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
Fun listen, especially as a prime member who lives off nearly daily deliveries, its interesting to hear about their growth and the evolution of Bezos as a leader
A great view on a visionary Bezos and his ruthlessness in the modern age of e-commerce. Made me think twice about selling my companies products on Amazon.
As a self confessed "Amazon fanboy," I love a good story about the company. "The Everything Store" does not disappoint. I found myself loving and hating Jeff Bezos, but mostly admiring him. I thought the writing was balanced and entertaining, and the audio performance was not dull. In all, a great buy!
I am new to listening to company biographies, but having read "TES" this will not be my last!
He was not bland or robotic.
I actually did laugh at some of Jeff's more wacky antics. I was also surprised at the way he treated his subordinates.
This book provides a great look into how Amazon came to be the largest (and best) everything store in the world.
A well written, insightful, and honest recounting of the history of one of the world's most prolific companies and its founder. The narrator did an outstanding job as well, I'll be actively seeking out his other work.
Business writing is admittedly very hard. There are only so many ways to describe the challenges and successes that a company encounters. Stock price, acquisitions, and internal affairs are all important. But the author makes the mistake of relying on only these to tell his story. It's really just "this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened." Journalism, not storytelling. Read this book if you are fascinated by Amazon, but don't expect to be engrossed.
Very straight forward story on the creation and rise of Amazon. Jeff Bezos might not be the nicest person to work for but you can not dispute his work ethic. Like Steve Jobs, he had/has a vision of how to deliver the goods to the customer. Can not dispute that. I am a Prime Customer in 2 countries and am very happy.
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