• The Google Story

  • Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time
  • By: David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-11-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (18 ratings)


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.
©2005 David A. Vise (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By William on 30-11-05

Good book, terrible narrator

The narrator reduces what could be an interesting book into dull listen.

He has this infuriating habit of reading in a mono-tone drawl, but stretching the last word of every sentence and dropping a couple of tones. It becomes so annoying that you end up waiting for each last word drop and not listening to the text! It's almost if he took cheap correspondance course in news reading.

3 stars for the book, 1 star for the narration. Avoid.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Danielle on 14-11-06

Interesting insider look at Google

Ok, I agree, the Narrator is a little irritating with a soppy voice - if you can get over it, the book gives a fascinating insiders view on how Google started, it's work ethics and future plans and goals. Very inspiring.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Roger on 19-08-07

Very Good

I listed to both this book and "Search". This book has more colorful and historical stories on Google. But "Search" has better material on history, strategy, and technology. I would recommend listening to "Search" first and this one second.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Brian A. on 16-09-06


I purchased this book in order to get a detailed look at the ideas and practices that made Google the success it is today. While this information is present, it is so overwhelmed by the fawning and sycophantic praise of the company and its founders that I was completely distracted.

Within the first few minutes, the author has already dubbed the company founders as geniuses, in a class by themselves, and more worthy of praise than American inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. And that's just a sample.

It makes it very difficult to trust any aspect of the book as objective.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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