The Google Story

  • by David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
  • Narrated by Adam Grupper
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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googling

This was a quick listen to learn how the google phenomenon occured, and to get some insight into the minds of the two guys that started the business. What was most interesting was to get a better understanding of the impact Google wants to make on mankind. Really big thinking here, and it goes way beyond using search to find the lowest price for an mp3 player.
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- Andy

I'd be embarrassed

This should have been a fascinating story. It was instead an incredibly sophomoric, starry-eyed, seemingly unedited ramble.

I am fascinated by Google, but this awful book, written at the gifted 3rd grade level, makes me think a whole lot less of the company and its founders. Such a shame. I'd love to have my time and money back.
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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-14-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio