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Sophia of Silicon Valley

A Novel
By: Anna Yen
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, Sophia of Silicon Valley is one woman's story of a career storming the corridors of geek power and living in the shadow of its outrageous cast of maestros.

During the heady years of the tech boom, incorrigibly frank Sophia Young lucks into a job that puts her directly in the path of Scott Kraft, the eccentric CEO of Treehouse, a studio whose animated films are transforming movies forever. Overnight, Sophia becomes an unlikely nerd whisperer. Whether her success is due to dumb luck, savage assertiveness, insightful finesse (learned by dealing with her irrational Chinese immigrant mother), or a combination of all three, in her rarified position she finds she can truly shine.

As Scott Kraft's right-hand woman, whip-smart Sophia is in the eye of the storm, sometimes floundering, sometimes nearly losing relationships and her health, but ultimately learning what it means to take charge of her own future the way the men around her do. But when engineer/inventor Andre Stark hires her to run his company's investor relations, Sophia discovers that the big paycheck and high-status career she's created for herself may not be worth living in the toxic environment of a boys' club gone bad.

©2018 Anna Yen (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • RueRue
  • 19-10-18

Obnoxious main character

I really had a hard time relating to Sophia. She claims to be timid and lacking confidence, but acts like the Queen of Silicon Valley. The male characters in her orbit are all jerks. The only person I liked in the entire book was her mother.

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  • N. Dandridge
  • 07-06-18

Too close to home?

I was excited to read this book - I worked (indirectly) for Elon Musk for 8 years so I felt a kinship. But I found I didn't like her writing, didn't like her amazement with herself, and didn't like the story. I admit that much of what she writes about Andre Stark (the Elon character) ran very true based on my experience but I grew tired of her self-assessed skill at being able to "handle" these difficult powerful men. My biggest gripe was her inability to get along with the Ion CFO. My gawd - she had a scheduled phone interview with him and she blew him off TWICE and wonders why he doesn't like her in their first in-person interview. And yet she never seems to take any blame herself.
The author's career is impressive and I'm sure she'd be a fun person to talk to; but she should probably stick to working with startups and VCs and leave fiction writing to those who are better trained.
I finished this book because it was a book club selection - but it wasn't easy.

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  • Wayne and Margie
  • 18-04-18

I loved this book!

I chose this book because it looked like it would be a nice, easy, light read. I was hooked from the beginning. Everything about it was entertaining. Sophia’s character, her life, career, etc are all so interesting. I kept wanting to know what she was going to do next. I was so disappointed when I came to the end. I hope another book is in the works soon!

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  • Steve
  • 12-04-18

Outstanding!

This will go down as one of my favorite books I’ve ever listened to on Audible. It’s a rush of emotions; you root for the main character and can’t wait to hear the next chapter. The author does an outstanding job of grabbing your attention and holding it until the very end. Can’t wait to read her next work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-19

Empowering. Highly recommended!

Great narrator, riveting story! Love how the main character grows into her power—what a role model!

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  • Harrison Shapiro
  • 06-05-19

Fantastic book!

Great book, very captivating. I laughed and cried. Loved the story. Great read. Never a dull part.

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  • Vanessa Melendez
  • 03-04-19

UMMMM...

I feel like this book was on a great track and then it just... got very lost. I feel like characters were developed and then lost completely. I wasn't a fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

A wonderful, modern day fairytale

Sophia is the heroine who rescues herself. I loved every minute of it, and I hope there is a sequel to come.