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Brock

Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain

So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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  • "An amazing company with an amazing ..."

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    I was very eager to get my hands on this book, and it definitely did not disappoint. It was only 18 years ago that Amazon began selling books online, at a time when there were so many doubters. Jeff Bezos was unfazed by the skepticism he faced, as many execs of other companies told him the limitations of selling exclusively online would drammatically limit their potential. I know they weren't the first company to sell online, but Amazon definitely represents one of the pioneers in this industry. I remember Amazon's huge run-up in their early stock prices, and marvelling at the insane amounts of money being bet on a company that had not even been close to making a profit. Then in 2001, when the bottom fell out of all the tech-stock speculation, it looked like they would never survive, but they did, and went on to amazing heights. This book thoroughly covers Amazon's journey from their inception to the present day.

    The Everything Store was incredibly well researched, with over 300 interviews conducted. The story is a great one, of how they broke into online sales with books, and wouldn't stop pushing the limits until they were the online sales leaders in every market possible. Stone does a perfect job of telling the story from start to finish. It never slows down or gets boring. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.

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    The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
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A Peek at Daryl's Bookshelf

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Daryl's greatest hits:
  • Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds

    "Bending, not Breaking"

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    This book is an incredible story of resilliance during Mao's reign in China. It flashes back and forth between Ping's time in America and her growing up years in China. I am normally not a big fan of this biographical style, but it actually works well here, with an American life being transposed with Chinese life... very well done.

    While I am normally a big fan of Robin Miles, her as the choice of narrator is an unusual one. This is not her best performance, stilted in spots, and having an African-American reading a Chinese biography is a bit odd. However, I have to say that Robin Miles on her worst day is better than many narrators on their best.

    Enjoy this rich biography!

  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    "This book deserves all of its awards!"

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    What made the experience of listening to Society's Child the most enjoyable?

    This is a full-on audio book experience. The fact that Audible chose to produce it was an incredible choice on their part. With Janice Ian singing and playing her own songs, even going so far as to reenact the process of writing a song... words just cannot express how amazing this book is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Society's Child?

    There were so many! I couldn't pick just one!


    What does Janis Ian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The music, the singing, the emotions as she recounts the joys and sorrows in her own life... this book is incredible


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I squirreled away time as often as possible to finish this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Better reviewers than I have put into words the incredible experience of listening to this book - I will not overshadow them. This is the story of rags to riches to rags, of pain, of joy... download this book!

Matt

Matt Parkdale, Australia 05-29-14
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  • "A Great Listen - Fascinating and En..."

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    Found it hard to put this down. It's beautifully written and read. A very easy listen too.

    The author tells a great story but is at pains to include important historical details. It's very detailed but well paced. I like the way the chapters are organised into different sections of Rockefeller's life.

    Even though this was written in the 1990s the narrative style has a certain late 19th / early 20th century flavour to it. The reader's style works well with the words, he manages to evoke the age, steeping the listening experience in atmosphere.

    I'd imagine years of painstaking research have gone into creating this book.

    Last week I knew very little about Rockefeller. Now I know a lot about the man, his beginnings, how he built his fortune, his saintly, human, crooked and cunning sides, his mind boggling philanthropy and more besides.

    We humans love to paint others as either one thing or the other, good or bad, saintly or evil. This is a great study how someone can have so many contrasting and contradictory sides to their character. I would have loved to have met Rockefeller, especially in his old age. He was an astoundingly, fine, cunning, complex and brilliant character.

    On balance I'd say the book is quite sympathetic to Rockefeller, but that's not surprising. He was vilified from afar, but close up had a way of winning people over. The book does devote plenty of space to his misdeeds however, and lays responsibility firmly at his door for these.

    Loved it!

    I want to listen to more audio books like this.

    Strongly recommended.

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    Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

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    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"

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    Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (






UNABRIDGED) by Tony Hsieh Narrated by Tony Hsieh

    Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

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    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
  • 4.6 (1308 ratings)
    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson

    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
  • 4.3 (903 ratings)
    The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (






UNABRIDGED) by Brad Stone Narrated by Pete Larkin

    The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
  • 4.5 (721 ratings)
    The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Alice Schroeder Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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    • By Alice Schroeder
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    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Richard J. Riker says: "2,220 well-invested minutes!"
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    Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (






UNABRIDGED) by Edwin Lefevre Narrated by Rick Rohan

    Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

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    • By Edwin Lefevre
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    First published in 1923, this lightly fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest market speculators ever, is widely regarded as one of best investment books of all time. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the resource that generations of investors have turned to when they needed deeper insight into their own investing habits and those of others. Listen to this work, featuring narrator Rick Rohan, and you'll soon discover your portfolio growing in new and unexpected ways!

    Mike says: "A Good Listen"
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    The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert A. Caro Narrated by Robertson Dean

    The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

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    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
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    The Greatest Trade Ever: How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History (






UNABRIDGED) by Gregory Zuckerman Narrated by Marc Cashman

    The Greatest Trade Ever: How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History

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    • By Gregory Zuckerman
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    In 2006, hedge fund manager John Paulson realized something few others suspected--that the housing market and the value of subprime mortgages were grossly inflated and headed for a major fall. Paulson's background was in mergers and acquisitions, however, and he knew little about real estate or how to wager against housing. He had spent a career as an also-ran on Wall Street. But Paulson was convinced this was his chance to make his mark. He just wasn't sure how to do it....

    David says: "Better Books Now Available"
  • Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

    Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

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    • By Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
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    Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny - wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

  • The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything (






UNABRIDGED) by Jason Kelly Narrated by Brett Barry

    The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything

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    • By Jason Kelly
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    What do Dunkin' Donuts, J. Crew, Toys "R" Us, and Burger King have in common? They are all currently or just recently were owned, operated, and controlled by private equity firms. The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything takes the listener behind the scenes of these firms: their famous billionaire founders, the overlapping stories of their creation and evolution, and the outsized ambitions that led a group of clever bankers from small shops into powerhouse titans of capital.

    Arman says: "Enjoyable story, not so enjoyable narration"