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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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  • Ant
  • 07-02-2018

Great technology and business read

Really enjoyed the insight into brilliance, drive and oppurtunity. A fascinating world of missionary and mercenary tactics.

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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!!

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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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-2017

example of what business should not be....

eye opener on what a bad irresponsible company Amazon and founder is Not a roll model for the future generation

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  • Scott Bales
  • 27-12-2016

The Narrative of Amazon

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-2016

Great book

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

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  • Ashish
  • 01-09-2016

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
  • 22-01-2016

great read

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

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  • Timothy
  • 20-11-2015

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
  • 16-06-2014

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.

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  • Skydiver7
  • 25-10-2017

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..

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  • Ivan
  • 10-06-2015

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.

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  • Hannah Devoy
  • 21-06-2018

A fascinating story

I bought this after the book was recommended to me by a friend and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The chronicle of Bezos and Amazon’s rise to meteoric success is fascinating and I learnt so much about the company and its founder that I hadn’t expected. As someone with a firm interest in the human mind, I enjoyed hearing about Bezos’s drive and ambition, and how he has translated that into the brand we all know today. The book itself is well written and engaging, and I thought the narration style was fitting for the tale. Highly recommended!

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  • Lance Johnson
  • 20-06-2018

I did not want like this book

This is the story of how Amazon was conceived, started, and formed. It highlights Jeff Bezos life and personality, Amazon culture, Amazon ventures: how they were conceived, how Amazon dealt with competition, and how Amazon grew into the largest company in the world.

If you are reading this review, you are either a person interested in starting a business, or someone who is frequently using Amazon.com and want to know more about this great business. I believe one of the inspirations of this book, and for many biographical books on business leader was the enormous success of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.

There are certain things this book does well, and certain things it should have done well. One thing the author did well was to first to meet and find Ted Jorgenson, Jeff Bezos long-lost biological father, and reveal what actually happened to his son. Another thing it did well, was repeat a theme recurrently, adding to the narrative at each stage. For e.g. Jeff Bezos laugh was highlighted throughout the book. It was highlighted at the beginning as unique and bombastic to terrorising employees. I felt it was very strange, except at the end the author highlights how the laugh is exactly like his father, a person he never met. A unexpected but deep and touching connection.

The book did not do enough to investigate Amazon financial and funding record. Amazon has been able to run for at least 10 years in loss, a highly unusual situation for a retail giant. One wonders who would keep throwing their money into a loss making organisation. Long term investment in that is extremely unusual, one wonder if rumours of Amazon funding are true. To me it is plausible, because no VC has 100s of millions of pound to throw at a losing business.

Mackenzie Bezos, Jeff Bezos wife, wrote a Amazon review pointing to some inaccuracies. While I am sure this is the case, even Ms. Bezos would make errors about certain facts of her life from ten years ago. The most important thing to note, is this book is balanced in its praise and criticism of Amazon, something that the Amazon's company may not like, and the real reason for Ms. Bezos's review. Despite some errors, it tells an important story in an interesting way to give its reader lessons in an entertaining format.

I wish for anyone who watches Bezos interview to read this book. What Bezos's philosphy is not consistent with his actions. For e.g. Jeff Bezos says to focus on the customer, not competition - this is not the case e.g. Diaper.com.


Bezos shares many qualities of Steve Jobs, he is difficult to work for, he demands high quality, he is extremely intelligent, and he is extremely hardworking.

I would thoroughly recommend this book, and the excerpt on Audible does not do justice for the book.

Other books like this book I have read, which I also enjoyed are: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and Losing my virginity by Richard Branson.

If you had listened and enjoyed those books you will definitely enjoy this.

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  • X-man
  • 10-05-2018

Wow.

Helps one better appreciate just how Amazon became "Amazon", and what an awesome achievement it is for Jeff Bezos and the varied people who / circumstances which made it happen. In my view it is very well researched, written and delivered.

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  • Alex Dixon
  • 30-04-2018

Not enough meat in the sandwich.

Started off well during the startup stage, but descended into an abyss of filler towards the end. Felt like he was reading the minutes from a fat stack of internal meetings at times.

This book doesn't hit the same chords as others in this category (such as Shoe Dog). Feels like it was released too early with not enough input from Jeff.

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  • Jeremy Quadri
  • 22-03-2018

Enjoyed it immensely

Bezzos is a no nonsense character, highly educated, driven individual. Finished it within a couple of days.

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  • James Gardner
  • 13-03-2018

Very interesting audio book

I really enjoyed this book and found the insights into Amazon fascinating. It’s amazing how much it’s grown in such a relative short period of time. A great listen for anyone wanting to grow and expand their company.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2018

Fascinating insight into an enigmatic company

Meticulously-researched, even-handed and in-depth account of the inseperable relationship between Amazon as one of the world's largest retailers and the personal philosophy of Jeff Bezos. I learnt a lot from this book about the highs and lows of Amazon's rise to business leadership