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I was hoping to hear a fascinating tale about all the incredible work that went on at Bells Labs and maybe a few interesting antidotes about quirky researchers, but all that was offered was an extremely dull account of the authors tenture at Bell Labs. The author managed to make any attempt at an interesting story hopelessly flop by over-explaining unimportant details and assuming that his readers were on a completely different intellectual level (i.e. completely beneath him).
I found myself continuing to listen just to see if the book really didn't get any more interesting (it didn't)...
It's too bad, because I am quite sure that the Author met and interacted with fascinating people and Bell Labs certainly did a great deal of interesting work (this book doesn't do any of it justice)
Don't waste you money!
33 of 34 people found this review helpful
As many people have already pointed out, this is a rather dull book. The conflict between 'long term research' vs. profitability is relentlessly repeated. There is a lot of discussion about personnel issues and company politics that exist in all organizations.
The only positive thing I have to say is: If you were interested in Bell Labs minutae, this is your book.
In addition to being boring, the quality of narration is low. It is full of awkward pauses and hesitations, mispronunciations and overlooked punctuation. Example: The narrator frequently pronounces 'programming languages' as though they are two separate entities -- as in, 'Bell Labs was interested in operating systems, programming, languages and compilers' (written as spoken). Problems like these exist throughout the audiobook.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you're interested in finding out about the history of an incredible lab, don't waste your time with this.
The book is more about the author and how pleased with himself.
It really is so disappointing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful