• Digital Wars

  • Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the Battle for the Internet
  • By: Charles Arthur
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rashbrook
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-21-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.1 (215 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Digital Wars starts in 1998, when the Internet and computing business was about to be upended - by an antitrust case, a tiny start-up and a former giant rebuilding it. Charles Arthur here examines the differing strategies of the three best-known tech companies in their battle to win control of the exploding network connecting the world. Microsoft was a giant - soon to become the highest-valued company in the world - while Apple was a minnow and Google just a start-up. By February 2012, Apple was worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. Through the voices of former and current staff, Arthur looks at the tumultuous battle between the three companies and what their various successes meant for us.
©2012 Charles Arthur (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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By Rob on 11-08-14

Different Perspective of a well documented period

A better look at whole these companies competed in a very similar space, and how they choose not to compete.

It really defined what the companies products are, and why they launched what seemed like bad products.

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By Ken Makita on 04-01-14

Interesting History of Tech Giants

What did you love best about Digital Wars?

The wide coverage of story regarding technological advancement in software and hardware involving Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Digital Wars?

I realized it's also a good supplement to Walter Isaacson's work on Steve Jobs

Which character – as performed by Stephen Rashbrook – was your favorite?

Steve Ballmer. It's... quite apt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I was focus and eager to go through all the details.

Any additional comments?

Anyone interested in Information Technology should give this a chance.

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By Lee on 06-30-13

Fascinating

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If like me you lived through the rise of the Internet and computer giants then you will find this fascinating,

What other book might you compare Digital Wars to, and why?

I've not heard a book like this before. It takes what could be a dry subject and makes it fascinating,

What about Stephen Rashbrook’s performance did you like?

The narrator managed to make the book interesting.

Any additional comments?

The rise of Google and Apple and their challenge to Microsoft is described by decade and product. Dell makes an occasional visit as does Blackberry and Intel. The ride of Google from college project to present day is fascinating. Apple challenging MicroSoft and the patters failure to change and innovate quickly is very interesting.

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By James on 07-04-13

Decent summary of interesting times

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book brings together a lot of history and separates out the issues for easy understanding. Those interested in this area should find it a good listen, it's a time-saver to get a good overview of early Internet history without reading lots of other books.

Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Arthur? Why or why not?

I was already impressed by Charles Arthur from his interviews in The Guardian's Tech Weekly podcast, but it felt like any technology student could have done the research to put this book together. There is little of the insight and awareness that comes across in his work on the podcast.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Rashbrook’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's a bit serious and dramatic sounding but didn't get in the way of the book.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, but it would be a bit dull, the characters do not come to life in the book.

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By Amol on 11-14-16

Book feels like for Apple and against Microsoft

Very good information about how these three giants have fought and competed against each other for technologies and markets. Somewhere it starts to feel that this book is for Apple and against Microsoft. May be true in reality that Apple became number one in its product range, Microsoft did not succeed in those products, but what about products Microsoft built and Apple/Google lost? I am not a Microsoft fan (not Apple fan either), just expressing what I felt on listening this book.

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