The Big Bing

Version: Abridged
Author: Stanley Bing
Narrator: Stanley Bing
Genres: Business & Economics, Comedy
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The definitive collection of thoughts, assaults, and hilarious observations from America's premier business humorist and bestselling author of Throwing the Elephant and What Would Machiavelli Do?
The Big Bing will be a mandatory addition to the library of everyone who works for a living, or would like to. For nearly 20 years, Stanley Bing's funny, wise, pleasantly mean-spirited, and at times even useful columns have delighted readers in the pages of Esquire, Fortune and a variety of other national publications.
Bing has lived the last two decades inside the belly of the corporate beast, clawing his way to the top of one of the great multinational companies in the cosmos. And he has seen it all: the high body count after many a gruesome deal, the machine that grinds up the bones of those who stood in its way, the birth and death of executive dinosaurs (and he's had quite a few lunches with some of them, too). The result is storytelling at its best-sophisticated, amusing, and driven by the kind of insight that only a true insider can possess.
The Big Bing provides a mole's-eye-view of the society in which we all live and work, creating one of the most entertaining, thought-provoking, and just plain funny bodies of work in contemporary letters.

Reviews (4)

Not his best

Written by Anonymous from Woodstock, GA on December 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Mildy amusing, but not the best of Stanley Bing's work. He's usually best when skewering business practices and behaviors, and this one seems to personal, too much of a memoir.

Big Bing

Written by Anonymous on October 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Absolutley terrible. Dry, uninteresting and not coherant. I couldn't even make it through one disc much less 5 of this dribble.

Lots of Bing Bing

Written by DC beltway commuter from Annapolis, MD on March 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

You've got to like Bing. If you enjoy his column in Fortune, you'll like this. Otherwise, skip it. Some real gems in here, and some filler. It is a lot of Bing all at once, though, even for a fan. This might be a good book mix in with other titles as it consists of many segments that stand on their own.

Moderately entertaining

Written by Anonymous on November 19th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I found the book moderately entertaining, but it didn't make me look forward to getting in my car every morning (like a good audiobook should!). I enjoyed it a lot more once I started skipping tracks that didn't thrill me.

Author Details

Author Details

Bing, Stanley

"Stanley Bing first made his appearance in Esquire magazine in 1984, writing scurrilous things about his employers and friends and giving strategic advice to those even more befuddled than he. Rather than risk expulsion from his crabby corporate environment, he created the Bing pseudonym in order to observe and criticize the executive class while at the same time aspiring to its lifestyle. This strategy has for all intents and purposes paid off big-time. Since 1995, Bing has been sniping at the hand that feeds him in the pages of Fortune magazine while functioning as an ultra-haute executive at a huge multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

Bing is also the author of the national bestsellers Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up and What Would Machiavelli Do? The Ends Justify the Meanness, and of the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. "