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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.

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Amazing Story!

Really amazing story about a technology company that is so much more than just a search engine.

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  • Lane
  • Grande prairie, AB, Canada
  • 12-16-11

Good Book

What did you love best about The Google Story?

Its a good book. The story, history and culture of google are fasinating as they tell the story of how they became. It gets dry in some spots, but gives a good message

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A Great Story

Well written and true to the facts. I was there after the IPO and at Stanford when they started.

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  • Carlton
  • Enfield, CT, United States
  • 12-16-09

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

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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

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  • C
  • Chestnuthill, MA, United States
  • 08-30-08

Free PR

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

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  • Emil
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 06-27-08

Great Insight

The inside story of Google

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  • Rohit
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 09-27-07

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.

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  • Qbook
  • Betterton, MD, USA
  • 03-21-07

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.

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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.