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Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Lu par : Fred Sanders
Durée : 13 h et 23 min
4,6 out of 5 stars (272 notations)

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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius' life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: Can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk - one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history - is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

©2015 Ashlee Vance (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Fred Sanders narrates this smartly written biography with the right balance of gravitas and entertainment value, providing accents for some of the major characters including a convincing South African accent for the story's star.... The combination of great narration, well-written and well-researched content, and a bigger-than-life subject propels this nuanced work into the upper atmosphere of audiobook biographies." (AudioFile)

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Great audiobook!

great story and very good narration, it was interesting to learn about a man like Elon Musk , his way of thinking and his personality, great visionary

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This was awesome!!!!

Good insight into Elon Musks life, and well read. It was really educative and entertaining at the same time

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Very inspiring

I just finished listening to it for the third time. A great companion to reach upwards.

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Very well told

If you are into biographies of such entrepreneurs this is a great one. The narrative, the story and emotions are very well given. Very much enjoyed.

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Super inspiring and accurate

This book has changed my vision on life. The life story of Elon musk is accurately transcripted.

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Very interesting story!

The story of Elon Musk is told in a very comprehensible way. He keeps Tesla, SpaceX and personal events grouped in separate chapters which greatly improves the experience. Especially when you listen to a chapter everyday. Each chapter stands on its own. My only issue with this book is the vast difference in chapter length. Some chapter are around 48 minutes long and some are almost two hours long.

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Inspiring

An inspiring biography that show how talent, willpower and resilience can pay. Next stop: Mars?

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Can't wait for the sequel!

Can't wait for the sequel, after 2016 when they unveiled the new Teslas and landed all these rockets.

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An adventure to fulfill the purpose of a lifetime.

This book reads like a great adventure to fulfill the purpose of a lifetime. The quest of a man pursuing improvements and creating the future without limitation.

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Inspiring and thrilling story

An inspiring insight about a visionary who ambitions nothing less than to enhance humanity, from a rather objective perspective. Some lengths in the detailed description of early high profile recruits to the companies, but nothing too annoying. The story of the up and downs of Tesla, SpaceX and to a lesser extent of Solar City, Wich are all linked to the up and down of Musk's personnal life, is truly thrilling. Definitely a must to have in your library if you are remotely interested in business, space, cars or silicon valley.

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  • Tristan
  • 20/08/2016

The best of competence porn

This book basically exploits your desire to read about extremely competent people, and you'll love it. Books like this are probably so entertaining because there is so much mediocrity in our own lives. It is refreshing to read about someone who apparently suffers from no mere human limitations.

It's a nice complement to Walter Issacson's Steve Jobs. In both, you will read about how an asshole with vision can create wonderful things by brute forcing his way through the inconveniences of reality. Both are fantastic books, but Issacson is the better journalist. Vance is so enamoured with his subject that you find him deflecting criticisms of Musk. He comes off as a bit of a fanboy, but you will forgive him, because it is so much fun to be a fanboy to Musk.

The heart of the book is the story of 2008, when both SpaceX and Tesla nearly went bankrupt. It's gripping: I couldn't press stop till I finished that section and so was stuck awake in my bed till 1:00am.

The book offers some genuine insights: one good engineer working constant overtime can achieve as much as eleven engineers trying to coordinate with each other. That's how you achieve truly great, new things. Good for them. Personally, I'm happy to listen to audiobooks while tending the garden, and so I'll have to accept that Vance won't write a book about me.

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  • Andy
  • 15/03/2017

This is not really a book about Musk...

The book is about the companies. It tells a high level story of their founding and Musk's role.

Unfortunately, it does very little to tell you about Musk. Who is he? What drives him? Why does he make the decisions he makes?

Those questions are essentially skipped. Rather than the writer asking Musk for the answer, he circumvents that conversation by talking to everyone (and like everyone, I'm talking about friends of friends) OTHER than Musk, which is a shame.

Honestly, I feel like I got more about who Musk is, and advice on how to adopt his philosophies from the 15 minute interview he did for TED.

In the end, this was nice because it summarized the stories of Musk's companies, but if you're looking for a book about Elon, and/or hoping to take away some wisdom from Musk's outlooks and experiences, this book is not for you.

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  • Don Middleton
  • 01/06/2015

Gifted people should attempt the extrordinary

If anything is to be learned from Ashlee Vance's biography of Elon Musk is that gifted children often have unsettled childhoods. However if those same kids develop into financially successful people the world might be better were they to put those resources and their talents to work doing things that seem to be impossible. I originally ordered this audio book because it seemed to me that Mr. Musk had attempted to do two of the three hardest and most complicated engineering and manufacturing tasks any one could attempt. One was space vehicles, and the other modern cars. I would say that the third is aircraft, which Musk may attempt later. That he has so far succeeded in the two he has tried is amazing. He not only did this but, I was to learn, he and his employees have totally rethought both systems, and are doing it entirely within the US, and with American labor.

