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Who Moved My Blackberry?: A Novel

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  457 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Martin Lukes is a superstar at the office and at home--just ask him. Blessed with an ego the size of Mount Everest and virtually no sense of self, he blusters through life with cheerful obliviousness. Who Moved My BlackBerry? is the uproarious e-epistolary story of one spectacularly bad year in his life, during which Martin hires an executive coach to help him achieve "22. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Hachette Books (first published July 7th 2005)
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Lucy Kellaway is a journalist with the Financial Times. In addition to her Monday columns, in which she humorously berates the silliness of corporate life, she creates Martin Lukes, a director of the British branch of a fictitious US multinational. Lukes has his own weekly column in the Financial Times in form of e-mail exchanges.

Her column, one of the very few things I look forward to on Mondays, is in the line of Fortune's Stanley Bing (who has since come out of the closet and written numerous
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Ross Vincent
As I have said before, one of my reading weaknesses is journals and diaries. Well, with the 21st century comes the newest versions- blogs and e-mails. This novel falls under this newest category. During the course of one year, the reader is introduced to the successes and failures of Martin Lukes, a director of Marketing at a Global company (that seems to do NOTHING… I am wondering if this the same company that Dilbert works for…). Using messages sent by e-mail, blackberry, and text messages, o ...more
Oleg Kagan
In the tradition of Dilbert and The Office, Who Moved My Blackberry ruthlessly lampoons the corporate environment. From the constant corporate-speak to the multi-million dollar re-branding projects to the obsession with being better then 110%, this book has it all.

Who Moved My Blackberry follows the emails and text messages of marketing director Martin Lukes as he bumbles his way through office and family life. While I spent the beginning of the book rooting for his demise, after a while, I real
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Anna Senina
Возобновление забытого стиля - роман в письмах.

Понравится работникам крупных корпораций и любителям сарказма =)
Kellie
What a colossal waste of time. Maybe I just don't relate enough to it to "get" it. I was told this book was very funny, but the only part amusing to me was when the person that took the Blackberry started to send those crazy emails.

I thought Martin was a grade-A ass. I didn't like the way he did his job and I didn't like the way he treated the people around him. I also didn't like how an email from the HR person mentioned Martin's "sister" and her "accident" but that situation was never mentione
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Julián
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Denise
Aug 21, 2009 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David Brent
Amusing spin on 'Who Moved my Cheese'. I loved how the sector he works in is never identified as essentially it has no bearing on the nonsense passing for work that this man does. If you've ever felt swamped by the business-speak which passes for communication in many large organisations today, this will raise a wry smile of recognition. Now go out there and pick that low-hanging fruit.
Diana
If you've ever looked over someone's shoulder while they're on their blackberry then this book will definitely satisfy your "peeping tom" tendencies. In sumation, the book is set-up to look like a log of all of Martin Luke's e-mail and text correspondence. How he's always the "victim" and it's clear he's the office "jerk".
Veronika Sokolova
Loved it loved it loved it. Really funny and witty - a must read for anyone working in corporate Britain. As good as Lucy FT column and a much better read than "office hours".
Rebecca
So stupid, yet so entertaining at the same time! Stuff like this annoys me, yet I can never look away! My question with this book is, is it based on something real? Could anything so stupid happen in real life? And I am guessing that the answer is yes. The format for this book was all email based and one thing that was good, is the majority of the book was all written from the side of this guy who was kind of an asshole. He had some high power job, but you where never really sure what he or his ...more
Sharon
This book is a total take-off on a man who thinks he is really into personal growth and "winning" but really he is an inflated unaware jerk who communicates to people only through email.

Ok, we only "see" the email conversations because the whole book is written in the form of emails to all the people in his life. The main character has such an uninformed view of himself and others that it is actually funny!

He employs a coach to become "22.5% better than his very bestest!"

One of the ironies is t
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My second time of reading; having last read this book some four or five years ago.

Acutely observed and very funny, in an ever so charmingly excruciating vein. Anyone who has worked for a large corporation in the last decade will recognise the scenario: how stand-alone soft-skill training companies attach themselves like hungry leeches to big corporate training department budgets; and how ‘corporate speak’ and company politics has a life and meaning entirely of its own; divorced from real life a
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missy(browneyes)
Do you make lunch plans with your colleagues via instant messaging/email, when they are actually just seated next to you? Welcome to the 21st Century.

