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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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Great story, but very hard voice to listen to

Might just be personal preference, but I found the narrator's voice extremely grating. A challenge to listen to.

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Recommended!

Narrator was great and allowed for the audiobook to be listened with reading speed of 1.20 and still sound smooth. The book itself is great and if it got your eye alreafy than I highly recommend for you to listen to it. It took me 10 days to finish it with while having a very relaxed listening schedule.

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Quite shallow

mainly a description of the company. lacking a lot of the dept given e.g. in the everything store about amazon/Bezos or Steve Jobs by w isacsson.

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Can't stand the narrator

I gave up after a chapter. The story might be good (the first chapter wasn't) but I couldn't stand the narrator.

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Long commercial

It’s a long commercial. Most of the story is about how amazing Airbnb is, how many cool places can you book all around the world, and why Airbnb is so disruptive. When it talks about the founders and their strategy, there is little to be saved in terms of storytelling. It’s hard to connect with them emotionally, to believe in their struggle. Basically, the book could have been written by Airbnb Marketing Dept.

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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!