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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mezrich Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends, outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women.

Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance, and sexual success, was getting invited to join one of the university's Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard.

Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order. And he used his genius to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university's computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus and subsequently crashing the university's servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed - a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers - makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost, and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaelie | 2/6/2014

    " I'm not sure why I expected a happy ending on this, but it certainly was a fast and interesting read. The author did a fine job turning the documentation and interviews into a narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Allison | 1/29/2014

    " This book is moderately interesting but I can't stand the way it is written. The author states right up front that he recreated and imagined some scenes and that he had no access to Mark Zuckerberg. Since we already know this, there is no reason that every other paragraph needs to read "We can imagine that..." or "In his own mind.." (the phrase I found most annoying). The constant need to remind you that maybe this isn't entirely, 100% accurate because we only got one side of the story, is annoying and takes you out of the book. It's clearly the source material for The Social Network, but in the film Sorkin writes better dialogue and isn't afraid to create a story. Maybe Mezrich should have just called it fiction and he would have felt freer in his writing. If he wanted something strictly fact based, this isn't it, but it also isn't well written enough to be a compelling narrative (and adds almost nothing if you've seen the film). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Miss C. Simple | 1/25/2014

    " In some ways, the book was very intriguing, but I found myself plagued with ending fatigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brett | 1/24/2014

    " Another great book by Mezrich. He is able to truly capture the emotional rollercoaster of deceit that surrounds the founding of facebook. "

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