Meet Martin Lukes then - a middle-aged corporate rat, who's obsessed with his Blackberry, striving to break into the top ranks of management. Who Moved My Blackberry? tells the story of an irksome lead through his emails with his colleagues, wife, son, mistress and a shrink (Martin insists it's a Life Coach). Anyone whose amibition lies beyond the
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Rachel
3.5

This book has some truly hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments -- usually moments of disbelief (ex: the CEO admitting that today is the happiest day of his life, except perhaps for the first time he had sex). The main character is perhaps the biggest tool ever. It is frighteningly laughable at how apt a satire this is. You can read the entire book and never really figure out what exactly this company does. The satire is thorough: spending, buzzwords, scandals, double-talk, and general hot-air tha
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Michael
Si fuera una bebida, la calificaria de "refrescante". Un libro divertidisimo, narrado a traves de los correos electronicos que el protagonista envia (ni una vez lee el lector un correo que no sea del protagonista). Ahora, el libro es, para mi, como la poesia: para que uno la crea buena, tiene que identificarse de alguna manera con lo que transmite el poema, sentir que es algo que uno ha vivido, visto. Y exactamente eso paso con esta novela: he visto mas de una vez rasgos claros del protagonista ...more
Dima
Aug 27, 2007 Dima rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: relevantfun
you know, i always thought that most working people think too highly of themselves. i have also met enough important people who are more humble than beggars. the difference is just too much to describe. i could never express my views on the subject as good as Lucy Kellaway and Martin Lukes. i'm a slow reader and never finished a book in less than 3 days, but i did it with this one.

funny and really a quick read, which is how i like my literature, it's one of those to which i return only to read o
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Lynsey
The reviews on the back of this book waffle on about how geniusely funny this is...hmmm...I chuckled. There were no laugh out loud on the tube moments for me just the odd smile at something vaguely humorous is all.
It's a good idea for a book. Basically you're reading all of the main characters supposed outgoing emails and he's a bit of a dick so it can make for some vaguely amusing moments but more often than not it just makes you want to see him suffer for being such a dick. It's a really easy
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Suzanna
My partner recommended this given I had just started a new job and the company I work for is in the midst of a corporate reform. One disaster after another, it was painstaking to read at times and so close to home at other times but highly amusing. An interesting format.
Ingrid Parker
Very funny...There is one in every office. I know-I worked with that Guy.
Sarah
The only reason I kept listening to this book was that I wanted to know how Martin Lukes (the main character) had his life ruined. This is a British satire on corporate life of an upper level managment type. He is self-centered, and an idiot. Everything we imagine the people who are ruining companies to be.

The British humor wasn't totally lost on me, but didn't make the book good. A lot of was left to be desired. I enjoyed that the book was written in e-mails. That was about it.

Overall, the boo
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Christopher
A light-hearted satirical take on the year in the life of an arrogant, naive, marketing director told through his emails.

It sounds like a good idea, but after oh, about page three, the joke wears thin. Which is a pity, because the characters are good and the plot, such as it is, races along like a Tom Sharpe farce. And it is an acute observation on life in the office and the obsessions and cliches of working round the water cooler.

Nothing more than a light-hearted humerous page-turner; but then
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Jen3n
Sep 01, 2010 Jen3n rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
I suppose this book had its funny moments. I guess I'm just too far removed from people like this in the book to really be the proper audience; and the concept is so old and over used, and the writing is just okay.... But not awful. It was a *shrug* sort of book.

It was an interesting take on an epistolary novel, though. Very modern. I liked that part.

As to the rest? Predictable, mostly. But still not . . . awful.> I didn't really care enough about it to either like it or hate it. Such is life
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Sarra
Aug 07, 2008 Sarra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarra by: Bookcrosser
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2008
Funny and quick read. Would probably appeal more to someone who had experience with marketing. Using email messages as the medium to tell his story, the author sketches out about a year in the life of his self-absorbed protagonist Martin Lukes. According to Martin, the world revolves around Martin, and he spends much of his 'working' time catering to his self esteem. Particularly funny are the emails gone wrong, where he accidentally sends to the wrong party, funnier still is the damage control.
John Threadgill
Life of a marketing executive. It is told using transcripts of emails that he has sent (including the odd few that went awry!).

This reminded me so much of a guy we used to have in sales. Ego bigger than his talent. So relevant. Where I work we have gone through numerous questionable rebrandings and recently a "right sizing" exercise. Yet to do a "right shoring" but wouldn't in the least be surprised if it's proposed.
Mr.soule
This is a funny, light-hearted book following the electronic correspondence self-centered guy driven to prove how great he is at everything, while often ignoring those who should be most important in his life. I suppose it's funny, because it calls out what can too often be a part of our human nature magnified in our ultra-competitive, consumerist society. Sad, but still I had a few laughs...
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Lucy Kellaway is the management columnist at the Financial Times. Her column is syndicated in The Irish Times. In addition she has worked as energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and interviewer of business people and celebrities, all with the FT. She has become best known for her satirical commentaries on the limitations of modern corporate culture. She is a regular commenta ...more
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