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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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    jamesh-lantern-media Scotch Plains, NJ 03-17-15
    jamesh-lantern-media Scotch Plains, NJ 03-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "One of my favorite books - you should read it..."

    I loved The Everything Store... I learned so much about Amazon and Jeff Bezos that was interesting... I loved the research that Mr Stone put in talking to the people around Jeff Bezos, yet it wasn't an autobiography so you got the "warts and all" version... It was just a well-told story on all fronts...

    Going in, I had no idea of the warrior mentality at Amazon caused by Mr. Bezos. Jeff Bezos was one of the jerkiest people around, but damned if he weren't one of the smartest and ambitious people ever to walk the planet. I still don't know if I love or hate the guy, but I have complete respect for him... He is up there with Steve Jobs as a person who changed the world...

    While I was doing the audiobook version on my commute into work, I would be telling people around me what cool or arrogant thing Jeff did during my commute time reading... And more than one person picked up the book afterwards.

    Great book - you should read it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Samuelson Woodinville, WA USA 01-12-15
    J. Samuelson Woodinville, WA USA 01-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Incredibly interesting, but long!"

    The book went into great detail about Jeff Bezos, the history and development of Amazon and the various companies Amazon competed with, acquired merged with or crushed. Very interesting and well delivered.

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    Parag 01-03-15
    Parag 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Why Amazon is so aggressive"
    What made the experience of listening to The Everything Store the most enjoyable?

    My thoughts on why I liked this book:

    1. How Jeff Bezos thinks and how he likes to get things done.
    2. What makes Amazon so successful in what they do, despite of having very little profit.
    3. Very nice read.


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    Brad St. Louis, MO 05-08-14
    Brad St. Louis, MO 05-08-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating and balanced"
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    This is a behind-the-scenes account of the growth of Amazon. The author covers the company in a balanced way, noting Jeff Bezos's fanatical focus on customer service even to the point of using bullying tactics towards competitors and treating employees poorly. I came away with a little more wariness towards making so many of my purchases at Amazon.com. A fascinating read, especially for those interested in business or technology.

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    DaximusTheGreat 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book on hardline business tactics."

    A great view on a visionary Bezos and his ruthlessness in the modern age of e-commerce. Made me think twice about selling my companies products on Amazon.

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    Michael Vollbrecht 06-19-15
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    Would you listen to The Everything Store again? Why?

    As a self confessed "Amazon fanboy," I love a good story about the company. "The Everything Store" does not disappoint. I found myself loving and hating Jeff Bezos, but mostly admiring him. I thought the writing was balanced and entertaining, and the audio performance was not dull. In all, a great buy!


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

    I am new to listening to company biographies, but having read "TES" this will not be my last!


    What about Pete Larkin’s performance did you like?

    He was not bland or robotic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually did laugh at some of Jeff's more wacky antics. I was also surprised at the way he treated his subordinates.


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    Michael 06-18-15
    Michael 06-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Books rock

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    "A great look at Amazon"

    This book provides a great look into how Amazon came to be the largest (and best) everything store in the world.

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    Robson C. Chaves 06-17-15

    Pro Photographer in Curitiba, Brazil.

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    What you need to know to start thinking about the big brains of the online universe.

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    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 06-07-15
    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 06-07-15
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    "Nice story, good narrative"

    Nice story, good narrative. Really liked to hear Bezo's determinatiom and beliefs on customer experience

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    Carl H In the frozen Northeast. 05-28-15
    Carl H In the frozen Northeast. 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent recounting of the tale of Amazon."

    A well written, insightful, and honest recounting of the history of one of the world's most prolific companies and its founder. The narrator did an outstanding job as well, I'll be actively seeking out his other work.

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