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The Everything Store Audiobook

The Everything Store

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Publisher's 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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    20/07/2017
    20/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "fascinating insight into Amazon's growth"

    a great insight into what makes Jeff Bezos tick as well as insights into the strategic decision making around various stages and the growth of the company. Lots to learn here

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    Christopher 16/06/2017
    Christopher 16/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Dense, but it was alright"

    The story was a little distant from Bezos and what kind of person he was in his private life. More about the achievements of Amazon and subsidiary companies. It also overlooked going into depth about Blue Origin, which would have been cool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 11/06/2017
    Troy 11/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting and educational"

    great insight into the mind of a billionaire. Not my management style but then I'm not a billionaire. Reminds me of a Trump quote when you're rich you don't have to be nice as you don't have to worry about making people like you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose 05/06/2017
    Jose 05/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A great insight if anything slightly too brief."

    A great insight into Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Would've liked for this to be a little bit longer and to go into more detail in areas like AWS and International operations. No mention of Alibaba as a competitor either. I strongly recommend this to a student of business or Bezos looking to expand their understanding of the company ethos and how it emerged to become what it is today.

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    Shavkat 21/01/2017
    Shavkat 21/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very high level info about company history"

    Was hoping it will give much deeper analysis and review of company culture, product development and other business processes. Somewhat informative though. Gives info about its values, certain events in company history.

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    Dan deVries 02/06/2016
    Dan deVries 02/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Little on AWS strategy or use"

    Was hoping for more on the strategy and uses of AWS but this is little more than a footnote in the book

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Scott Bales
    Singapore, Singapore
    27/12/16
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    "The Narrative of Amazon"

    interesting insights into the stroy behind Amazon and it's founder. a company where anything seems possible, and likely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Cape Town, South Africa
    21/10/16
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    "Great book"

    This book gives great insight into the world of Amazon and its creator. Definitely worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashish
    1/09/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Larry Krug
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    22/01/16
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    "great read"

    really interesting. well narated story. similar extreme thinking to jobs in some ways. focused on delivering a great product

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
    Johanesburg, South Africa
    20/11/15
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    "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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  • iLard
    London, UK
    16/06/14
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan
    Verona, Italy
    10/06/15
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Nelson
    London, UK
    12/10/15
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    "I'd recommend the abridged version"

    This was a good book, but long. I thought it was very detailed but in some ways I don't need that level of detail. I would recommend the book, but the abridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    26/06/17
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    "Excellent"

    This is a fascinating story about a great company and visionary leader, written in an excellent book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarathy E.
    15/06/17
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    "A persistent effort which paid off.. Jeff Bezos"


    May be certain events could have been avoided.
    I loved the initial setup of amazon... How the name was arrived at... The way he kept his top execs on toes... and also the last part of defining what is cool and what is not.

    overall good book but not a blockbuster.

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/06/17
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    "Fascinating"

    As a business book, giving an insight into the growth of Amazon and Bezos I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ShopMyStyle
    London
    20/04/17
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    "great book"

    really loved it. the energy. the drive. understanding​ this is important. protect against this drive for owning Everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • francis mooney
    13/04/17
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    "One word "sweatshop""

    Winderful insight into the operations of Amazon. Just don't apply for a job working with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Afro Nerd
    1/04/17
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    "Loved it"

    This man is inspirational, true chess master. I was hooked all the way. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. E. Abrams
    10/03/17
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    "brilliant book. great storyline, awesome narration"

    Had a wonderful time listening to it on my daily commute. gave me the boost that I needed to succeed in my industry. kudos to Jeff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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