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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon | [Brad Stone]

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Business/Educational, 2014

The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.

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.

Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving listeners the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators - Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg - Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.

The Everything Store will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

©2013 Brad Stone (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Tim United States 11-19-14
    Tim United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "Can't Click Elsewhere"

    People freaks out when Walmart take over their neighborhood, but what about Amazon? When the Internet got big in the hey days, there were many choices besides Amazon. Even though they might not had the best prices, consumers had a choice to click elsewhere other than Amazon.

    Now, Jeff Bezos is becoming another Sam Walton and taking over cyberspace by buying out or bullying other retailers. Bezos is not just a 10,000 pound gorilla, but he is the mother of all homepages whenever you need something to buy.

    "The Everything Store" is somewhat an okay read. I don't really consider it to be a business book because there is no technical detail on the business and you don't really learn anything other than Jeff Bezos laugh and bullying. There isn't really enough history in this book on the company. It was mostly about the guy almost always getting his way.

    We cannot click elsewhere anymore because its all "An Amazon Company."

    In 2008 Amazon bought Audible for 300 million and other than the public library, there aren't any other sites to purchase audiobooks anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blaine Moore Maine 09-25-14
    Blaine Moore Maine 09-25-14
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    "Interesting Story About Amazon"
    What did you love best about The Everything Store?

    I enjoyed some of the early details about Amazon that I hadn't heard about before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sell Everything


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    Steaven Chan Torrance, CA United States 09-02-14
    Steaven Chan Torrance, CA United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up The Everything Store in three words, what would they be?

    Must read for entrepreneurs.


    What other book might you compare The Everything Store to and why?

    Johnny Ive by Leander Kahney, shows the depth of enthusiasm and achievements of both men in their respective fields.


    Have you listened to any of Pete Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, but I really enjoy listening to this one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From Books to Everything


    Any additional comments?

    Could not stop listening to this book, very well written and delivered, love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Smartypants 08-26-14
    Smartypants 08-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Well written business biography"
    Would you listen to The Everything Store again? Why?

    Absolutely. Jeff Bezos is a fascinatingly complex character and Brad Stone does a great job relaying his story.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Larkin – was your favorite?

    Pete Larkin does an excellent job portraying Bezos as a leader who is both admirable and feared.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

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    Pat 08-25-14
    Pat 08-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very worthwhile read/listen"

    I found this book very interesting and learned a lot about both Bezos and the many failures and path corrections through the years. The story was well told and seemed without bias when pointing out failures, successes and quirky personality traits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 08-12-14
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Stuff"

    I did not like this book at all. I was hoping for insight on Bezos and received nothing. I already knew the story of how Bezos grew up, so the first half of the book was boring. There was no substance in the creation of Amazon. This book should have waited to come out.

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    Trish Virginia 07-02-14
    Trish Virginia 07-02-14 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Very Interesting!!"

    Our family's first experience with Amazon.com was a disaster!! My son was excited he could order something for everyone online, have it wrapped and shipped to him ready for Christmas giving. It turned out to be a very frustrating experience, and I thought this company would NEVER make it! Of course, watching it subsequently take over the retail world, I just shook my head.

    So listening to this book was incredibly interesting to me. My first surprise was that our bad experience was five years into the company's existence--I would have guessed it was their first holiday season! And the fact that they didn't even have a profitable quarter for the first 6 1/2 years of existence, and still continued to operate (with shareholders by that time) is beyond comprehension. It's one thing for a small business to grow slowly, but this was never a small venture. It started with BIG ideas and admirable principals, and refused to budge just to show a profit.

    I found this story enjoyable to listen to. The narrator was excellent, and the book was thoroughly researched and very well written. My one tiny complaint is that sometimes the writing did not strictly follow a timeline--the time would jump a bit as the author followed a subject he was writing about, and as a listener, I had trouble keeping up with where we were in time. Minor issue for an otherwise excellent and interesting listening experience.

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    Avin Bansal 04-16-14
    Avin Bansal 04-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Business nonfiction that keeps you on your toes!"
    What did you love best about The Everything Store?

    It was fascinating to travel back in time and see how Amazon made the decisions they did and how Jeff Bezos' personality has directly impacted Amazon's success.


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

    Helps visualize the scenes vividly.


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    Todd A. Finkle 04-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about The Everything Store?

    In-depth look at the psychological make-up and motivation of Bezos. Also great look at the founding and growth of Amazon.com. Takes you through so many of their successes and failures through acquisitions and innovations. Realistic view of the culture that Bezos has created and the type of person who excels at Amazon. At times, a little too technical for non-engineers like me, but still worth the read.


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    Philip Livingston 04-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing - more of a stk mkt history"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Really too bad that this book didn't get into depth on the characters and the essential plot. It's more of business journalist's compilation of anecdotes and Wall St commentary. The genius of the service and the leaders aren't really captured.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Stone’s story?

    Thin and superficial more journalist style


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Pete Larkin?

    Yes well read


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Everything Store?

    Scenes where he recants some negative analyst reports and reactions. I don't think the Steve Jobs book contained such a Wall St viewpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone should take another stab at the Bezos story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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