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Elon Musk Audiobook

Elon Musk

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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 2017
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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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 17/06/2016
    Michael Sydney, Australia 17/06/2016
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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.

    18 of 20 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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    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rufus Keown 31/05/2017
    Rufus Keown 31/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A really good read (listen)"

    Really enjoyed musks story of obsession and his drive to make the world a better place. Highly recommended for those who believe in a bright future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 11/07/2016
    Brian 11/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant book"

    An amazing story of a truly remarkable and resilient man. Vance captures Musk's personality, both good and bad points, and digs deep into his success and failures.

    Very well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 31/07/2017
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    "Changing force"

    Musk has ambitions that are so magnetic that it makes you want to change the world too.
    He really is shaping the future, Ashlee Vance does an outstanding job presenting this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    benedict 20/05/2016
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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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    Wendy Thompson 17/01/2018
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    "What part of 'optional' title do you want?"

    Elon Musk sounds like a fascinating individual. I look forward to his next chapter in life and owning a Tesla some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cliff willumsen 11/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "a great insight into a very interesting man"

    I really enjoyed listening to this great book it is amazing to think that one man has achieved so much in his lifetime I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in environmental issues and solar power

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • innovate risk
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    26/10/17
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    "Fascinating insight"

    This is an excellent audio book onto the insights of Elon Musk. In particular the first half provides a brilliant view of his background, his leadership style and the type of personality that drives such an interesting person.

    I did find the second half of the book a bit too much about the industry of space exploration, electric cars and solar power. This meant you were losing the insights into the person, and it became a more technical book on the industry.

    Overall a great read but perhaps this should have been 2 books - one about the person and one about the industries.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Cope
    13/08/17
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    "Fascinating"

    I found Elon's story really fascinating but I would have liked to hear more from Elon himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Emielke
    6/12/17
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    "Facinated by Musk"

    The book gives insight into the determination of the visionary master that Elon Musk is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yudeshtra Naidoo
    South Africa
    2/08/17
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    "Inspiring Read"

    Elon Musk, a South-African born entrepreneur is on a course to change the world. His track record is impressive and if he meets his goals- will change all our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila K.
    14/06/17
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    "Elon is exotic, he has wild dreams and ambitions."

    I liked the book. Rivetting. It makes Elon seem more human, super smart, but human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arno
    29/05/17
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    "Great story"

    Nice to understand all companies he is involved with. Great entrepreneur poor person personally, but for greater good amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Vella
    26/05/17
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    "Great insight"
    Any additional comments?

    A great listen. Love the man or despise him, he is a true game changer and world influence.
    I was enthralled and amused and totally impressed. Now i wish i owned a Tesla.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanjay Kumar
    24/05/17
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    "very easy to understand and clear script."

    interesting, got inspired to read more. I think Elon is the kind of person that is the need of current technical industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guru P.
    14/05/17
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    "awesome biopic..liked very much"

    loved it.. much easier to keep hearing a biography while driving or walking, and completed my first biopic of Elon Musk just in a week..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eugene
    Kenya
    18/12/16
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    "Stunning"

    I do not normally read/ listen to this type of subject, but this book did not let me go until I finished listening. Elon Musk is an incredible person, and his achievements even more incredible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    13/12/16
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    "Too much rambling"

    There are very good parts in this book about Elon Musk's career but there is a lot of filler by talking about how his companies do better than the competition by doing this or other design choices. Most of them are subjective opinions of the author or the people interviewed and are not measurable facts. Also all of his childhood living with his father is missing yet they keep alluding to it later on as a key point in his life. I feel I learned something from Elon as an entrepeneur in spite of the filler of this book though so not all was lost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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