theory (democratization of media via the internet), Practical (His experience with Reddit and other tech startups he advises), andHumor (at every turn he keeps the stories vivid with self-deprecation).

Any additional comments?

Would have been a 5-5-5 start review but gave 5-5-4 because he could have skipped some of the self-praise he gives his companies. It seemed like someone was making him include sales plugs.

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Updated History of the Internet

If you enjoyed previous books about the history of the Internet, but hate the fact that they cut off in the mid-2000's, this book picks up to discuss the trends and biggest phenomena since then to early 2014.

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Buy this audio book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Without Their Permission to be better than the print version?

Of sure, Alexis sounds like a hot rich girl, but she's actually the founder of reddit and a cool guy. The text and the delivery are excellent. It's a rare book that captivates this 46 year old software engineer and his 12-year-old fashionista daughter. Alexis, if you're listening, I have a pitch for you, over coffee, in SOMA....

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Great Book

Great implications for all career fields. Inspiring message and entertaining performance. Might have my students read it.

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Inspiring. precise. conveying.

I love the book! definitely encourage me to start my own little internet adventure and change the world for the better.

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Could have been shorter and equally enjoyable

I enjoyed most of the inspiring stories with worthwhile take-always. I feel the author could have devoted less time to praise himself. This is a good reminder, though, that we're not the content of our lives... Ok, I'm going too deep now, so I'll shut up.

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Enjoyable

The narrator was great. Inspiring stories to help fuel the next life innovators. More policy stuff then I'd have liked but I can understand how it was crucial to his story.

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2 Books in 1, Really...

The first half of this book is the story of Reddit's success, while the second half is the story of Alexis's role in defeating the SOPA and PIPA congressional bills - with some of his thoughts on the importance of an open Internet to close it out. I think this book could have been two different books, and while the content isn't what I expected, it was entertaining to listen to.

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Amazingly Informative and Interesting

Would you listen to Without Their Permission again? Why?

I have listened to it a few times. Each time I hear something relevant to my current situation.

What did you like best about this story?

That is is real and emotional. It is not a how to book it is a just do it book.

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

Yes. Any other narrator would not have been able to deliver the story the way it is intended.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very motivational

Any additional comments?

I hope to be emailing Alexis soon about my new startup.

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  • 03-09-15

Praises himself too much.Too many silly quips.

What disappointed you about Without Their Permission?

Praises himself too much.Too many silly quips. Loves talking about his accomplishments & makes sure the listener knows how amazing he is. Lacks a story other than how amazing he is.

What was most disappointing about Alexis Ohanian’s story?

Praises himself too much.Too many silly quips. Loves talking about his accomplishments & makes sure the listener knows how amazing he is. Lacks a story other than how amazing he is.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Lacks a story other than how amazing he is.

What character would you cut from Without Their Permission?

The author.

Any additional comments?

Praises himself too much.Too many silly quips. Loves talking about his accomplishments & makes sure the listener knows how amazing he is. Lacks a story other than how amazing he is.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful