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.
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 insightful perspective into the various facets of Elon's life, work and thinking.
The narration wasn't particularly to my taste but was alright, the content was what made me return to hear more.
Yes. I started off listening to this with no idea who Elon Musk was. I thought Ashlee did a great job articulating her interactions with Musk and capturing the success of his life so far. I liked the fact that Ashlee was honest at times but didn't go as far as to undermine Musk. Ashlee conveyed an honest account of Musk and conveyed the respect she had for the man. It's even got me thinking about buying an electric care in the future to support the hard work that he has put in which is going to change our lives for the better!
Great book to listen to. Would of been better if you could hear the appendix when they were relevant throughout the book. Other than that, interesting to see how it all came together for Elon.
loved learning so much about Musk. Don't think I'd work for him given his work ethic and expectations though. I do have alot of respect for him based on this reading, not just admiration.
when you listen to this book, you know your dream of changing the world can be achieved
"Amazing story! Inspiring man. Appendix downfall. "
Loved every moment of learning more about this man's story. Surely the ripples of what he is doing will be felt for decades to come. Looking forward to following more.
The audio book was wonderful. The only downfall being that the appendixes were only read out at the end, rather than where they were relevant to the story ... detracting from the end of the book somewhat.
"What a great book"
I listened to this on audible over the last month while at the gym. My brain got bigger at the same time that my muscles got bigger!
Well written, interesting, inspiring
"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
"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
the story is nice some time.... looks a bit cooked .... but the audio performance was excellent and fun to listen
It is one of the best book i have ever listen till date.Elon Musk is great motivation for the 1st gen entrepreneurs.
"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.
"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.
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
Good narrator, great insight into Elon Musk and overall a very good book. Incredibly interesting!!!
"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.
Very interesting book, many things I hadn't heard before. Nicely explained and entertaining. Would recommend.
"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.
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.
"Now I Know About Elon Musk"
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.
Knowing we have people like Musk in the world is reassuring that we're not completely doomed.
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.
"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.
This story was an interesting listen. Musk is a real genius and the things he has achieved in business seems unreal.
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