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Publisher's Summary

This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry, and its $30 billion valuation is now larger than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott. Airbnb is beloved by the millions of members in its "host" community and the travelers they shelter every night. And yet, even as the company has blazed such an unexpected path, this is the first book solely dedicated to the phenomenon of Airbnb.

Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb along with the more controversial side of its story. Regulators want to curb its rapid expansion; hotel industry leaders wrestle with the disruption it has caused them; and residents and customers alike struggle with the unintended consequences of opening up private homes for public consumption. This is also the first in-depth study of Airbnb's leader, Brian Chesky, the quirky and curious young CEO, as he steers the company into new markets and increasingly uncharted waters.

©2017 1002 Productions, Inc. Reproduced by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A Modern Day Example of "The Innovators Dilemma"

Airbnb is the culmination of what can happen when three people work together and refuse to quit. Everything seemed to be stacked against the founders, yet they kept working through each and every problem as they surfaced. This is an excellent book to read if you are interested in a modern day company that disrupts an established industry. Overall, the narrative was well structured and the narrator did a good job.

My only problem with the book is that I now what to quit my day job and risk everything on my own startup. The guys who made Airbnb were not geniuses. In fact, they were really normal dudes. If those guys can make a multi-billion dollar company, then why can't I??? Ugh... Well, at least I have a comfy work cubicle to call my own. That's something... Right? Right???

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Irritating voice

The content was okay. My real issue is with the voice performance. It needs to be redone ASAP. The voice pitch, cadence, and modulation are irritating.

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Great book. Bad narrator

This was a great book....really good, but I think the lady that narrated it is new. Because the first half of the book was painful listening to her. But she broke out of her trying to sound good and then just started reading it.....I know you're supposed to rate the book. But who reads it and how is just as important for an audio book.

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Pretty good

The story isn't as in depth as the 20-30 hour biographies I normally read, but it is the most comprehensive story about Airbnb available.

Performance was a little too theatrical for a documentary book but that's just personal preference. Doesn't negatively affect the experience anyways.

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As an Airbnb Host, Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to The Airbnb Story the most enjoyable?

I am a happy Airbnb host and loved the insights into its creation.

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing the bravery and chutzpah of the founders as they pursued their dream.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope, but enjoyed it overall!

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Inspiring story but narrated like a children’s story

Fascinating but hands down the worse narration I have ever heard. It was read like a children’s book and I struggled through every word. Terrible decision to pair the narrator with this book. Just my opinion but if you have Misophonia like I do, I suggest you listen to the sample before you purchase the book.

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Amazing story, more detail would be better

Enjoyed the story greatly. As an entrepreneur though I would have loved a lot more details about the decisions and strategy the Airbnb team took, especially in the early days.

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Repetative story, boring performance

The authors decision to jump around the timeline of history was interesting but it seems they forgot the stories that were already told, sometimes with the exact same language. Some chapters felt like rerun television shows.

The voice actor used a lilty voice the entire time, occasionally changing time during a quote, but rarely. I wish she had used her regular quite voice for the rest of the reading. Also, the obvious audio inserts and edits should have been less so.

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Great read

Story is great. A lot of ups and downs. Wonderful if you are a business owner

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Amazing very inspirational book.

Amazing very inspirational book. Great. tool for young entrepeneurs. Strongly recommend to anyone who be cultivating a business idea.