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The Everything Store | [Brad Stone]

The Everything Store

Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. 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 achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...
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Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

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 achieve that end, 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 readers 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 is 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, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks 2013

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  • Peter Rebac
    1/21/15
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    "A great biography."

    A great insight into the life of one of the most successful and inspirational people around. Also an interesting read if you are in the ecommerce business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F. I. Nance
    London
    6/28/14
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    "You must read this one, if you shop here..."
    If you could sum up The Everything Store in three words, what would they be?

    Bezos reinvented Wal-Mart


    What other book might you compare The Everything Store to, and why?

    The Wal-Mart effect. It shows, how Bezos built on his early vision to use the unique opportunity at the dawn of the Internet, to build a retail company, that will ultimately overtake the largest retail organization, ever. They achieve this by not being a retail company, but being a technology company, really. The Wal-Mart effect describes the inner workings of the original...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Rupert Willard
    London, UK
    6/16/14
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    "Force for good or for evil?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fascinating story about disruptive business innovation. Also a warning to anyone who may want to work for Amazon but does not share the company ethos! to learn the background to Amazon Prime was a real eye opener.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Everything Store?

    Hearing of publishers' wrangling the impossible dilemma of price (value) and sales volume. It was also interesting to hear of Jeff Bezos' personal background and management approach. He has some seriously risky gut instinct that he is not afraid to act upon.


    What does Pete Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Initially Pete Larkin's narration style reminded me too much of the way movies trailers are are presented. I got used to it after a while but I would probably avoid other books narrated by him unless it involved men in muddy vests crawling into a demilitarized zone being chased by relentless waves of zombies.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    This felt thoroughly and carefully researched, the author did a great job and revealed some fascinating facts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tatiana
    London, United Kingdom
    6/5/14
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    "Fascinating story"
    What did you like most about The Everything Store?

    The story of Jeff Bezos' success is very similar to Steve Jobs - fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Everything Store?

    The question mark emails.


    What about Pete Larkin’s performance did you like?

    It was ok.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jeff's email to his father.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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