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Elon Musk Audiobook

Elon Musk

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Publisher's Summary

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it.

He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.

He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years, in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Musk's marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life...

Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past 12 months he has been shadowed by tech reporter Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.

©2015 Ashlee Vance (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Fabrice Kabongo 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very inspiring!"

    when you listen to this book, you know your dream of changing the world can be achieved

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dananjaya 10-30-17
    Dananjaya 10-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Detailed look inside the life of today's genius"

    Nicelt narrated. Elon's life story is cearly described. Very depth look into the venture of SpaceX Tesla.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    innovate risk Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 10-26-17
    innovate risk Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 10-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating insight"

    This is an excellent audio book onto the insights of Elon Musk. In particular the first half provides a brilliant view of his background, his leadership style and the type of personality that drives such an interesting person.

    I did find the second half of the book a bit too much about the industry of space exploration, electric cars and solar power. This meant you were losing the insights into the person, and it became a more technical book on the industry.

    Overall a great read but perhaps this should have been 2 books - one about the person and one about the industries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Shaw Cape Town 10-24-17
    Bradley Shaw Cape Town 10-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    Amazing book really enjoyed the anecdotes and insight into the brilliant mind of Elon Musk.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G Thompson England, GB. 10-22-17
    G Thompson England, GB. 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Musk story, well told."

    For the last few days I have been enthralled and in a small, minute sense felt apart of Musks magical world of supermen and invincible dreams.

    Listening to this book has genuinely enriched my life and I have been sure to send a free copy to a friend.

    I am now off to try to find something similar!

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    Muhammad Rehan Rahat 09-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read for Elon Musk's fan."

    Gives a brief history of Elon and even makes readers realise the way in which Elon thinks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 09-10-17
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    "Good peek into how things are done"

    You got to be ruthless in order to get things done thats the take away.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bhartendu Delhi 08-20-17
    bhartendu Delhi 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm amazed"

    Superb quality and very inspiring story of Elon Musk. Book carried me in a way as if it's happening in front of me.

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    Anonymous 08-15-17
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    "Captivating"

    This book has made driving to & from work an absolute pleasure, I look forward to Tesla cars in South Africa.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Cope 08-13-17
    Alison Cope 08-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    I found Elon's story really fascinating but I would have liked to hear more from Elon himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ahmed K
    1/17/17
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    "Extremely interesting and eye opening biography!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Gets really deep into what makes Musk and his companies what they are now. More than just a way to learn more about Musk, it shows some of what's necessary to accomplish such successes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    1/15/17
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    "Fascinating insight but a little repetitive"

    Well written book with a good relatively independent view of the history of Musks companies. Issue is repetitive nature of second half of the book- lots of the same principles come up time and again without really developing much further insight into the direction or the individual.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arvin Seeva
    12/26/16
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    "An eye opening insight into the future."

    A recommended biography of a person that sounds like a slave driver, but driven by passion for a better future and humanity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    12/13/16
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    "Too much rambling"

    There are very good parts in this book about Elon Musk's career but there is a lot of filler by talking about how his companies do better than the competition by doing this or other design choices. Most of them are subjective opinions of the author or the people interviewed and are not measurable facts. Also all of his childhood living with his father is missing yet they keep alluding to it later on as a key point in his life. I feel I learned something from Elon as an entrepeneur in spite of the filler of this book though so not all was lost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MJK Entreprises
    10/1/16
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    "Great insight into Musk's worldview"

    Really enjoyed this background on the vision and drive of Elon Musk. Puts a lot of things in perspective and tells an amazing story. Well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • dragos sucea
    9/10/16
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    "Amazing"

    Very good book, highly recommended. It shows what it really takes to be successful if you translate it to whatever it is you would like to do

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Tyler
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    1/17/17
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    "Very good"

    Good narrator, great insight into Elon Musk and overall a very good book. Incredibly interesting!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ed R
    London, UK
    1/5/17
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    "Inspirational story"

    Being an engineer myself I found learning about Musk's approach and achievements fascinating and inspiring. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in technology or business.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony Sephton
    12/22/16
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    "Good"

    This story was an interesting listen. Musk is a real genius and the things he has achieved in business seems unreal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Scotland
    12/20/16
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    "The power of personality"
    If you could sum up Elon Musk in three words, what would they be?

    insightful, enjoyable, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Musk is just a balls out force of will.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    He is a solid performer and made the autobiography experience enjoyable.


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

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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