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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David A. Vise, Mark Malseed Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739321621
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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 Disney's, McDonald's and General Motors' combined, its staff enjoys free meals inspired by a former chef for the Grateful Dead, 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 books, videos, personal genetic records and more to its searchable database.

Readers 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; the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to shake up Wall Street, scoop up YouTube, and challenge Microsoft's dominance at every turn. Not afraid of controversy, Google is looking to expand in Communist China and pursuing other projects that may come to test the founders' mantra: DON'T BE EVIL.

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Quotes & Awards

  • An interesting read on a powerhouse company…if you haven’t read anything about one of today’s most influential companies, you should. If you don’t read The Google Story, you’re missing a few extra treats.—USA Today
  • Fascinating…meticulous…never bogs down…Even if you think you’ve heard about Google ad nauseam, you will find new items about this important company. Houston Chronicle
  • An intriguing insider view of the Google culture. Harvard Business Review
  • [The authors] do a fine job of recounting Google’s rapid rise and explaining its search business. New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Satya | 2/17/2014

    " True to its name - a wonderful insight into Google in its entirety; the technology, the people , the business model and everything that is Google ..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Burgess | 2/12/2014

    " Seems like rather a puff piece until about 2/3 through, though I don't suppose I should be surprised. Plenty informative, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Itzehoe | 2/3/2014

    " a great look behind the scenes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muhammad | 1/25/2014

    " Google, isn't just a search engine.. it's an Inovation.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Boswell | 1/20/2014

    " Sounds like someone who owns GOOG wrote this one. It makes the founders sound like God's among men. They are brilliant, but they aren't as faultless as the book would have you believe. I would have liked to hear more of the real story. Maybe I'm cynical... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhagej Chimankare | 1/18/2014

    " intriguing story of Larry and Sergy, their friendship, their foresight and their commitment to the internet based search "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kumar Vinit | 1/18/2014

    " This book gave a very good insight into the whole life of Google company- how it rose from scratch to a multi-billionaire behemoth which is in today's world used n loved by every one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JK | 1/15/2014

    " I found the story interesting, but the writing was awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhishek | 12/29/2013

    " gripping story indeed on how Google became such a behemoth...covers the story really well... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Frank | 11/26/2013

    " A bit heavy on the Google praise, I nonetheless enjoyed finding out about how Google got its start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zidni Agni | 11/15/2013

    " makes you a new open minded technopreneur "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuniasih | 11/9/2013

    " hebat si oom google neh... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krchin | 10/31/2013

    " This book is a basic overview of some of the key moments and highlights that happened during Google's history. It does not go into much detail on what makes Google successful though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aseem | 10/27/2013

    " One of the most interesting stories of the most successful tech-startup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prie Tea | 7/18/2013

    " Google akan jadi kekuatan ekonomi yg mengubah cara kerja dunia. Google lebih disukai daripada Microsoft yang sepak terjangnya banyak membawa korban. Filosofi Google membuat orang mencintainya, apalagi sahamnya bagus... Dan buku ini menggambarkan Google secara utuh.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheffy | 5/17/2013

    " The only business profile book I've read--this is a fascinating company, yet slightly Orwellian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 VJ | 1/5/2013

    " Didn't find anything particularly striking about the book or the story. No takeaways in most cases. Maybe one or two anecdotes here and there but that's that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abhilash | 11/15/2012

    " Book on the birth of Google. Gives a bit about the history on Google. But nothing that you don't already know. Would not recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jpp | 9/17/2011

    " Amazing sucess story which helps to understand the new world created by two genious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nike | 8/17/2011

    " Belum selesai sih dibacanya, cuma udah ketauan betapa kerennya si Google ini. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 7/28/2011

    " I grabbed this in an airport bookstore a few years ago, since it looked like the least trashy book they had. There's some interesting information, but the writing isn't that great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aseem | 6/16/2011

    " One of the most interesting stories of the most successful tech-startup. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deepak | 5/11/2011

    " A powerful story mediocrely told. Definitely not recommended for anyone wanting a real insight into Google. Patchy narrative, not gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samyuktha | 5/3/2011

    " All I can is that I fell in love with Google - more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pedro | 4/5/2011

    " Talvez o livro fundamental sobre a história do Google. É bem didático, ainda que muito pouco crítico. Estou pesquisando a vida do Larry Page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 3/10/2011

    " It gave me an inside view to one of the world's most influential companies. It was interesting but did not contain anything really outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pradeep | 1/25/2011

    " Must read to know the Google Story. It 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/11/2011

    " A company I admire. Its great to to read that a giant came out of a small nevertheless mighty app which made google a verb. "

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About the Author
Author David A. ViseDavid A. Vise is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller The Bureau and the Mole. Mark Malseed, who has contributed to the Washington Post and the Boston Herald, has won high praise for his research efforts on Bob Woodward’s recent books, Plan of Attack and Bush at War.
About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.