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A riveting YA biography that shows how a once-bullied school boy became an iconic visionary who the New York Times described as "arguably the most important and successful entrepreneur in the world".

Elon Musk is the visionary behind SpaceX and CEO of the electric car company Tesla. He is working on unique and daring improvements to both public transit and solar energy. And then, there's his highly-publicized plans for colonizing Mars....  

But behind the mind-blowing headlines and legendary drive is the story of a bullied and beaten school boy, who through creativity and determination decided to rewrite his story and find his own way to make the world a better place. And to do so with a sense of fun and style.   

From hosting raves to pay for college to re-writing the rules on space travel, Elon Musk has always gone his own way. And now, award-winning investigative journalist, Anna Crowley Redding takes listeners on a well-researched trip through Elon's life and accomplishments.     

©2019 Anna Crowley Redding (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Definitely a YA book. Provides some inspiration for young people, but more of a Fluff Piece.

Like a few other reviews I read, my opinion softened a little bit when I realized this book was written as a YA biography. It is pretty “hip” with some of it’s styles. It’s difficult to listen too because of the many pauses for shoutouts and bullet points I’m sure look good in print. The narration style was overly dramatic and would undoubtedly fit in well at a sorority formal. The book felt like an extended Fluff piece from a magazine. If you’re older than 16, you will be much better off getting “Elon Musk” by Ashlee Vance. The content is about the same, and it is written for a more educated and mature audience.

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Ok for kids, but lacks depth

This book covers a headline-level depth of the Elon musk story. Both narrators have a generic and detached way of reading the text. I finished the book, but there are better options out there if you want to get to know the fascinating evolution of this story.

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  • #earlyeditor🤓📚
  • 07-01-22

Great overview.

Really enjoyed the format of this audiobook, the way it introduces and explains all the characters surrounding Elon.
Certainly some inspiring and interesting ideas.

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  • 02-13-22

can't listen to the readers :(

I just can't listen to it. way they read is terrible. I think h
more about emotions of a reader than about the book

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  • Sophia Y.
  • 09-21-21

what a guy!

inspirational what can be achieved in one life.the book itself may be a bit gushing for some people but it's written to celebrate the achievement of a man who is taking on modern world problems and driving ahead of all other people/companies/ideas. it's hard to not be slightly impressed by his life

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  • Peter Theill
  • 12-16-20

a quick overview without too much details

I've read other books being a bit more detailed but this one is a quick read with a good overview of his life up until now.

I don't like the narrator reading the "road trip alert" kind of info boxes. it's really annoying but you can live with it :)

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  • Budgiewings
  • 06-10-20

Great short read

Great short read about Elon’s life to 2020. Would recommend for a quick and easy read.

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  • @bookswelove_livrosqueamamos
  • 11-25-19

Terrible footnotes!

The narrative of the book is good but the footnotes are complete unnecessary in 90% of the times.
Explain what is adenoids or apartheid was too much.
You guys just kill the whole peace of the narrative.
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  • Alison Crawley
  • 07-20-19

Interesting story of a world influencer

Didn’t like the female narrator or the way the book was read but found the content very interesting & fascinating to read about a man who is having such an influence around the world in various fields. An enigmatic man who fascinates many people in different ways.