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
The Story about Amazon is in its own right Amazing, no doubt about that, however, the narrative of this book is boring and disappointing.
The narrator can make or break an audio book, this time it broke it for me.
No really, I couldn't listen to it more than 2 chapters...
The story has a lot of depth and is well researched. Not boring. Feels very balanced, does not glorify Amazon or Bezos. Inspirational and some practical insight. Narration is dynamic.
I was expecting a lot more, but since the very first 5 minutes kind of knew if it was going to be same rest of book, not good!
Giving 3 stars because I have lot os respect for the billionaires and I am a huge fan and user of amazon, that is it.
I listened to the book directly after listening to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs. This book lacks insight and stories from the mastermind behind the everything store. It reads as a stockers version of amazons journey from inception to today. What I was looking for is Jeff besos insight and thought process.
I found this book fascinating. It is filled with a little bit of technical jargon, inter Amazon vocabulary, and the musings of a tyrannical CEO. I truly believe, that men like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sam Walton, and Jeff Bezos are like this because they see a world that we can't. We all may be flesh and blood and have to sit over own stink every day as we take a dump, but there are few out there that see the world differently and see it being better. I think you will enjoy this book.
This is one of those great stories of our time. Well researched and very well told. I highly recommend this book for all those who want to know about the rise of a fantastic company from a tiny beginning.
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