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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 23 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 14, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B002HIT0J0
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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook Audible – Unabridged
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The digital economy has spawned a series of meteoric companies and overnight billionaires over the past three decades. And just when it seemed this phenomenon had passed its zenith, along came Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. Yet another geeky kid with a high IQ and anarchistic tendencies, Zuckerberg created the precursor to Facebook as a hacker's prank during his short stint as a Harvard undergraduate. When the prank "went viral" literally overnight within the Harvard community, Zuckerberg knew he was onto something much bigger than he bargained for.
There were other ideas for online social networks being explored at the time. At Harvard itself, a couple of wealthy six-foot-five crew champions - identical twins - had a similar notion. The Winklevoss brothers knew little about computers, however, and had hired a programmer for the project, who dawdled with it for a while and then quit suddenly. To complete the task, the twins turned to Mark Zuckerberg, who was miles beneath them in social status at Harvard but had become an instant campus celebrity when he hacked the University computers.Read more ›
All of his books follow the same formula: A young, brilliant man suddenly finds fortune and girls by using his skills to make money in interesting ways. Usually he has a mentor. His success causes some friction with his friends, but he eventually wins out, albeit at a price. This formula is so rigid one wonders if Mezrich begins his books with a Word Template... Chapter Five - Hero realizes the idea will make lots of money... Chapter Eight - Hero gets with girl way out of his league...
The characters seem like hand-puppets even though they are allegedly real-life personas. You have the unlucky-in-love nerd, his pushover sidekick, and the jealous jocks. The dialogue is so mundane and contrived you can't imagine anyone talking that way.
As for women, they exist only as status symbols in Mezrich's books.
Now, the story about the founding of a website will not excite most readers, so Mezrich tries to sex it up with stories of lavish parties and groupies. The problem is Mezrich admits to creative storytelling in the Forward-- collapsing time frames, combining characters, even imagining scenarios. So, in effect, everything not publicly documented could be fabricated.
As a history or bigraphy, then, we already know that the book is useless. But it also fails as a compelling drama. In some chapters basically nothing happens. Mezrich will spend pages describing the setting in detail, the characters will make a few remarks, and then the chapter ends. What was it about? Why was it important? Who knows.Read more ›
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I've love reading Ben Mezrich books. I call them "millionaire porn"; they're usually about New Englanders who become impossibly rich at unusual ventures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason A. Miller
Interesting read if you didn't know the history of facebook. Used it for a law class. Very easy smooth reading.Published 4 months ago by Robert D.
If you saw the movie "the social network" then you already know the story. It's sure interesting. Mark Zuckerberg doesn't come out of this one looking like a saint. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Sparrenberger
This book was very interesting it's a fictional book. If you want some entertainment it's an excellent choice but for more accurate information about Facebook I recommend "The... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Soreasan
The invention of Facebook is a fascinating story but this book fails to deliver any hook. The characters come across very flat, the timeline drags, and there is no over-reaching... Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Frazier
I listened to this book on CD's and had picked it up because I wanted to know something about the origins of Facebook. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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