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Elon Musk Audiobook

Elon Musk

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mikhail 17/06/2016
    Mikhail 17/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating story of an exceptional man"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    MKG Sydney, Australia 07/05/2016
    MKG Sydney, Australia 07/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Biography Ever!"

    Simply the most impressive and exciting true story about a person's life that I've ever known.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 17/06/2016
    Michael Sydney, Australia 17/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 21/05/2016
    Mark 21/05/2016
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    "Loved it"

    Great story well told, if slightly biased towards the end. He is an amazing and terrifying man.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    benedict 20/05/2016
    benedict 20/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "such an amazing story."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 20/01/2017
    Sally 20/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book"

    What an amazing story! So inspirational for outside the box thinking. This book is well written and has great narration. Now, off to buy a tesla

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 16/01/2017
    Alexander 16/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspirational and informative"

    Such a fantastic insight into the mind of Elon Musk and his amazing companies that will be shaping our future in the years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 10/01/2017
    Andrew 10/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A REAL EYE OPENER "

    While a few parts got a bid academic and detailed this book is one that every business leader HAS TO READ.

    Not just because this man is changing our future but he represents on a smaller scale how so many industrys are, have and will be disrupted.

    Thus highlighting the importance that you as a leader must disrupt or be disrupted.

    Fascinating and a real eyeopener

    Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayson Mair Australia 04/01/2017
    Jayson Mair Australia 04/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A real behind the scenes story."

    I really enjoyed this. You get a real understanding of Musk, the good and not so, which gives you mote understanding of how he thinks and goes about his decisions, no matter how good or bad they seem to be. If you have followed him in the press, you hear about what was going on behind the scenes with certain situations which I enjoyed. A great listen/read about possibly one of the world's greatest minds I believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Thomas 04/01/2017
    Jordan Thomas 04/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth your time"

    Fascinating story, well written and narrated. Assuming you haven't stumbled upon my review, I can confidently state this audio book is worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Fabrice Kabongo
    12/06/16
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    "Very inspiring!"

    when you listen to this book, you know your dream of changing the world can be achieved

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marek
    8/01/17
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    "Must read for every engineer"

    Albeit a bit long at the beginning the middle section about how Elon got his ventures started is incredible and inspiring!! Listening to it makes you want to work 150h/week

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uelese
    21/12/16
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    "an inspiring story"

    an inspiring story by one of the great minds in business and someone that should be celebrated. highly recommend this book loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lalit
    21/11/16
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    "ok one"

    the story is nice some time.... looks a bit cooked .... but the audio performance was excellent and fun to listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/11/16
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    "Awesome"

    It is one of the best book i have ever listen till date.Elon Musk is great motivation for the 1st gen entrepreneurs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    26/10/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wikus
    22/10/16
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    "Inspiring!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    16/10/16
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    "Inspiring"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rithvik
    19/09/16
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    "superb Musk "

    narrator was good. story very inspiring. hope Musk will give more futuristic enivronment friendly products

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RITWIK
    29/08/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • MJK Entreprises
    1/10/16
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    "Great insight into Musk's worldview"

    Really enjoyed this background on the vision and drive of Elon Musk. Puts a lot of things in perspective and tells an amazing story. Well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • dragos sucea
    10/09/16
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    "Amazing"

    Very good book, highly recommended. It shows what it really takes to be successful if you translate it to whatever it is you would like to do

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Tyler
    UK
    17/01/17
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    "Very good"

    Good narrator, great insight into Elon Musk and overall a very good book. Incredibly interesting!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ahmed K
    17/01/17
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    "Extremely interesting and eye opening biography!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Gets really deep into what makes Musk and his companies what they are now. More than just a way to learn more about Musk, it shows some of what's necessary to accomplish such successes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • O. B. Charity
    Dundee, UK
    16/01/17
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    "Loved it"

    Very interesting book, many things I hadn't heard before. Nicely explained and entertaining. Would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    15/01/17
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    "Fascinating insight but a little repetitive"

    Well written book with a good relatively independent view of the history of Musks companies. Issue is repetitive nature of second half of the book- lots of the same principles come up time and again without really developing much further insight into the direction or the individual.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ed R
    London, UK
    5/01/17
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    "Inspirational story"

    Being an engineer myself I found learning about Musk's approach and achievements fascinating and inspiring. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in technology or business.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S. Baker
    London, UK
    1/01/17
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    "Now I Know About Elon Musk"
    What made the experience of listening to Elon Musk the most enjoyable?

    In general, the man thinks big. Massive. He's a genius without care and a man with a mission. It's awe inspiring to hear his achievements. As mentioned in the book (paraphrasing), he's a love child of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing we have people like Musk in the world is reassuring that we're not completely doomed.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a one-time read, to get a history of Elon Musk. Once you're up to date, you can follow his current adventures outside the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Arvin Seeva
    26/12/16
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    "An eye opening insight into the future."

    A recommended biography of a person that sounds like a slave driver, but driven by passion for a better future and humanity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony Sephton
    22/12/16
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    "Good"

    This story was an interesting listen. Musk is a real genius and the things he has achieved in business seems unreal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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