The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

Brad Stone, read by Dean Temple. Hachette Audio, unabridged, 9 CDs, 10.5 hrs., $30 ISBN 978-1-4789-4111-8
The fast-paced look at the rapidly changing world of the tech industry gets bogged down by the complexity of the story: there are so many young guns, also-rans, VC firms, and temper tantrums that it’s hard for the listener to keep everyone straight. At times the narrative has so many players and so much complexity that the audio format feels overly demanding. Temple’s solid, almost soothing, reading voice provides a steady guide through Stone’s text, although at times his reasonable tone is at odds with the story, like when he softens the edges of Uber founder Travis Kalanick, notorious for his hotheaded iconoclasm and public outbursts. Overall, though, Temple turns in a proficient performance. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 04/03/2017
Release date: 01/01/2017
Genre: Audio
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