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Elon Musk Audiobook

Elon Musk

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Publisher's Summary

A remarkable man in possession of limitless curiosity and intellect, Elon Musk makes a fascinating subject. Tech reporter Ashlee Vance has shadowed him for a year to bring us an engaging and deeply personal account of the man who wants to send us into outer space.

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it.

He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.

He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years, in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Musk's marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life...

Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past 12 months he has been shadowed by tech reporter Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.

©2015 Ashlee Vance (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Ahmed K 17/01/2017
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    "Extremely interesting and eye opening biography!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Gets really deep into what makes Musk and his companies what they are now. More than just a way to learn more about Musk, it shows some of what's necessary to accomplish such successes.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 15/01/2017
    Andrew 15/01/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Fascinating insight but a little repetitive"

    Well written book with a good relatively independent view of the history of Musks companies. Issue is repetitive nature of second half of the book- lots of the same principles come up time and again without really developing much further insight into the direction or the individual.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Arvin Seeva 26/12/2016
    Arvin Seeva 26/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "An eye opening insight into the future."

    A recommended biography of a person that sounds like a slave driver, but driven by passion for a better future and humanity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 13/12/2016
    Robert 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much rambling"

    There are very good parts in this book about Elon Musk's career but there is a lot of filler by talking about how his companies do better than the competition by doing this or other design choices. Most of them are subjective opinions of the author or the people interviewed and are not measurable facts. Also all of his childhood living with his father is missing yet they keep alluding to it later on as a key point in his life. I feel I learned something from Elon as an entrepeneur in spite of the filler of this book though so not all was lost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MJK Entreprises 01/10/2016
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    "Great insight into Musk's worldview"

    Really enjoyed this background on the vision and drive of Elon Musk. Puts a lot of things in perspective and tells an amazing story. Well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dragos sucea 10/09/2016
    dragos sucea 10/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    Very good book, highly recommended. It shows what it really takes to be successful if you translate it to whatever it is you would like to do

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tyler UK 17/01/2017
    J. Tyler UK 17/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good"

    Good narrator, great insight into Elon Musk and overall a very good book. Incredibly interesting!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed R London, UK 05/01/2017
    Ed R London, UK 05/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspirational story"

    Being an engineer myself I found learning about Musk's approach and achievements fascinating and inspiring. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in technology or business.

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    This story was an interesting listen. Musk is a real genius and the things he has achieved in business seems unreal.

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    John Scotland 20/12/2016
    John Scotland 20/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "The power of personality"
    If you could sum up Elon Musk in three words, what would they be?

    insightful, enjoyable, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Musk is just a balls out force of will.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    He is a solid performer and made the autobiography experience enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    26/10/17
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    "Fascinating insight"

    This is an excellent audio book onto the insights of Elon Musk. In particular the first half provides a brilliant view of his background, his leadership style and the type of personality that drives such an interesting person.

    I did find the second half of the book a bit too much about the industry of space exploration, electric cars and solar power. This meant you were losing the insights into the person, and it became a more technical book on the industry.

    Overall a great read but perhaps this should have been 2 books - one about the person and one about the industries.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Cope
    13/08/17
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    "Fascinating"

    I found Elon's story really fascinating but I would have liked to hear more from Elon himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fabrice Kabongo
    12/06/16
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    "Very inspiring!"

    when you listen to this book, you know your dream of changing the world can be achieved

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arpit Prakash
    17/02/18
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    "It's Average"

    Just want to mention this : This is the story of how , why, when Elon's companies went up down left right. This is not a Biography. This is log book of Elon's life. If you want to read a real biography, read Steve Jobs by Walter Issacsson. Where you can see what Steve was thinking, what was his mindset for all what was going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vinodhan
    12/02/18
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    "Worthwhile"

    A useful insight into a polarizing character. There are several genuine lessons to be learnt in following the rise of the tech giant. Well written and entertaining, with good narration. Recommended.

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  • Johann
    31/01/18
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    "Captivating, mesmerising and even funny"

    The book keeps you hooked from start to finish. it's an exceptional good insight into Musks rise to the top, his inner workings and the revolutionary vision he is nodoubdetly going to execute in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emielke
    06/12/17
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    "Facinated by Musk"

    The book gives insight into the determination of the visionary master that Elon Musk is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yudeshtra Naidoo
    South Africa
    02/08/17
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    "Inspiring Read"

    Elon Musk, a South-African born entrepreneur is on a course to change the world. His track record is impressive and if he meets his goals- will change all our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila K.
    14/06/17
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    "Elon is exotic, he has wild dreams and ambitions."

    I liked the book. Rivetting. It makes Elon seem more human, super smart, but human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arno
    29/05/17
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    "Great story"

    Nice to understand all companies he is involved with. Great entrepreneur poor person personally, but for greater good amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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