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Alibaba Audiobook

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

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Publisher's Summary

An engrossing insider's account of how a teacher built one of the world's most valuable companies - rivaling Walmart and Amazon - and forever reshaped the global economy.

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle-class consumers.

Duncan Clark first met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early advisor to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the Internet's impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba's rise.

How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80 percent market share? As it forges ahead into finance and entertainment, are there limits to Alibaba's ambitions? How does the Chinese government view its rise? Will Alibaba expand further overseas, including in the US?

Clark tells Alibaba's tale in the context of China's momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before.

©2016 Duncan Clark (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    iLard London, UK 23/09/2016
    iLard London, UK 23/09/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Rather dull"

    An interesting story told in a very boring way, like a dry, unchallenging newspaper article. What a shame. Had to listen at x2 speed to get through in double quick, toe-curling time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Project Manager 16/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very average book"

    The Chinese pronunciation is really terrible as other listeners have mentioned. The story isn't great either. You never really get to know Jack Ma and there isn't much backing to statements like 'Jack Magic'. It's almost like a Wikipedia article mixed with some hearsay and a few newspaper articles. I'd give Steve Jobs book 5 out of 5. In contrast this book struggles to get 2 out of 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ranga Rao 15/10/2016
    Ranga Rao 15/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "EXCITING."

    It's very Informative and Educational. Greatly impressed with Jack Ma. Wish Alibaba ALL Success. Congratulations!

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    harold warren 12/10/2016
    harold warren 12/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliant book loved every minute of the listen. twice I listen straight after the first time

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    george schweitzer 15/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting read."

    Narrator was good. The book gave an indication of how Alibaba and Jack MA operate. This from beginning to set up an Internet giant in China to a household name around the world. Worth reading.

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    kevin 09/09/2016
    kevin 09/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    it's a great book you learn allot I would recommend it. it's interesting to know how China operates.

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    Amirski Anzur London 29/07/2016
    Amirski Anzur London 29/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    Dean of Webpreneur Academy

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    "great insight to one of the world's smartest men"

    good read and great insight to a man that has helped so many entrepreneurs. highly recommended!

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    27/07/16
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    "Mispronunciation kills me"

    While the story is amazing, the obvious lack of effort in correct Chinese pronunciation hurts my ears and takes away so much from the book.

    This performance is so vastly different from the likes of "Chaos Monkeys" in which the reader eloquently pronounced various Italian and French phrases.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    30/04/16
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    "Terrible narration if you know Chinese mars good book"

    The book itself is both interesting and insightful. As somebody engaged in the China Internet space for work, and consequently very familiar with the content I found learned quite a bit about personalities and backstory delivered in engaging prose. True the book is very pro Jack and BABA but this is not a surprise, and does not obscure facts.

    But if you know any Chinese, preparing to spend the entire book alternating between cringing and puzzling over the generally incomprehensible narration of every single Chinese word other than Alibaba, Ma, and Tsai. The inability to select a Chinese speaker to conduct narration on a book about China is inexplicable and disappointing.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • cassiuswortmann
    26/10/16
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    "Interesting story, bad narration"

    While it did contain some critical info on the development of the China's dotcom industry as well as some bitesized nuggets of Jack Ma wisdom, I found myself continually wincing at the narrator's pronunciation of the names of Chinese individuals and places. However, this is just one of many audiobooks on China blighted by this headache-inducing problem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fernando padilla
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    07/08/16
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    "Historia interesante"

    No solo es una historis de Jack Ma, me gusta como relata la historia del emprendimiento en China.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ray
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    20/05/16
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    "AMAZON AND E-BAY COMBINED"

    A good overview of the Alibaba story. Until I listened to this book, I wasn't aware of the nature of the company, thought that it was just another Amazon, but found that it was more akin to E-Bay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abdoulaye Niang
    17/04/16
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    "very good book"

    i would recommand this book to anybody who has interest in international business. you will learn alot. this is particalarly good for us audiance who don t know much about chenise companies and how they operate differently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • OrbitalThread
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    01/12/16
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    "Superb narrative, excellent story"

    The story will embolden you. It will leave you wanting more and more. Jack Ma is formidable, has a strong razor sharp vision that is compelling. Last but not least, the communist are showing us what Capitalism is.

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  • Amazon Customer
    27/11/16
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    "Jack Magic"

    If you love business and are curious about the evolution of capitalism in China... this is a must listen... No great company is created without challenge and controversy... it always requires a little magic and luck and a ton of perseverance.

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  • Brownrygg
    24/11/16
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    "Fascinating encounter"

    really enjoyed this book. If you're into the intricacies of big business and how Jack ma Got Alibaba there this book is for you. For those not so interested in the workings of big business might have to skip this one.

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  • Lemuel
    23/10/16
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    "Not relatable"

    It's interesting, in that it gives you an inside look of e-commerce in China. I was expecting to learn more about Jack Ma, but was disappointed. To be fair, this book is not about Jack Ma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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