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The Everything Store

Narrated by: Pete Larkin
Length: 13 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (316 ratings)
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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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was really hoping for a riveting story

really struggled to finish it but kept going hoping there might be a good conclusion. it felt like that writer didn't put in as much effort into research and/or was not as passionate about the subject. so in the end it felt as though he was listing his findings rather than telling a story. really disappointed compared to Elon Musk and Phil Knight books, because Jeff Bezos is just as passionate about his works as the other two but it doesn't come across and I feel that the write and his research team are to blame for it.

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Good, worth a listen

I had just finished Shoe Dog - the story of Phill Knight, creator of Nike and The Everything Store just wasn't as interesting a story to me. Still a good book and worth a listen. Glad I did.

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Dated. Sold a pony

Out of date information. It was not clear that when the storyline was written up too. If Amazon was the everything store it could develop a way to add information and make the book current. The writer would get another earn, Amazon would get add additional sale.
Should be made clear that the book was old.
My first disappointment. Suspended for one month.

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Troy Tyler

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Amazing how quickly this story needs updating

I enjoyed hearing about Jeff but know its not the final story on him. Its nice to consider who he is and where he came from.

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Amazing story!

Amazing story of an amazing - and scary! - man, his dream, unbelievable mind and character.

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Great book, fantastic story

Really enjoyed this book. It was it very well written and researched and a such a fantastic story.

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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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  • Rajsekhar Gopisetti
  • 06-01-2019

really great book!

tells about the hardwork that goes into building an organization, which is world class! awesome

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-2019

More a report than anything else

I found this hard to follow, Bezos' story is interesting but I found there to be too much information to process, to many quotes from reports, newspaper articles etc rather than an insight to Amazon. Maybe that is what it is advertised as but I was expecting more of a free flowing story. I am about half way through and struggling to find the motivation to finish it.

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  • Sean
  • 17-03-2019

Long but fascination

What a character Bezos is. This book seems to know everything. It’s omnipresent. I loved it. Great job all involved.

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  • Darren Barthram
  • 01-03-2019

Interesting insight to Amazon's success.

Good clear interesting narration on the founding years of Amazon. Good in-depth story-line on the way Jeff Bezos built up Amazon and commanded respect in his company. How Jeff always wanted to create the store that delivers everything, combined with his interest in space travel.Jeff's childhood and family background are also spoken of, making this a very interesting insight into the world's richest man and his journey to be successful. Well recommended !!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-02-2019

Audio patches in the middle

The audio was not smooth, there were audio patches applied in between that were a bit annoying.

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  • Aidan John
  • 06-02-2019

Okay. Too much information nearly

Okay. Too much information nearly. It is worth reading as he is now the richest person in the world

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  • HImanshu
  • 18-01-2019

what a book and what a great company truly amazed

loved the company and what its doing. love to be part of something way bigger than myself

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  • Manu
  • 21-12-2018

great insight to Amazon and Jeff bezos.

overall a very good read it does get boring at certain places but a great insight to Amazon and Jeff bezos