21 Dog Years

  • by Mike Daisey
  • Narrated by Mike Daisey
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mike Daisey worked at Amazon.com for nearly two years during the dot-com frenzy of the late nineties. Now that his nondisclosure agreement has expired, he can tell the real story - one that blends tech culture, hero worship, cat litter, Albanian economics, and venture capitalism into a surreal cocktail of delusion.In 1998, when Amazon.com went to temp agencies to recruit people, they gave them a simple directive: send us your freaks. Thus began Mike Daisey's love affair with this quintessential dot-com. His ascent from lowly temp to customer service representative to business development hustler is the stuff of dreams - and nightmares. Daisey takes us from Amazon's high point, when the stock traded at $361, to well into its rollercoaster plunge to today's humble two-digit price, all the while reflecting on the very nature of the new economy and the darkly humorous compromises made every day to survive in corporate America. At strategic intervals, the narrative is punctuated by hysterical (in every sense of the word) letters to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - missives that seem ripped from the collective unconscious of dot-com disciples the world over. No wonder Newsweek has dubbed Daisey the "oracle of the bust."With a hugely popular Web site and a hit one-man show that has received phenomenal coverage (with stories in Wired, Newsweek, Salon, and elsewhere), Daisey has become the bard of the dot-com boom-and-bust - a smart, imaginative, and acutely perceptive chronicler of our times.The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, is the original publisher of 21 Dog Years in hardcover.


What the Critics Say

"A modern Dickensian fable of pointless toil inside an industrial madhouse. Too funny not to be accurate, too heartbreaking not to be true. If you are wondering where all the time and money went, this book has the answers." (Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This dog should be put to sleep

I thought this would be an entertaining book, but I found it to be incredibly annoying. After listening to the second CD, I threw the rest away not wanting to subject myself to any more of it.
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- Mike

I'm sorry I wasted my book choice on this junk!

This book is nothing but whining and babbling by a self-proclaimed (and justly so) pathetic excuse for an employee that any company in their right mind would terminate with cause.

It is nothing but his twisted, self-absorbed whining. I am two thirds of the way through the book and the only reason I am going to continue is to see how he leaves Amazon. How in the hell he stayed as long as he did is beneath me. He would be anyone's nightmare employee.

Put me in a room with this annoying cry-baby and I would rather hang myself.
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- Angeline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio