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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
  • 16-06-14

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.

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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.

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Not a bar raiser...

The first half of the download really did not get behind the building of Amazon and there was a real lack of depth to the people involved for me. Having just listened to Steve Job's story, this lacked detail on Bezos and the people behind the build up. The second half of the download is much better. Some of the narration with the quotes is really jarring and really irritated me. Worth a listen? - Yes, but the sorry could have been so much better..

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Enjoyed it immensely

Bezzos is a no nonsense character, highly educated, driven individual. Finished it within a couple of days.

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Very interesting audio book

I really enjoyed this book and found the insights into Amazon fascinating. It’s amazing how much it’s grown in such a relative short period of time. A great listen for anyone wanting to grow and expand their company.

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Fascinating insight into an enigmatic company

Meticulously-researched, even-handed and in-depth account of the inseperable relationship between Amazon as one of the world's largest retailers and the personal philosophy of Jeff Bezos. I learnt a lot from this book about the highs and lows of Amazon's rise to business leadership

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Bezos

Waste of 10 hours book. Everything in this book was based on public research paper not Jeff Story. As what is described here I am not buying from amazon any longer it feels that slavery is still going on for workers on 21 century.

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Fascinating and slightly Disturbing

An important book about one of the companies that is changing the world. Focusing on its founder Jeff Bezos, it's revealing that the original name he dreamed up for his company was Relentless.com. That one word says something about Bezos that explains his success but also sums up something about his unsettling dark side. The author Brad Stone has done a good job portraying the strength of this character - his unbounded drive and ambition, his unnerving search for truth at whatever expense.

Stone recounts one incident which sums this up and is chilling and compelling. He describes how Bezos publicly humiliated one of his senior execs by calling Amazon’s number during a team meeting, in front of his colleagues, to check the man’s assertion that its phones were being picked up promptly. “Bezos took his watch off and made a deliberate show of tracking the time. A brutal minute passed, then two ... Bezos’s face grew red; the vein in his forehead, a hurricane warning system, popped out”

What I found most poignant about the book was the narrative around his two fathers. His biological father was a circus unicyclist, Ted Jorgensen, who abandoned his mother when he was only one. His stepfather was a Cuban-American Miguel Bezos who was rescued from Cuba by a scheme sponsored by the Catholic Church, 'Operation Pedro Pan,' relocated and educated thousands of Cuban youths who arrived alone in the United States.

When you hear the backstory of his stepfather, meticulously researched by Brad Stone, you get an insight into this relentless drive. But most poignant was the courage it took, the now successful Bezos to track down his father - maybe it is that wound of abandonment that explains his uncompromising search for truth. Amazon has ripped up the retailer's rulebook, and was the first a company to allow hostile reviews of products that it sold. Relentless and truth at any cost.


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Ok but not great. Not as inspiring. A bit mixed Th

Ok but not great. Not as inspiring. A bit mixed story line in the context.

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if ok I guess

it tells the story but it's a little bit dull. it did open my eyes up to how ruthless Amazon is in its quest for world dominance, some of which made me a little uncomfortable. made me think again about using Amazon for everything in future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-17

example of what business should not be....

eye opener on what a bad irresponsible company Amazon and founder is Not a roll model for the future generation

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  • Scott Bales
  • 27-12-16

The Narrative of Amazon

interesting insights into the stroy behind Amazon and it's founder. a company where anything seems possible, and likely

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-16

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

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.

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  • Larry Krug
  • 22-01-16

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
  • 20-11-15

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.