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The Everything Store Audiobook

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Shamu from New York New York 12-07-13
    Shamu from New York New York 12-07-13
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    "Did you know how bad it is to work for Amazon?"

    I love Amazon. Seriously. Amazon has improved my life. As a parent of young children, I spend no time driving to stores for diapers, I can shop late at night, I can get things cheap.

    Little did I know the "price of cheap." In order for Amazon to deliver the best prices, they've seemingly done almost everything on such a slim margin, you almost feel guilty as a customer for what is happening for their employees. From the Fulfillment Centers to the executive offices, everything is about being cheap and frugal to the point it's a bit disturbing how little I was aware of it : No air conditioning in a hot summer warehouse (although they would have an ambulance on hand for employees who suffer heat stroke) - Execs traveling in economy - sawhorse door desks - no free parking for employees - a boss that expects you to have no work/life balance - no unions... it goes on...

    I do appreciate how Jeff Bezos behaves as an agent of the consumer, fighting for the benefit of the consumer, but all the cheap stories made me feel like asking Jeff to not fight so hard, to just lay off and get his employees some air conditioning. It's like you call the police to arrest a guy who's stolen your car, only to have the police come and proceed to bludgeon the burglar to within inches of his life in front of your eyes. That's how it felt at times.

    This book does do a good job presenting the most successful .com retail company and charting the roots of its success, it serves as a role model for anybody seeking to understand the world of internet retailing through the lens of the biggest, baddest, internet retailer out there right now.

    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Lorenza 08-27-14
    Lorenza 08-27-14
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    "Not as exciting as I thought it would be."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book should've been 4-5 hours long


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add more anecdotes or stories to make it more interesting


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader sounds like an old man, not very dynamic


    Did The Everything Store inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn S. 06-29-17
    Shawn S. 06-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very inspiring!"

    Great book. Very inspiring. The only thing that was a bit challenging was the author kept going back-and-forth through time as he weaved the story. Other than that, excellent book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Tojuola 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Missionary & Mercenary"

    The value of listening to the The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon is equivalent to an MBA degree only cheaper. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Z 10-19-16
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    "Cancel Prime membership?"

    Jeff's actions of strong-arming the little guys makes him hard to respect. His frugality and abuse toward his staff is repulsive as well. Elon Musk is notches above in the respect and admiration category.

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    Blair K. Hartman 07-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    This was absolutely amazing, with tremendous detail in many aspects of the Amazon.com sphere. I was surprised by the number of mispronounced words though. Don't let that stop you.

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    DayDreamer 04-11-15
    DayDreamer 04-11-15
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    "Good summary of Amazon's history"
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    Would have been nice if more coverage provided on the devices and digital services aspect of Amazon. Most of the coverage is focused only on Kindel and little on AWS.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Samuelson Woodinville, WA USA 01-12-15
    J. Samuelson Woodinville, WA USA 01-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly interesting, but long!"

    The book went into great detail about Jeff Bezos, the history and development of Amazon and the various companies Amazon competed with, acquired merged with or crushed. Very interesting and well delivered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 08-12-14
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Bad Stuff"

    I did not like this book at all. I was hoping for insight on Bezos and received nothing. I already knew the story of how Bezos grew up, so the first half of the book was boring. There was no substance in the creation of Amazon. This book should have waited to come out.

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    Brad St. Louis, MO 05-08-14
    Brad St. Louis, MO 05-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating and balanced"
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    This is a behind-the-scenes account of the growth of Amazon. The author covers the company in a balanced way, noting Jeff Bezos's fanatical focus on customer service even to the point of using bullying tactics towards competitors and treating employees poorly. I came away with a little more wariness towards making so many of my purchases at Amazon.com. A fascinating read, especially for those interested in business or technology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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