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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: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780739383599
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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.

Which he used 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. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.

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.


Ben Mezrich, a Harvard graduate, has published ten books, including the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House. He is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor for Flush magazine. Ben lives in Boston with his wife, Tonya.







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Quotes & Awards

  • High-octane page-turners, replete with sex, skullduggery and plot twists worthy of James Patterson New York Times
  • The book is better; you should read the book A-Rod
  • Uproarious. . . . Stimulating enough to keep even an unmedicated narcoleptic awake. The Washington Times
     
  • Mezrich’s prose has a cinematic flavor. The Boston Globe
     
  • You won’t be able to put the book down. The story’s far too compelling, and entirely too personal, to toss aside. The Oregonian

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Buske | 1/20/2014

    " A pretty interesting story, like all of Ben Mezrich's books. Mark Zuckerberg is really a dick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 1/7/2014

    " I should have saved some time and watched the movie instead . . . the story isn't as interesting as I expected, and the writing style didn't impress me. (Too many adjectives -- the author sounded like he was trying to hard.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elliot Richards | 1/5/2014

    " Like his previous book, Bringing Down The House, it's a great read, a real page turner. Whilst I've seen and enjoyed the movie The Social Network, it was good to read the book, though it's the actor's faces that I see rather than the real people! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DW | 12/12/2013

    " A unique and very interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rohit Singh | 12/5/2013

    " well currently I'm reading this book and feeling as if I'm watching the social network. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nambirajan | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting story behind the founding of Facebook..must read for all facebook fans.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yun Huang Yong | 11/3/2013

    " This is the book that inspired The Social Network. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 9/20/2013

    " A very well written book about the fascinating story behind the one website we probably all visit the most each day. It reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down & finished it in 3 days. If "The Social Network" is half as good in movie form, I'll be there opening weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 4/28/2013

    " I probably would have liked this more if I had read it before seeing the movie. Isn't that always the case? "

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

    " good great story; crappy dry, wooden, dead, clunky, unsatisfying prose. I get the feeling Mezrich just likes to name drop because he can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walter | 12/15/2012

    " I found this book a really easy, interesting read. It provides more info, and a more complete picture that "The Social Network." Mezrich has an engaging writing style, although I did find it annoying that he started so many sentences with "We can imagine" "We can only surmise" "We can picture" etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 11/25/2012

    " Very interesting; I liked how the book was chronological; whereas the movie jumped around for dramatic effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graeme Muirhead | 10/4/2012

    " Difficult to know what was the truth and what was made up...still a good story but it ran out of steam in the middle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 7/25/2012

    " This book was pretty dull. Although I didn't care much for the movie either, at least the movie was done with a little artistry, whereas the book is filled with cliches and is written at about an 8th or 9th grade reading level. Inessential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alycia | 7/2/2012

    " yep, this dramatic account for the founding of facebook was quite hilarious. some dorky moments that really made me giggle. anyways overall though, made me want to delete my facebook. silly harvard boys! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dani | 6/26/2012

    " somewhat entertaining but terribly overwritten. there are also creepy allusions to his obsession with white men dating asian women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JC | 6/26/2012

    " i wanted to read this before I watched the movie. I really liked "Bringing Down the House", but not so much this one. Had a little whiny, biased feel to it. But a fun, easy read and an interesting story - especially for a big FB user. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry Heller | 3/7/2012

    " Among my many problems with the book is the fact that it repeatedly misrepresents Harvard University as being overflowing with beautiful women who are fashionably dressed and flirty. I've spent a fair amount of time there. It isn't true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Lynn | 2/4/2012

    " I just did not like the way it was written. It might be because I saw The Social Network so I knew most of this information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heaven is a bookstore | 10/28/2011

    " Book was a million times better than the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 6/30/2011

    " A more comprehensive look at the story behind Facebook than the movie, but still just one-side of the situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 6/28/2011

    " Very interesting read. Regardless of what anyone has to say...Mark Zuckerber is genius...oh and very rich!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 6/28/2011

    " It took me over a year to read this book. I would pick it up, read a couple of pages and put it down.
    If it had been cut by about 1/2-2/3, it would have made a good magazine article, and it would have removed the imaginary parts of the book too.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Onecotton | 6/24/2011

    " Interesting story about how the phenomenon of Facebook got its start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twitteph | 6/23/2011

    " Love it, love it, love it! Heres one of the reasons for Social Network won such so many premiums!!! Made my last summer vacation more happy, recomend "billions" of times, and not "accidentally"! hahahahh XOXO "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 6/22/2011

    " Had I not already seen the movie I probably would have enjoyed this book more but it doesn't really give much more detail than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 6/17/2011

    " This was my first ever audio book & I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the recount of the social mores of Harvard fascinating as was the retelling of the origin of the Facebook phenomenon. Even if only partially true the inter-relationships between the major players were rivetting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylwia | 6/17/2011

    " Read it out of curiosity. Interesting story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/12/2011

    " Though it is clear the book is not the "official story" of the creation of Facebook, ( it was written without Mark Z's input) it was a fascinating story of creativity and the revolution that is Facebook "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcie | 6/10/2011

    " Not a terrible book, but this was the rare case where I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book. And it was not necessary to do both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/7/2011

    " Apenas en las primeras páginas, muy bien hasta ahora. Con una cronología distinta a la película pero inreiblemente bien narrado. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 6/5/2011

    " Although I enjoyed the book and thought it was well written, I think viewing the movie "The Social Network" was an even more enjoyable experience. "

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About the Author
Author Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which was the basis for the hit movie 21, as well as the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.