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The Everything Store Audiobook

The Everything Store

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Scott Bales Singapore, Singapore 12-27-16
    Scott Bales Singapore, Singapore 12-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Narrative of Amazon"

    interesting insights into the stroy behind Amazon and it's founder. a company where anything seems possible, and likely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 10-21-16
    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 10-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    This book gives great insight into the world of Amazon and its creator. Definitely worth the listen.

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    Ashish 09-01-16
    Ashish 09-01-16
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    "Beautiful insight into Amazon world"

    Book gives a good account of Amazon practises , culture , circumstances that the company and its founder had to navigate but I think the book is too gung-ho in the praise of bezos.

    Nice read otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Krug USA 01-22-16
    Larry Krug USA 01-22-16
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    "great read"

    really interesting. well narated story. similar extreme thinking to jobs in some ways. focused on delivering a great product

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    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 11-20-15
    Timothy Johanesburg, South Africa 11-20-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Must-read for anyone in a IT startup"

    A fascinating story, very well told.

    The challenges and battles of Amazon in the early years were interesting. Anyone in a startup will be able to relate and learn from Jeff's example.

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  • iLard
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan
    Verona, Italy
    6/10/15
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    "Good book, not enthusiast about the narration"
    Would you try another book written by Brad Stone or narrated by Pete Larkin?

    Written by the author yes, narrated by this narrator possibly not. I found the narration boring.


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

    Several interesting points. For instance, at the beginning, the three reasons that distinguish Amazon.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas Rose
    9/26/17
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    "Incredible story- a must read."

    This is the greatest business story of this generation, a tremendous vision that Bezos never changed or wavered from. This book is told in such a great and informative manner, which describes the rise of this formidable giant.

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  • Michael
    9/21/17
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    "One word...Scary!!"

    Jeff bezos vs Rockerfeller .. only time will tell but it seems like he's sucking up "everything"

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  • Charlie Gillespie
    9/2/17
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    "Brilliant"

    The beginning was a bit slow, but after a hour or so I was hooked. What a legend Jeff is, although cut throat with competition. 4.5 stars would be a more accurate review.

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  • M. Williams
    London, UK
    8/14/17
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    "interesting insight"

    This is an interesting insight into the online giant, giving a good base to understand how it reached such a strong position. Moreover it sheds light onto Jeff Bezos and his way of thinking. It will likely date as the tale is not yet complete but it's certainly good coverage of the period up until 2013.

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  • A Valentine
    8/3/17
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    "Decent insight"

    Personally this felt like a timeline of events more than a personal insight into how Jeff thinks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aneki
    7/26/17
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    "Wow! "

    Brad Stone has delivered a fantastic book - the work of an expert journalist. The good, bad, and ugly side of Amazon is presented along with the encompassing vision of its founder, clearly showing his relentless and ruthless pursuit of his mission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig Sharman
    7/26/17
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    "Fabulous"

    What an insight into the world of Amazon. The highs the lows the intensity and the vision, great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/26/17
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    "Excellent"

    This is a fascinating story about a great company and visionary leader, written in an excellent book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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