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The Everything Store

Narrated by: Pete Larkin
Length: 13 hrs
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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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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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A must read for any digital or eCommerce business!

My first impression of this book, and of Jeff Bezos. Wow Amazon and Jeff are brutal in business! I thought with a book being written about Amazon and Jeff, that they would hold back and portray him as a righteous leader of sorts. No they didn't hold back. The writer embraced his humility, his brutality and his moments of compassion and quite rightly so. Without these aspects to Jeff Bezos I highly doubt Amazon would be the world leading company it is today. So pretty much common sense to include it. The book doesn't even go easy on the working conditions of Amazon employees.

Before this book, I feel I had a rose tinted view on the company and its CEO. Now, knowing past those rose tints, I feel nothing but a sense of awe.

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Definitely has everything in this book

Great book, interesting to learn how Amazon got to where it did and the way they did it!

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A bit of a bore....

The story is certainly interesting but the delivery and details are quite tedious and often boringly mundane. Unless you reallllly want to know his story maybe find a briefer telling of his life as even though there were genuinely intriguing parts overall it was a struggle for me to keep on listening.

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More a report than anything else

I found this hard to follow, Bezos' story is interesting but I found there to be too much information to process, to many quotes from reports, newspaper articles etc rather than an insight to Amazon. Maybe that is what it is advertised as but I was expecting more of a free flowing story. I am about half way through and struggling to find the motivation to finish it.

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Long but fascination

What a character Bezos is. This book seems to know everything. It’s omnipresent. I loved it. Great job all involved.

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Interesting insight to Amazon's success.

Good clear interesting narration on the founding years of Amazon. Good in-depth story-line on the way Jeff Bezos built up Amazon and commanded respect in his company. How Jeff always wanted to create the store that delivers everything, combined with his interest in space travel.Jeff's childhood and family background are also spoken of, making this a very interesting insight into the world's richest man and his journey to be successful. Well recommended !!

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Audio patches in the middle

The audio was not smooth, there were audio patches applied in between that were a bit annoying.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.