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3.00258687258687 out of 53.00258687258687 out of 53.00258687258687 out of 53.00258687258687 out of 53.00258687258687 out of 5 3.00 (518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Allen Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By his early thirties, Paul Allen was a world-famous billionaire—and that was just the beginning. 

In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the hundred most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor—combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives—have literally changed the world. 

In 2009 Allen discovered that he had lymphoma, lending urgency to his desire to share his story for the first time. In this long-awaited memoir, Allen explains how he has solved problems, what he’s learned from his many endeavors—both the triumphs and the failures—and his compelling vision for the future. He reflects candidly on an extraordinary life. 

The book also features previously untold stories about everything from the true origins of Microsoft to Allen’s role in the dawn of private space travel (with SpaceShipOne) and in discoveries at the frontiers of brain science. With honesty, humor, and insight, Allen tells the story of a life of ideas made real.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ken Roberts | 1/27/2014

    " He really was behind a lot of the good ideas that started Microsoft and the computer world we know today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin Koperski | 1/27/2014

    " Great insights into the hard work, dedication, and focus required to successfully start a business. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joe | 1/24/2014

    " The book was interesting in the beginning because I was interested in the early microprocessors of the 1980's and was fascinated with the way Allen and Bill Gates built up Microsoft. After Allen left Microsoft and the book went into other areas of his life, something just not hitting me and making the book interesting. It seemed to be a disconnected series of short stories that shed little light on the details of what was going on. It seems that he has a great passion for many things but it didn't make much of an impression on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob Banks | 1/22/2014

    " Being the same age as Paul Allen it was fascinating to relive events through his eyes. The background of Micro soft was interesting. It is interesting to read about failures from a person who would be considered wildly successful by most measures. "

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