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Business Biographies and Memoirs: 6 Manuscripts

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
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In this bundle, we take a deep dive into the lives, successes, and failures of some of the most successful (and wealthiest) men on the planet. 

What makes them different? What is it about them that makes them super-achievers? You will discover all of that and more.

What is it about Jeff Bezos that allows him to change the way the entire world shops (and become the richest man on the planet in doing so)?

How does Elon Musk go from working in the fires of a toxic furnace to leading the charge in space travel?

How did Steve Jobs create and lead what would later become the world’s first trillion company?

Did Bill Gates (the richest man on Earth for nearly two decades) really steal technology? 

How did Jack Ma, who was denied a job working at Kentucky Fried Chicken (and was the only one of 24 applicants not to get hired), start the company that would later set the record for the largest IPO in the history of the New York Stock Exchange?

We will even show you how Richard Branson might not be as rich as people think. He is, in fact, richer.

All of these questions are answered. All of these myths are debunked, or truths verified.

Don’t wait any longer! Download now to discover more about some of the most successful businessmen and world-changing innovators this world has ever seen.

©2018 CAC Publishing LLC (P)2018 CAC Publishing LLC

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  • onp
  • 06-06-2019

Derivative, superficial, and self-involved

This is one of the vaguest, most self involved and derivative books I have read. The book almost spends more time covering the author’s own perceptions and memories of the events initiated by the book’s purported biographical subjects than on the subject themselves. Yes, there are some good biographical elements which were probably paraphrased from better biographies written by others, but the book continually refers to itself and discusses “the purpose of this book” and “this book” and “what I’ve been trying to say with this book” at numerous intervals, and claims to “cut through the hyperbole” and “provide critical analysis”. It does none of this, but it does provide a superficially opinionated take on the lives of its subjects in a way that is annoying, pseudo-professorial, and difficult to read. I wish I could get a refund.

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  • Kate Poole
  • 09-01-2020

A truly interesting look

A truly interesting look at a guy who always struck me as being an insufferable jerk. Turns out that he was indeed quite the jerk and this book makes no attempt to gloss over that fact. However, the book also gives us a look at Jobs' good side and what a fascinating side it was. This book will appeal to everyone from the total technical layman to professional computer scientists. It's really not so much about the technology but about the man. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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  • Ginger Phillips
  • 19-02-2020

What an inspiration

What an inspiration! I may have listen some parts several times. People like Elon Musk are born once in a lifetime of the earth. Worth listening!

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  • Marlene Clark
  • 19-02-2020

It’s not just a fascinating story

It’s not just a fascinating story, a lot of observations and parallels made by the author are not trivial and make this text an example of great investigative journalism

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  • Karen Franz
  • 19-02-2020

This book gave me a much clearer understanding

This book gave me a much clearer understanding of not only Musk but the driving internal forces and his objective. It provided excellent descriptions of the products he has driven to market. I will be looking forward to seeing him and his companies achieve all his goals.

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  • Arthur Jacobo
  • 19-02-2020

Excellent book

Excellent book, one of the best I've listen . It includes all kind of anecdotes that contribute to understand the amazing case of Amazon, its philosophy and why it came to be the biggest retailer on the internet.

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  • Victor Grant
  • 11-01-2020

A common thread of the highly successful entrepre

A very thorough review of the Amazon story and a profile of its founder. As in other books I have listen about these success stories, the founder has been very arrogant, highly driven, very hands on, and at one or more times in the story, was extremely lucky at a pivotal time in the life of the company.

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  • Jonathan Carroll
  • 11-01-2020

Great High Quality Overview

I agree with some of the other comments that the narration music is a bit off at times and I don't know why they showed the one guy getting dusted with makeup behind the scenes? haha But overall I enjoyed it and would consider it of value. I would recommend

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  • Marian Caroll
  • 11-01-2020

Insanely great

My favorite biography to this date. Isaacson did a great job with the book. He really covered Steve's passion for "insanely great" products. The book was hard to put down. Highly recommend for anyone that has an entrepreneurial mindset and is trying to reach for things others do not think are possible.

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  • Betsy Grisham
  • 11-01-2020

Full disclosure.

Elon works for me. As a stock holder in Tesla I wanted to learn more about the unicorn that runs this extraordinary company. It's entertaining and gives a thumbnail sketch of the man who built a great electric car and now will sell you a roof to power it.

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  • Morgan Moore
  • 18-10-2019

A prodigious biography

A prodigious biography, but caution, its front-loaded with neediness. JR MacGregor has what many consider the best biography of Bill Gates. Mr. JR MacGregor research is at a level that few biographers attain, particularly as he deals with the complexity of the birth of an industry. The result is often overwhelming with numbers and names of the early proliferation of computer languages and stages of software development. To anyone who lived the era this is fascinating and memorable stuff . Just about the time you hope to get to the character of Bill Gates the author is there with insights, anecdotes and the maturity of a biographer who has come to know his subject well. This is a large work. Not airplane listening, and not light listening. But the reward is in a deeper understanding of one of the most interesting men of the last two centuries. The new edition helps.

