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Business Biographies and Memoirs: 6 Manuscripts

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

In this bundle, we take a deep dive into the lives, successes, and failures of some of the most successful (and wealthiest) men on the planet. 

What makes them different? What is it about them that makes them super-achievers? You will discover all of that and more.

What is it about Jeff Bezos that allows him to change the way the entire world shops (and become the richest man on the planet in doing so)?

How does Elon Musk go from working in the fires of a toxic furnace to leading the charge in space travel?

How did Steve Jobs create and lead what would later become the world’s first trillion company?

Did Bill Gates (the richest man on Earth for nearly two decades) really steal technology? 

How did Jack Ma, who was denied a job working at Kentucky Fried Chicken (and was the only one of 24 applicants not to get hired), start the company that would later set the record for the largest IPO in the history of the New York Stock Exchange?

We will even show you how Richard Branson might not be as rich as people think. He is, in fact, richer.

All of these questions are answered. All of these myths are debunked, or truths verified.

Don’t wait any longer! Download now to discover more about some of the most successful businessmen and world-changing innovators this world has ever seen.

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A prodigious biography

A prodigious biography, but caution, its front-loaded with neediness. JR MacGregor has what many consider the best biography of Bill Gates. Mr. JR MacGregor research is at a level that few biographers attain, particularly as he deals with the complexity of the birth of an industry. The result is often overwhelming with numbers and names of the early proliferation of computer languages and stages of software development. To anyone who lived the era this is fascinating and memorable stuff . Just about the time you hope to get to the character of Bill Gates the author is there with insights, anecdotes and the maturity of a biographer who has come to know his subject well. This is a large work. Not airplane listening, and not light listening. But the reward is in a deeper understanding of one of the most interesting men of the last two centuries. The new edition helps.

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Great listen

Great listen for anyone who wants to know why Amazon is the behemoth it is. Its amazing about how one man wants a company to be everything to everybody, and its coming true right before our eyes. Where most experts state to focus on one goal an be good at it, this book proves that with a a lot of ambition, a clear vision, and the willingness to please the customer, even the so call impossible can be possible. Despite the book being a little dated, there are a lot of tips and advice to pick up for those who want to start their own business. Highly recommended.

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Screw It, let's do it

"Screw it, let's do it". This is definitely the mantra portrayed in the book and all of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson business. It's a great lesson in risk and doing what you love. If you are doing something that you truly love doing, the risk can be less or feel like less. Virgin is such an impressive company/brand, a great lesson in diversifying and creating positive social and economic change along the way.

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Excellent, Wonderful

Excellent, Wonderful. Informative, Fascinating. I loved it from start to finish, but then I love everything Apple. While Jobs was brilliant, creative, and innovative, he also had a cruel and mean side. He was abandoned by his father and put up for adoption which was a large factor in his life, yet he abandoned his own daughter. He was run out of Apple, and then came back in when it was on the ropes and saved it with products that were never conceived of before. The details he demanded in product design and even packaging for the products has influenced many more industries into taking pride in the manner their products are presented. The book is long, thorough, very well researched and written. If you like to listen , like computers, like biography, or don't have a book you are into, this is a book for you.

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Absolutely incredible

As an aerospace entrepreneurial engineer by major, I've been a fan of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson for years, and I've watched as theit companies went from small and viewed as laughable by the public, to being some of the biggest and most crucial companies on the planet..

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The world is as we dream it.

If you like the question "What If?" You will like this story. It is the story of those man that asks this question over and over and they could care less what others think when they answer it for themselves.

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Great biography

Only occasionally got nerdy beyond my ken. Loved to listen about such an interesting mans who could be infuriating and brilliant at the same time. I didn't know much about them before. I will never forget this book.

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Interesting and insiteful

Lots of good insight into the evolution of the personal computer and Mobile ecosystems. This provided many unexpected and illuminating details, my favorite being the details around the mobile processors.

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Inspirational.

Bought and listen this due to this fact: THEY did not interfere at all with Walter Isaccson's writing, interviewing, etc. In fact the author states that they encouraged him to talk to everyone whether they liked or not.

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Fascinating

Interesting listen about fascinating mans. who is probably the father of our electronic age. This book listen like a novel and gave me a good understanding of how and why my IPhone is such a marvelous instrument.

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  • 06-06-19

Derivative, superficial, and self-involved

This is one of the vaguest, most self involved and derivative books I have read. The book almost spends more time covering the author’s own perceptions and memories of the events initiated by the book’s purported biographical subjects than on the subject themselves. Yes, there are some good biographical elements which were probably paraphrased from better biographies written by others, but the book continually refers to itself and discusses “the purpose of this book” and “this book” and “what I’ve been trying to say with this book” at numerous intervals, and claims to “cut through the hyperbole” and “provide critical analysis”. It does none of this, but it does provide a superficially opinionated take on the lives of its subjects in a way that is annoying, pseudo-professorial, and difficult to read. I wish I could get a refund.

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  • Kate Poole
  • 09-01-20

A truly interesting look

A truly interesting look at a guy who always struck me as being an insufferable jerk. Turns out that he was indeed quite the jerk and this book makes no attempt to gloss over that fact. However, the book also gives us a look at Jobs' good side and what a fascinating side it was. This book will appeal to everyone from the total technical layman to professional computer scientists. It's really not so much about the technology but about the man. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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  • Ginger Phillips
  • 19-02-20

What an inspiration

What an inspiration! I may have listen some parts several times. People like Elon Musk are born once in a lifetime of the earth. Worth listening!

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  • Marlene Clark
  • 19-02-20

It’s not just a fascinating story

It’s not just a fascinating story, a lot of observations and parallels made by the author are not trivial and make this text an example of great investigative journalism

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  • Karen Franz
  • 19-02-20

This book gave me a much clearer understanding

This book gave me a much clearer understanding of not only Musk but the driving internal forces and his objective. It provided excellent descriptions of the products he has driven to market. I will be looking forward to seeing him and his companies achieve all his goals.

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  • Arthur Jacobo
  • 19-02-20

Excellent book

Excellent book, one of the best I've listen . It includes all kind of anecdotes that contribute to understand the amazing case of Amazon, its philosophy and why it came to be the biggest retailer on the internet.

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  • Victor Grant
  • 11-01-20

A common thread of the highly successful entrepre

A very thorough review of the Amazon story and a profile of its founder. As in other books I have listen about these success stories, the founder has been very arrogant, highly driven, very hands on, and at one or more times in the story, was extremely lucky at a pivotal time in the life of the company.

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  • Jonathan Carroll
  • 11-01-20

Great High Quality Overview

I agree with some of the other comments that the narration music is a bit off at times and I don't know why they showed the one guy getting dusted with makeup behind the scenes? haha But overall I enjoyed it and would consider it of value. I would recommend

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  • Marian Caroll
  • 11-01-20

Insanely great

My favorite biography to this date. Isaacson did a great job with the book. He really covered Steve's passion for "insanely great" products. The book was hard to put down. Highly recommend for anyone that has an entrepreneurial mindset and is trying to reach for things others do not think are possible.

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  • Betsy Grisham
  • 11-01-20

Full disclosure.

Elon works for me. As a stock holder in Tesla I wanted to learn more about the unicorn that runs this extraordinary company. It's entertaining and gives a thumbnail sketch of the man who built a great electric car and now will sell you a roof to power it.

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