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
From begining to end the book kept me intrigued. I learned so much by reading this book and built courage in my self. I definitely recommend this book to any shy person out there. Jeff is now one of my idols.
Awhile ago, while watching some business interviews on Youtube, I came across one Jeff Bezos. After hearing Jeff tell stories about Amazon's early days, its cliff-hanger moments, and Amazon's exponential acceleration, I needed to know more about this interesting individual and his vision.
It reminds me of Arnold's book: my unbelievably true life story. I can't deny that I enjoy a good rocket-to-success story. While Jeff and Arnold pursued different goals, the highly competitive, do what it takes, long-term thinking, don't let setbacks stop you attitude is present in both of the people, and, thus, both of their books.
Excellent narration. Very good pronunciation and voice tone.
It's in my top three favorite biographies. I'll listen to it many more times.
Be careful when listening to biographies; it's easy to get sucked into the mentality that what worked for them will work for you. For example, excessive expansion/growth at any cost in anything you do.
The story seems to be a difficult one of a founder and his company which are from different time period. But the author and the narrator worked hard to narrate it with little subjective emotions and imparted an inspiring saga which is still at play. Must read for leaders, managers and most importantly for customers of Amazon.com
I picked up this book to learn about Jeff Bezos. At first I was a bit disappointed that it mostly covered Amazon as a company and less its founder. But as I continued reading it became obvious that Amazon is Jeff Bezos. All his idiosyncrasies as well as his genius is reflected in how Amazon grew and how it is run.
This book is a good read if you are interested in what made Amazon so dominant.
Not 5 stars though, as I would've liked more insight in Bezos decision making. For example in situations when the company decided to make wearhouse operation its core competency. Or when Amazon tried and eventually became a software company.
One of the mot in depth and inquisitive looks at one of the worlds most efficient entrepreneurs. If you are interested in business, interested in people, interested in systems, or all three, 10/10 I would recommend this book.
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