His story could have be the all-to-familiar tale of a hi-tech engineer in Silicone Valley or Wall Street physicist-turned-finance-guy that made a pile of money early – in his case as a founder of PayPal – and then retired to live a life of luxury with no more than a dose of philanthropy to “give back to society”. Musk pushed past all of that to pursue childhood fantasies and dreams – turning them into real-life gains for humanity.

Consider that his company, SpaceEx, was the first private company to put a payload in orbit. Only a handful of entire countries had done that before. In fact SpaceEx, I believe, is the only organization (including countries) to have a orbit-payload-enabled booster rocket successfully execute a controlled lift-off, hover and vertical landing. As for electric cars, by starting from scratch, the whole process has been rethought. And going beyond the physical layout of the vehicle, the company is organized differently. Early in the process, his team at Tesla recognized that their vehicle (and electric vehicles in general) will have less need for maintenance and repair – a mainstay of dealerships. So Tesla made the decision to sell them directly through the internet and by showrooms that stand in conjunction with free solar-powered charging stations. He is getting a lot of serious push-back from traditional dealerships and, by extension, several state governments for this. But it really is the most efficient method. Without substantial maintenance income, Tesla dealerships would have had an extremely hard go of it and would have had to raise the already high sticker price too high to be practical. And efficiency is one of the many obsessions of Mr. Musk.

The only quibble I have with the text is that author makes a little too much of the apparent misery of Musk's childhood. Bullying has always been hardest on gifted children and Musk was obviously gifted. Surely the role of his parents, both positive and negative, must have been an even a larger influence than any school beatings. At least Elon as a child never really had to overcome grinding poverty. The book makes it clear that his father (also an engineer) left much to be desired as a parent – although no one in the family agreed to provide examples. But the fact is Musk choose to live much of his teenage years with his father even after his parents split. As strident and pedantic a task-master as anyone could image, his father still allowed his children to roam and explore to a great degree. To the teenage Elon, this must have been worth putting up with the negative stuff.

This the kind of book that both inspires and repels. It provides insight into much of what drives this extraordinary and often difficult man. And for those of us not blessed with his kind of visual photographic memory (and so very few are) we should take in this story to both marvel at its nuance and sincerely hope that the contributions of Musk continue.

To all of us, but especially to those to whom financial success has come, “Be ashamed to die until you have scored some victory for humanity.” – the educator Horace Mann, as quoted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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  • Drake
  • 19/09/2017

WARNING: this is one stressful rollercoaster ride

life is anything but easy. Elon musk? well, he makes us all look like babies. Be prepared to go head first into what it means to start a company that does against conventional thinking

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  • Alex Rigo
  • 22/05/2015

A great, in depth look into Elon Musk

I have to admit that I am a Tesla Motors, SpaceX. and overall Elon Musk fan. I knew the skeleton of most of these stories and was excited to listen to all of the additional details that really describe the emotions and atmosphere at the times while these companies were being created. The author definitely did his homework to get all of the most accurate information as possible. This is not a book that was put together based off of someone who is just reading articles and researching on their own.. This book is the cumulative sum of all of the direct conversations the author had with Elon Musk as well as all of the key people in his life that played a part in his entrepreneurial adventure into becoming the industrialist that he is today. There were many moments that I laughed out loud at how candid Elon is about things. It's a very unique perspective on life and tackling challenges in general. Superb all around, I'm going to be listening again soon.

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  • Michael
  • 27/05/2015

Inspiring

I've listened to it sometimes feeling that i was reading science fiction, sometimes feeling frustrated for wasted time, lost opportunities and abandoned dreams. How deeply humane, how inspiring, how essentially American! Up to this point Elon Musk has a legacy and his life and achievements will inspire generations to come. But I want to thank Ashlee Vance for embarking on such a project and delivering in such an elegant form. One of the best biographies I've read, unbiased, unintimidated and above all timely. We still need heroes.

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  • Nathan
  • 10/04/2017

excellent read!

makes you want to change and be a better person. The reader was amazing. highly recommended

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  • zachery
  • 29/05/2015

awsome biography

a great telling of the most amazing industrialist of our time....very entertaining.

out of a 100 audio books...the first one I've ever listened to twice. .back to back.

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  • Robert
  • 23/05/2015

Excellent

Extremely well written and researched. Fascinating subject. Great reader. I'll probably listen to this one again at some point.

