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This book is too poorly written to be worthwhile novel, and contains too much invention to trust as a non-fiction business biography. I'm as much of a sucker for a business narrative with reconstructed dialogue as anybody, but this books carries that gimmick way too far. The author admits in the introduction that he has simply made up whole conversations and incidents. Long sections consist of Mark Zuckerberg's supposed thoughts and internal dialogue, which is a neat trick since Zuckerberg declined to be interviewed for the book. To be fair, at least some of these sections are clearly labeled as supposition, but it's a darn lazy way to write a biography.
The writing is really over the top: "Dead silence. A moment frozen in time. A single paragraph on a single page in a book that spanned three centuries of pregnant, frozen, moments like this".
Check out "Stealing MySpace" for a similar book which is better written, and has more respect for facts.
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I work in tech and was looking forward to listening to this book. From the reviews it seems like people either really like this book or hate it. I'm the latter. This book fails on every front; poor writing, bad storytelling and awful narration in which Mr.Chamberlain seems to inflect on every F-word making them seems entirely natural even in a colloquial university setting. The story reads like a raunchy Hollywood Seth Rogen film, is short on facts, and it irks me how he presumes to be in the heads of the characters and tells us what they're "thinking" considering he never even interviewed Mark Zuckerberg. Granted we get a disclaimer before the books starts but everything here is over the top. Waste of my first credit!
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I am not a facebook fan but I am very interested in the invention and behind the scenes adventures of the computer world.
The book took a little bit of getting into and the voice reading it felt a little robotic at times but once you started getting into the story and forgot the voice the experience was pretty good. Really glad I listened to it and got through it but not sure it will be one of my all time great Audio listens.
Looking forward to the film to see how that will work.
I was so disappointed with this book. I'm a Ben Mezrich fan and loved Bringing down the House and the movie 21. He's a wizard when it comes to telling stories about the nerdy intelligent geek coming good and turning the tables on everyone. But this - woeful. The story of the invention of Facebook is interesting but it's not James Bond. And no amount of purple prose will inject into it the excitement it needs to make it a truly thrilling book. The subject matter is not life and death, and Ben does a bad job of trying to convince the reader that it is. I found my interest waning half way through and struggled to finish but I did in the end. If this story was told in a more factual, less embellished (just to make it exciting) kind of way it would've worked as a book in itself. This will be a better movie than a work of literary art!