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
Must read for entrepreneurs.
Johnny Ive by Leander Kahney, shows the depth of enthusiasm and achievements of both men in their respective fields.
Not sure, but I really enjoy listening to this one.
From Books to Everything
Could not stop listening to this book, very well written and delivered, love it!
This book should've been 4-5 hours long
Add more anecdotes or stories to make it more interesting
The reader sounds like an old man, not very dynamic
Absolutely. Jeff Bezos is a fascinatingly complex character and Brad Stone does a great job relaying his story.
Pete Larkin does an excellent job portraying Bezos as a leader who is both admirable and feared.
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.
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.
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.
Helps visualize the scenes vividly.
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.
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.
Thin and superficial more journalist style
Yes well read
Scenes where he recants some negative analyst reports and reactions. I don't think the Steve Jobs book contained such a Wall St viewpoint.
Someone should take another stab at the Bezos story.
Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
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
Coupon Marketer. E-commerce Entrepreneur. Bikram Yogi. Long Distance Rollerblader. Puppy Daddy.
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.
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.
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