This is the story of MySpace, a powerhouse Internet company that rose from humble beginnings to become nothing less than one of the centerpieces of Rupert Murdoch's media empire. No one would have predicted that this company—barely funded, technologically inept, conceptually derivative, and driven by rivalries—would morph into the biggest Internet site in the world. This fascinating and surprising story includes all the elements of a great business narrative: obsessive characters, relentless and unlikely innovation, and dizzying backroom deal-making—all centered around an epic battle for control.
Acclaimed journalist Julia Angwin delivers a savvy, smart account reminiscent of Kurt Eichenwald and Barbarians at the Gate.
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"The vast majority of MySpace users won't find this lengthy history particularly engaging. However, Paul Michael Garcia's inflection, emphasis, and delivery help improve the narrative, moving it in a way the text itself doesn't. It's not that Angwin's prose is difficult. She provides an impressive history filled with the details that helped bring MySpace into existence. Yet, it's in those extensive details that the print reader may get bogged down. Thus, Garcia's performance can give listeners an edge in getting through the less-compelling material. Also, given that MySpace was created by a younger, hip generation of 20- and 30-year olds, Garcia's vibrant voice adds that bit of youth and vigor. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"