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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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  • Kenneth
  • LEESBURG, VA, United States
  • 03-14-06

Just a Fascinating Story

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

Did help in understanding Google’s Business Model.

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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.

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Google Gushing

Whilst I enjoyed the book and generally agree with comments made by other reviewers, I also felt that the exposition came over as somewhat 'twee' and 'hyper'. I simply cannot believe that everything about Google and its development is so extraordinary and everyone concerned is so 'excited' about it all the time. A more balanced presentation would have included a bit more of the down side.

On balance a good listen but too sweet for my taste.

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A must read.

This is book has great insight into a great story. Well done. I highly recommend this book.

7 of 17 people found this review helpful

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the google founders are not gods

this is one of the worst books I have ever downloaded from audible.the author sounds like a paid advertisement for google. Google has been a major success story, and has changed the way we use the web, but instead of a fact based review of the google and it's history this reads like a come to the alter of the google gods.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaclyn
  • Newport Beach, CA, USA
  • 12-31-05


Admittedly I'm in the business of e-business so a deep look at Google was naturally going to be of interest. What surprised me most where/are the sheer metrics of this enterprise. Learns lots enough I know lots about it. The 10+ hours flew by.

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