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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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    Anonymous 23/10/2017
    23/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Facinating!"

    the rollercoaster journey of Amazon. captivating from the minute i started listening. it was such a non-biased point of view. Amazon - the good, the bad, the ugly. warts and all! and there was a fair amount of warts! facinating stuff!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 18/09/2017
    Sarah 18/09/2017
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    "Interesting insight into the Amazon brand"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. There is no denying that Jeff bezos is a successful entrepreneur and it was interesting to read how the company developed with a passionate and direct leader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 16/09/2017
    Adam 16/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating insight into the beginning and current operations of Amazon"

    Highly recommended for anyone who has ever bought anything from Amazon or has an interest in the company and its operations. The narration follows the early stages of Amazon's development and how they led and evolved as e-commerce developed. This book has a wealth of insights for business leaders and consumers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Brennan Brisbane, Australia 16/08/2017
    Jill Brennan Brisbane, Australia 16/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Just too long"

    This could have been better with a more rigorous edit. Some of the details didn't seem that relevant to the overall story.

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    V. Mehra 15/08/2017
    V. Mehra 15/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Its Bezos' story and not of Amazon"

    Very disappointing read. Its all about Bezos and his style of working. Not what the title suggests.

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    Anonymous 27/07/2017
    27/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written"

    Insights and lots of knowledge gained from this book. Not all favourable for the company reviewed, or its founder, but such a joy to listen to.

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    Anonymous 20/07/2017
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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.

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    Anonymous 11/06/2017
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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

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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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  • Scott Bales
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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
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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.

    5 of 5 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
  • Skydiver7
    25/10/17
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    "Not a bar raiser..."

    The first half of the download really did not get behind the building of Amazon and there was a real lack of depth to the people involved for me. Having just listened to Steve Job's story, this lacked detail on Bezos and the people behind the build up. The second half of the download is much better. Some of the narration with the quotes is really jarring and really irritated me. Worth a listen? - Yes, but the sorry could have been so much better..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poyntonian
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    14/11/17
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    "Interesting story, poor audio book though"

    Dear Mr Bezos,

    as the richest man in the world , owner of Audible and subject of this book. You should really pay for getting this audio book decently narrated. It's an interesting story, seemingly well researched and layed out. The narration is okay, bit wooden. But what spoils it is the periodic and random interjections, from what seems like another narrator. well either that or you've got Amazon Polly chipping in.

    Regards

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas Rose
    26/09/17
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    "Incredible story- a must read."

    This is the greatest business story of this generation, a tremendous vision that Bezos never changed or wavered from. This book is told in such a great and informative manner, which describes the rise of this formidable giant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    21/09/17
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    "One word...Scary!!"

    Jeff bezos vs Rockerfeller .. only time will tell but it seems like he's sucking up "everything"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Gillespie
    2/09/17
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    "Brilliant"

    The beginning was a bit slow, but after a hour or so I was hooked. What a legend Jeff is, although cut throat with competition. 4.5 stars would be a more accurate review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Williams
    London, UK
    14/08/17
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    "interesting insight"

    This is an interesting insight into the online giant, giving a good base to understand how it reached such a strong position. Moreover it sheds light onto Jeff Bezos and his way of thinking. It will likely date as the tale is not yet complete but it's certainly good coverage of the period up until 2013.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Valentine
    3/08/17
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    "Decent insight"

    Personally this felt like a timeline of events more than a personal insight into how Jeff thinks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aneki
    26/07/17
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    "Wow! "

    Brad Stone has delivered a fantastic book - the work of an expert journalist. The good, bad, and ugly side of Amazon is presented along with the encompassing vision of its founder, clearly showing his relentless and ruthless pursuit of his mission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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