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
Things I liked:
1. Elon Musk's story is nothing like you have ever heard, even if you have studied the greatest men and women to grace this planet.
2. His big picture thinking and pursuit of ideals, never backing down until those ideals are achieved is grandiose.
3. The idea that a man like this is alive at this present moment gives me the extra motivation to work hard on my purpose and perhaps come across Elon one day.
4. Both the writing by Ashlee Vance and reading by Fred Sanders is fantastic. The story flows very well and I will undoubtedly be listening to this again.
Things I disliked:
1. I wish there was more.
This book is a bit of a let-down. You will learn a bit about Elon and his companies, but it will sap 13 hours of your life away and you won't be a better person for it.
You'd think there's so much you can learn from Elon Musk, but this author didn't really make much effort to gather any nuggets of insightful information, just snippets of hearsay from sources that have worked around Elon. Listening to the book feels kind of perverted because it's written in a way where the author digs up lots of dirt on him the way a trash magazine reports on the secret lives of celebrities.
The Author even gloats mildly about his tenacity in pestering Musk until he agreed to let him write the book.
Don't bother listening to this one.
This audio book about Elon Musk is true inspirational story. The extent any human can go is limitless. This story certainly emulates "tough times never last but tough people do".
Extreme management and perseverance to achieve what he does, inevitably burning people on the way. His arrogance and dictator style leadership means he achieves the impossible. Lucky he has an underlying altruistic vision of solutions for humananity which drives him.
An intriguing story that inspires me to go out and do things, make things, and strive for greatness - all the while highlighting how much this one man and his loyal associates have been able to achieve in such a short period of time.
Give yourself a reason to remember how extraordinary you are with this account of Musk's life and journey.
I personally found this beneficial on many levels but mainly for the fact that it reminds me of my own journey.
If you believe you have mission and purpose greater than you, I would highly recommend reading this. If you don't, you just haven't discovered it yet:)
when you listen to this book, you know your dream of changing the world can be achieved
"Truth really is stranger than fiction"
Inspiring, somewhat scary and even funny at times, Ashlee's portrayal of Elon Musk is sensitive but unbiased enough to dispel die-hard Starkian delusions. This book may leave you feeling somewhat disappointed in your own achievements, but hopefully with some momentum to do something about it.
This is a phenomenal book that creates a passion for success and a understanding of sacrifice to achieve this.
Clarity and Focus is key. The end came about a 1000 pages to soon!
Thanks a million for a great listen!
I loved reading this book and wished these types of books were recommended in school. We were only so naughty in school because we were bored.
"superb Musk "
narrator was good. story very inspiring. hope Musk will give more futuristic enivronment friendly products
"Loved it...Inspirational...well narrated"
Loved it...Inspirational...well narrated S u p e r b b b b b b b b b b b b b b
I have read the book also, but audio feels different. An inspiration story but narrative can be even better.
"Awesome inside story"
An inside look at the mind of an accentric CEO and his ups and downs. Very motivating!
Fascinating story of the struggle and rise of Elon Musk, well worth the time to listen to this one. The only down side was while listening to it at 1.5x speed, the narrator sounded like he was doing wierd accents when quoting people
Loved it . Best narrator as well as story. Good book worth listening to asap.
Inspiring and interesting. Great insight into how Elon overcame adversity and pursued his ambitions. Great read.
"Building the impossible"
From terraforming to car sales
I have been following Elon Musk and some of his projects for a few years, Spacex is one that I follow with most interest because of the implications for space travel and that renewed sense of the excitement we had when we were going to the moon. I am of a generation that read science fiction and wanted that technology, that utopian belief that we were here to improve the world, to do amazing things but little by little, a revolution here a war there, a wall of bureaucracy here and several dreams squashed my generation and me became the old generation the passers of a poisoned chalice to the new generation or so we are made to believe by the cynics and the conspiracy theorist that want the world to be as low as the lowest common denominator.
Yes we are in trouble, but mostly because a lot of those futuristic dreams came true and we being human did not foresee the knock on effect of their success. Now the next part will be counter intuitive to many but give me a minute; we are living in the golden age of humanity more people have food than ever before, more people are educated than ever before, more workin medicines exist and are used than ever before and here is the one that many will dispute we live in the most peaceful time in history (this is looking at the world after the Second World War) and because of all this positive things we have overpopulation and ecological problems that are hard to fix.
Here walks in Elon Musk with dreams that are the continuation of that dream of a better world except he wants it to be several better worlds, a spacefaring humanity and ecological mature culture that strive towards solving the problems of fossil fuels by utilizing and creating infrastructures to use nature's power for the world and our benefit as a species.
If you are interested in any of that, this book will invigorate you with the sheer arrogance and vision of this one man and the things he has achieved are absolutely herculean in scope while risking it all for a belief in humanity.
Most innovators and smart people in this world are not building the future but betting on sales skims that do not create anything or just expanding on entertainment for sale. Only a few are pushing for true innovation, visionary dreams that only children dare to have and creating a new future that is not just about money but a vision that believes we could do better; we could be gardeners instead of a plague on our world.
A fast paced and interesting view of the technology business world, with a very american cheerleader histrionics and to many awesomes for my taste and phrases like “The optics of the situation “ are used instead of one word, but all this I can forgive because the bulk of the book is very well presented and explains a lot of what is going on in industries that are for the most part very secretive.
Is it a bit to positive? Yes, but don't you need a bit of positivity and hope in your life?
Is it impartial? I doubt it, but it gives a fairly vast picture of what this man is about, after all perhaps he has a few more year to go and I hope he continues to develop his dream, just because he has one.
A book that invigorated me and I enjoyed cover to cover; plus ultra, plus ultra.
SpaceX and Tesla have really captured my attention. The fabulous wealth that Elon has gathered in a relatively short period of time makes him a fascinating subject.
This is a very interesting account of Musk and his companies. I've no doubt a warts and all with more details on his childhood will eventually be released but for now this is an interesting insight into the history of his companies and how he sees the future.
"Great book, 5 star"
What a great book, very interesting on how everything got started, his dreams and goals. I found it very motivational and will be listening to it again.
What an intense look at high flying ceo's and what it takes to stay there. I enjoyed and found intrest in every second of this book!
"Great life story and narrator"
Absolutely fascinating story's about musk and his companies and his interesting business ethics. Great read
Enjoyed listening to the book. Some insight into the world of Elon and the rise of his really exciting ventures. Highly recommended
"Engrossed till the very end!"
Loved every minute of this book. Great production by Fred Sanders, and Asked Vance has done a brilliant job in expressing Musk's personality, drive and psyche. Amazing book!
"What an interesting man!"
Elon Musk came across a very complex and sometimes a bit like a petulant child. However, I couldn't help but warm to him.
Hearing the words being delivered always adds that extra meaning to them and Fred did exactly that.
No, far too long and detailed for that. I listened to in in chunks.
Definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in business, engineering or space travel.
"Fascinating and inspiring. A must listen."
A man who turned his life into inspiration just like Jobs and many others before him. Looking forward to the future now.
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