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  • Ben Walton
  • 18-10-2019

Great listen

Great listen for anyone who wants to know why Amazon is the behemoth it is. Its amazing about how one man wants a company to be everything to everybody, and its coming true right before our eyes. Where most experts state to focus on one goal an be good at it, this book proves that with a a lot of ambition, a clear vision, and the willingness to please the customer, even the so call impossible can be possible. Despite the book being a little dated, there are a lot of tips and advice to pick up for those who want to start their own business. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-2020

Waste of mone,Ranting writer and useless narrator

Anyone wanting to learn about the entrepreneurs in this book can learn so much from the Internet and Wikipedia. This writer just repeats himself and try to impose his own views all the time. Bias writer. Instead, he could have just state the facts and let readers/listeners make up their own minds. The narrator speaks like Micky Mouse and spoils everything. Overall, a waste of money and not worth the time.

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  • Kyle
  • 01-07-2020

It was OK

70% or so of this book is about Bezos. It's interesting but at the same time it doesn't really offer anything besides the opinion of the writer, which at times seems uninformed or uneducated on the matter that the opinion is given. That's fine I guess, we don't know everything but still I feel like this book is missing a lot. In this book you'll here a lot about how each person grew up being 'special' and everyone around them felt they had something special that got them to where they were. It kind of paints a weird picture in my opinion.

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  • Steve P.
  • 21-11-2019

Author painfully biased and pushes own philosophies

I listened to the whole thing and nearly turned it off about 20 times. The author sucks up the the people he is writing about and it’s cringeworthy.

This is my first ever review because I felt so strongly about warning people away from this book.

The author also spends a stupid amount of time driving his own philosophies on ‘finite and infinite’ people. Each manuscript diverts away from the original subject and on to the Authors own thoughts on this pointless categorisation that has nothing to do with the purpose of the manuscripts. I’d not be surprised if the author had another book dedicated to the subject and that these were pathetic attempts to lure people to them.

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  • Joseph Davis
  • 18-10-2019

Screw It, let's do it

"Screw it, let's do it". This is definitely the mantra portrayed in the book and all of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson business. It's a great lesson in risk and doing what you love. If you are doing something that you truly love doing, the risk can be less or feel like less. Virgin is such an impressive company/brand, a great lesson in diversifying and creating positive social and economic change along the way.

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  • Kevin Ewell
  • 17-10-2019

Excellent, Wonderful

Excellent, Wonderful. Informative, Fascinating. I loved it from start to finish, but then I love everything Apple. While Jobs was brilliant, creative, and innovative, he also had a cruel and mean side. He was abandoned by his father and put up for adoption which was a large factor in his life, yet he abandoned his own daughter. He was run out of Apple, and then came back in when it was on the ropes and saved it with products that were never conceived of before. The details he demanded in product design and even packaging for the products has influenced many more industries into taking pride in the manner their products are presented. The book is long, thorough, very well researched and written. If you like to listen , like computers, like biography, or don't have a book you are into, this is a book for you.

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  • Phyllis Neel
  • 15-10-2019

Absolutely incredible

As an aerospace entrepreneurial engineer by major, I've been a fan of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson for years, and I've watched as theit companies went from small and viewed as laughable by the public, to being some of the biggest and most crucial companies on the planet..

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  • AC
  • 26-08-2020

Musings of the author not biographies

I don't know how this series has a 4.4 rating, it's horrendous. The entire series is anecdotal. The actual information on each of the business men combined could be given in less than an hour. These books are the musings of the author on the business men. The only reason I completed the series is that I have OCD. Please do yourself a favour and listen to something else.

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  • R. Grindley
  • 26-08-2020

Bias & speculative opinion rarely back up by fact

I despirately wanted to like or even gain use from this series of manuscripts. There is so much to learn from studying these influential business men. However, the book falls short at every time. Instead of a distilled and clear fact driven account of the lives and works of these people. The author has unashamedly glossed over the difficulties faced in their endeavours and how they were impacted and over came them. Key life events are vaguely mentioned without most key dates or figures, followed by extensive sycophantic ramblings which do little more than pad out the book and assert the authors opinion as fact. I expect that the author has done a great deal of research into the men discussed in the manuscripts, however, it does not read that way. The heavily bias narrative detracts considerably from what the author is trying to achieve. The author also significantly neglects the role of women in the development of these men into successful business giant's which almost comes across misogynistic in parts.
I have gained far more helpful and useful insights into these business figure heads from other books such as those published by Influential Individuals. It irks me that what sounds like the perfect book, studying such an excellent collection of fascinating people has been so disappointing and I just cannot recommend this book.
I am loathed to leave such a scathing review especially for an indie publisher, I would love to see the book reworked as I would certainly give it another go as I am still fascinated by the people discussed