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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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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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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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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 engaging

A list of well researched facts, but not a very insightful view into Jeff Bezos and not engaging storytelling

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

Thoroughly enjoyed the book! Would be good to get the an updated book with the stories from 2013 to present.

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Difficult to follow

The story is not chronological. It goes forward and back and repeats itself. I thought I had accidentally gone back to a previous chapter as I had already heard a part before.

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Brilliantly Insightful

It's powerful how dreams/goals written down and held onto will manifest ... no matter how big. Jeff Bezos's focus and drive to win is inspiring.

Two key takeaways for success are 1) Codify the values/principles that define your organisation AND live by them. 2) ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS measure everything and figure out what the numbers are telling you - they don't lie.

Well worth the investment in so many ways!

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Fantastic Insight

Found this to very informative and well delivered.
Obviously an on going story, look forward to Brad Stones follow up .

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very enjoyable

Great story, pace with quick and entertaining, reading was a strong performance too. I enjoyed the author referencing to himself

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Some gems in there but a long listen.

Some gems in there for start ups and business as a whole that I will take away but it was a long old slog.

Struggled to hold my attention.

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  • Hemali Tanna
  • 24-10-20

Outstanding and entertaining!

Jeff Bezos and Amazon's story is inspiring through and through! The author has done a good volume of research, and presented the story breezily! The narrator is also one of the best I have heard. Easily one of my favorite books, since a long while.

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  • David Dikman
  • 20-09-19

An information packed narration

It's a very good read with incredible insight to the company from a varied list of sources. It's captivating but wasn't for me, a page turner. It's harsh but maybe not unfair. Paints a grim but impressive picture of the company and its ceo.

The narration is very good except that it seems to cut and change every so often, even mid sentences.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-19

The Amazon backstory

If you want to know the Amazon story - then this book is for you!

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  • Rajsekhar Gopisetti
  • 06-01-19

really great book!

tells about the hardwork that goes into building an organization, which is world class! awesome

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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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  • Riaan
  • 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.

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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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