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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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    iLard London, UK 16/06/2014
    iLard London, UK 16/06/2014 Member Since 2014

    ilard

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan 10/06/2015
    Ivan 10/06/2015
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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
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    Daniel Nelson London, UK 12/10/2015
    Daniel Nelson London, UK 12/10/2015 Member Since 2012

    UK blogger exploring design #madetolast.

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    "I'd recommend the abridged version"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M 23/11/2016
    M 23/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Sycophant"

    The narrator is reasonably good but the text is the most sycophantic biography I have ever read or listened to.

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    george schweitzer 28/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Most interesting ."

    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.

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    Gergely 30/07/2016
    Gergely 30/07/2016
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    "A great book about a great business"

    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

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    Gareth 19/07/2016
    Gareth 19/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read so informative"

    Very interesting to hear what drives such a focussed mind and that not all the projects worked out a true entrepreneur at work

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    Carl Carrington Winchester 12/02/2015
    Carl Carrington Winchester 12/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging in parts."

    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.

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    Randy D. 21/01/2015
    Randy D. 21/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A great biography."

    A great insight into the life of one of the most successful and inspirational people around. Also an interesting read if you are in the ecommerce business.

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    F. I. Nance London 28/06/2014
    F. I. Nance London 28/06/2014 Member Since 2013

    amazon is great

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    "You must read this one, if you shop here..."
    If you could sum up The Everything Store in three words, what would they be?

    Bezos reinvented Wal-Mart


    What other book might you compare The Everything Store to, and why?

    The Wal-Mart effect. It shows, how Bezos built on his early vision to use the unique opportunity at the dawn of the Internet, to build a retail company, that will ultimately overtake the largest retail organization, ever. They achieve this by not being a retail company, but being a technology company, really. The Wal-Mart effect describes the inner workings of the original...


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  • Amazon Customer
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    21/10/16
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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
    01/09/16
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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
  • Larry Krug
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    22/01/16
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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
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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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