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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Daisey Narrator: Mike Daisey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9780739302149
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In 1998, when Amazon.com began to recruit employees, they gave temp agencies a simple directive: send us your freaks. Mike Daisey -- slacker, onetime aesthetics major -- fit the bill. His subsequent ascension, over the course of twenty-one dog years, from lowly temp to customer service representative to business development hustler is the stuff of both dreams and nightmares. Here, with lunatic precision, Daisey describes lightless cube farms in which book orders were scrawled on Post-its while technicians struggled to bring computers back online, as well as fourteen-hour days fueled by caffeine, fanaticism, and illicit day-trading from office desks made out of doors. 

You'll meet Warren, the cowboy of customer service, capable of verbally hog-tying even the most abusive customer; Amazon employee #5, a computer gamer who spends at least six hours a day locked in his office killing goblins but is worth a cool $300 million; and Jean-Michele, Daisey's girlfriend and sparring partner, who tries to keep him grounded, even as dot-com mania seduces them both. 

Read by the author and punctuated by Daisey's hysterically honest fictional missives to CEO Jeff Bezos, 21 Dog Years is an epic story of greed, self-deception, and heartbreak -- a wickedly funny anthem to an era of bounteous stock options and boundless insanity. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamela | 2/13/2014

    " I was hoping for more really funny humor...but then it became really vengeful humor. Still somewhat interesting because we all(well some) become occasionally disillusioned with our jobs. Is what we're thinking really true? I'm always glad when we can find something that suits us better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 2/7/2014

    " An inside look at what Amazon was like in the early years, written by a former employee. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron | 1/14/2014

    " OK, that's enough madness from inside Amazon for a while. Not much insight here, mostly a rant intermixed with weird fan/love letters to Jeff Bezos... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/11/2014

    " I first saw Mike Daisey in 2005 at the Portland Center Stage performing 21 Dog Years, or Doing Time @ Amazon.com as a one man show. The performance was excellent and I still remember him using the analogy of a three legged dog. (a dog with its leg in a trap chews it off and lives to escape but it still loved because who doesn't like dogs even if they have only three legs). He made me realize that I too could escape a job that I truly hated and I also did a geographic cure. I have a photo of a one legged dog in my wallet to remind me of my escape. The book elaborates on his skit and provided a look into the run up of the 90s and dot com's behaving badly and the greed of the time on both sides of the employment desk (door ala deck top). Living in Portland at the time we heard about the travails up in Seattle at Amazon all the time but did not really know what was going on inside. This spells it out with all the warts. The writing is a bit juvenile but I gather that Mike Daisey is a bit juvenile as well. The one man show was much better but I highly recommend the book even though it is getting a little out of date as the years go by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/7/2014

    " Probably funnier in his one-man show, but it was an interesting and witty insight into the inner workings of amazon.com. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Coltrin | 12/30/2013

    " Made me that much more irritated with Amazon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Baker | 12/30/2013

    " Good read. If you enjoy Daisey's shows, you will enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/14/2013

    " I could not put this book down or stop laughing as I was trying to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polarbill | 11/6/2013

    " Very funny read. Anyone who has worked in a call center should give this one a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enrique Guardia | 11/3/2013

    " Interesting read, but not very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 10/4/2013

    " Not a great book, not a life-changing book my any means. I didn't love it. I wasn't moved by it. But it was kind of neat to read about what it is like behind the scenes at Amazon.com. I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree and read it in one evening, so it was definitely worth it. Fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 10/2/2013

    " An amusing tale of the dot com boom as seem through one slacker's eyes during his entertaining and exasperating time at Amazon.com while it was a startup. Those of us that have had a taste of corporate will appreciate the humor and the lengths we go tto sell ourselves to the company line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Topher | 9/17/2013

    " Tempted to hand this one off to my partner so that she can get more insights into why I was crazy / how I was crazy before she and I met. Does a good job explaining some of the insanity of the tech industry during the bubble. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Mitchell | 9/6/2013

    " My cousin gave me this when I graduated from undergrad. It's hilarious until, if you are like me, you realize that this is your f-in life. For those who've not lived working in technology firms, this is a pretty good look at what it is like, and what it was like during the heyday of the boom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jhae | 8/9/2013

    " I wasn't able to finish the book because it keeps lulling me to sleep. I was not really hooked into Mike Daisey's humor, sarcasm and writing style. Well, this book is not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 7/7/2013

    " There's a lot of clever stuff in this book, but it fell a bit flat for me. Nothing revelatory here, but it is an unusual perspective that we don't often get. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Marshall | 2/27/2013

    " About someone who worked at Amazon. Very odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jin | 2/14/2013

    " overall good- i wish the ending didn't end the way it did, but an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/9/2013

    " I know many people that can tell a story like this......pretty funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 11/24/2012

    " There are definitely some funny moments in this book about an Amazon.com employee's time there during the dotcom era. However, it gets bogged down in Daisey's overwhelming sarcasm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spazfungus | 9/12/2012

    " A very blunt, slightly disturbing, but always sarcastically humorous account of working at Amazon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/25/2011

    " Mike Daisey is hilarious and reading the audiobook which is him reading it was the right choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 3/9/2011

    " My cousin gave me this when I graduated from undergrad. It's hilarious until, if you are like me, you realize that this is your f-in life. For those who've not lived working in technology firms, this is a pretty good look at what it is like, and what it was like during the heyday of the boom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 10/11/2009

    " Mike Daisey is a genius: cutting satire, social relevance, and an impeccable sense of comedic timing. His career mostly consists of monologues performed in theatrical settings, but he's supposed to have a film out next year: SEE IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spazfungus | 7/30/2009

    " A very blunt, slightly disturbing, but always sarcastically humorous account of working at Amazon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polarbill | 4/11/2009

    " Very funny read. Anyone who has worked in a call center should give this one a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/9/2009

    " I could not put this book down or stop laughing as I was trying to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jin | 1/3/2009

    " overall good- i wish the ending didn't end the way it did, but an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 9/17/2008

    " Just a bit of fluff I picked up at the library because the title was interesting. "

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