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
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.
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.
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.
Yes, a page turner.
This felt thoroughly and carefully researched, the author did a great job and revealed some fascinating facts.
Written by the author yes, narrated by this narrator possibly not. I found the narration boring.
Several interesting points. For instance, at the beginning, the three reasons that distinguish Amazon.
UK blogger exploring design #madetolast.
This was a good book, but long. I thought it was very detailed but in some ways I don't need that level of detail. I would recommend the book, but the abridged version.
As I use audiobooks a lot I like to increase the speed so I can't get through them faster. The reader is so relaxed and comfortably slow that I was able to play it at x1.5 speed. Yay. Beyond that, it appears to be quite objective. The story wasn't too congratulatory but it was fun to read and hilarious for so many reasons.
A number of other books are effortlessly but notably promoted within the book.
The writer really found a great narrative to run with. He gets it in there early and it is relevant all the way through to the end.
The only odd thing I noticed is that Bezos doesn't appear to have anything contradictory about his character. I suppose the book is about the company more so than the founder. This book is the solution to te image problem raised in the book. This book, I think is designed to foster a better relationship between consumers and Amazon. This is part of the strategy to make Amazon "cool."
Well it certainly worked on me.
It like I just listened to an episode of This is your Life (for Amazon).
This is clever.
I recommend this book to business students especially marketing people and motivational people.
Enjoyed the listen. Found the book to the point and gives a good account of the Amazon storey. Also gives a look at the man behind it all.
It was one of the best non-fiction books I have read or in this case listened it. Fascinating story about a man who made one of the best and super stable business
Got lost (interest) somewhere about 70% to 90% probably because I was more aware of Bezos through news during these years.
Mercenary and missionary. Simple rule of success in business.
"The Narrative of Amazon"
interesting insights into the stroy behind Amazon and it's founder. a company where anything seems possible, and likely
This book gives great insight into the world of Amazon and its creator. Definitely worth the listen.
"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.
really interesting. well narated story. similar extreme thinking to jobs in some ways. focused on delivering a great product
"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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