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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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    Steaven Murrieta, CA, United States 09-02-14
    Steaven Murrieta, CA, United States 09-02-14
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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!

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    Lorenza Zapopan, Mexico 08-27-14
    Lorenza Zapopan, Mexico 08-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as exciting as I thought it would be."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book should've been 4-5 hours long


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add more anecdotes or stories to make it more interesting


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader sounds like an old man, not very dynamic


    Did The Everything Store inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


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    Rachel 08-26-14
    Rachel 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.

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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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    Avin Bansal New York, NY USA 04-16-14
    Avin Bansal New York, NY USA 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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    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 03-11-14
    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011

    Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.

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    "Insightful and Entertaining"

    Like most people interested in business, I have followed Bezos and Amazon somewhat with a good level of curiosity. Having lived in Seattle, I heard stories about how it is like to work in the company. I did not have high expectations for this book.

    And yet, the story is captivating, well narrated and full of insights. At the end of the book I find myself admiring Bezos and Amazon, in spite of their defects or limitations. There is a lot to learn from this book from a business strategy perspective : his focus on long-term thinking and customer experience, for example.

    This is one of the few books that I plan to listen to again in a few years

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    David Leander, TX, United States 03-05-14
    David Leander, TX, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Coupon Marketer. E-commerce Entrepreneur. Bikram Yogi. Long Distance Rollerblader. Puppy Daddy.

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    "Great Story and Applicable Insights"
    What made the experience of listening to The Everything Store the most enjoyable?

    The Everything Store does a great job of illuminating the story behind the rise and growth of one of the internet's first e-commerce giants, Amazon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Many of the principles and insights behind the growth of Amazon are shared in a manner that makes them easy to comprehend and apply in my own companies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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