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  • Luke
  • 21/05/2015

Interesting and Informative

The best overview of the Elon empire I've come across. Makes you excited for the future. I did like how the author was highly skeptical of many key aspects of Elon's life and companies - added to the authenticity of the biography. Worth a listen.

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  • Felix
  • 20/08/2015

Awesome read!!

Initially I was put off by what I perceived as the heavy marketing of the book. Then after reading "The Everything Store" about Jeff Bezos I saw the excellent ratings the Musk book received and gave it a shot.

It blew me away. It is like the Bezos book just better. Why better? It comes down to Musk being the more interesting character and the book covering more than one company.

Inspiring, eye opening, insightful, dense, great narrator and storyline, must read especially for young people wanting a feel for where the world is going.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/08/2018

It's nice

It is very interesting although I have the feeling sometimes the the author has kind of a praise the great elon mentality, but maybe I am wrong and we should praise him :D

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  • I. Topic
  • 16/06/2016

Faszination Musk

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von Elon Musk besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

Die Geschichte eines Mannes dem es nicht nur um Profit geht, (da er mehr als einmal kurz vor dem Ruin stand und dennoch weiter seien Ideen umsetzen wollte) sondern darum auf einzigartige Weise die Welt zu verbessern.

Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit Elon Musk vergleichen? Warum?

Ich höre mindestens 2 Hörbücher pro Monat und kaum eines hat mich mehr fasziniert. Wenn ich Musk's Lebensweise nutze um daraus Erfolgreich zu werden, dann könnte ich sein Buch nur mit Jack Canfield's Buch - The Success Principles vergleichen.
Die meisten Wissenschaftlichen Bücher/Hörbücher schaffen es Informationen sehr gut zu erzählen, doch werden diese ab der hälfte des Buches ständig Wiederholt. Dieses Hörbuch bleibt bis zur letzten Minute informativ und gibt Einblicke in die Denkweise, das Führungsverhalten, das Leben und Wissen eines der derzeit größten Denker unser Zeit.

Gab es im Hörbuch einen Moment, der Sie ganz besonders berührt hat?

Während des gesamten Hörbuchs werden die auf und abs von Zib2, X.com (paypal), SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity und seinem Leben aufgezeigt. Der ständige Wechsel und das aufzeigen von Musk's schwächen, mach ihn Menschlich und zu einem Vorbild.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Für alle die dieses Buch hören oder lesen wollen, würde ich empfehlen sich Vorträge von Elon Musk anzusehen und die Seiten teslamotors.com und spacex.com zu besuchen um einen Einblick zu bekommen was Musk und seine Unternehmen in Jahren seit der Veröffentlichung des Buches/Hörbuches bereits erreicht haben.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08/08/2018

Great read for those who want to learn from greatness

Elon Musk is a super interesting if not the most interesting entrepreneur of our days. Ashley’s book allows us to understand how Elon looks at the world, how he approaches problems and how he tackles one challenge after another. I can highly recommend to every entrepreneur or those in the making. Very inspiring source.

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  • Savoya
  • 11/01/2016

The kind of books which gives me the kick

A mixture of a lifetime story, a story of a personality, of a human, of a mind and his very own way to create, which is following the only path he knows and which is his true one. The story of his creations and the "no coincdences, nothing by chance" around it. No sugar on it, nothing nice-spoken. Very real and hence, very humane and close.
And in all that, aboslutelly breattaking exciting!

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  • Florian Thurner
  • 31/05/2015

Great!

It was well written, every topic was separated, and the cooperation with Musk was great!

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  • Dewald
  • 26/08/2020

Enjoy listening to it.

I really enjoyed listening to the book and amazed by Elon life and determination and hunger for business. Won't mind to have a braai with him. Braai is South African for Bbq. Great to see an Man from South Africa advance US and the world in Space and Electrical Cars. #elonmusk #tesla # spacex

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  • Marc A
  • 16/06/2020

Fascinating person and story

Elon Musk is certainly a great innovator with an exceptional mind. Thus I can highly recommend this book as it gives you an idea of what is to come in the not too distant future. Worth exploring!

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  • Anon
  • 13/03/2020

Really good

I liked this book very much. The speaker is engaging. The story is comprehensive and not boring nor overly complicated. It is also personable in both the characters and the way it is told. If you have an interest in Musk, or own a business, or if you are struggling somehow with your purpose and/or goals then I recommend this to you.

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  • Enrico Hessel
  • 05/12/2019

Inspiration at its peak

What a book.. huge story.. just an amazing story, well written, inspiring and entertaining! I love this book and will listen to it a second time.