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
Covers stories of a vast range of products and gives an insight into inner workings of amazon.
The story is not chronologically laid out but instead split by products which tells a story of each product but what would be nice is to creatively tell a story of how amazon progressed as a company over time with so many moving blocks.
Great business books have a blend of business and people. This book leans heavy on the business but the monotony of the subject coupled with the monotone voice of the narrator makes for an average listen.
Amazon has changed the way we shop. There are many more choices on Amazon than in almost any local store. The prices are usually lower than other customer options. The rating system is revolutionary and empowers the customer to make better choices. Read this book and you will see how it came about.
This book tells how Jeff Bezos's incredible drive, luck, unfair competition &, unethical behavior in acquiring competitors and concern for the customer build a large, profitable and beneficial company.
The book is well worth reading. There are lessons to be learned about business and human nature within.
The author is an extraordinary writer with many years of experience and the resulting background knowledge as a business reporter that made this book possible.
This gave me a great insight into the type of work ethic and minimalist thinking it takes to create such large changes in the world around us. Frugality and attention to the main focus (the customer) proves to win every time as Amazon and Jeff Bezos pushed ahead throughout this book. I loved the pragmatism and stubbornness haha I learned a few key ideas that I'll apply to my life! Thank you to everyone involved :)
Great job chronicling the rise of Amazon. Written in very straightforward and journalistic style. Very detailed, but would have liked a little more opinion and commentary. I found myself drifting at some of the mundane accounts of second tier players.
Hard to listen to Pete Larkin and his slow pace voice for hours. This is the first book I had to change the listening speed. His voice made this sound like a looooong advertisement.
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