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  • Billion Dollar Loser

  • The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork
  • Written by: Reeves Wiedeman
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Billion Dollar Loser

Written by: Reeves Wiedeman
Narrated by: Will Collyer
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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller: This "vivid" inside story of WeWork and its CEO tells the remarkable saga of one of the most audacious, and improbable, rises and falls in American business history (Ken Auletta).

​Christened a potential savior of Silicon Valley's startup culture, Adam Neumann was set to take WeWork, his office share company disrupting the commercial real estate market, public, cash out on the company's forty-seven billion dollar valuation, and break the string of major startups unable to deliver to shareholders. But as employees knew, and investors soon found out, WeWork's capital was built on promises that the company was more than a real estate purveyor, that in fact it was a transformational technology company.

Veteran journalist Reeves Weideman dives deep into WeWork and its CEO's astronomical rise, from the marijuana and tequila-filled board rooms to cult-like company summer camps and consciousness-raising with Anthony Kiedis. Billion Dollar Loser is a character-driven business narrative that captures, through the fascinating psyche of a billionaire founder and his wife and co-founder, the slippery state of global capitalism. 

©2020 Reeves Wiedeman (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

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“Vivid, carefully reported drama that readers will gulp down as if it were a fast-paced novel.” (Ken Auletta)

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Worth a read but with healthy skepticism

This was an odd one.
Right off the bat, the author, surprisingly, reveals himself to be an unreliable narrator, stretching things to try to tarnish the WeWork founders. I chuckled out loud as the journalist mocked Adam's first business as "only" managing to make $3 million dollars, watched with amusement as he tried to make the case that Adam's connections with Trump was bad in some way (what millionaire doesn't like Trump?) and then was surprised when WeWork collapsed and the author didn't go for the kill.

This book is a good retelling of the history of WeWork and its downfall but laced into every line is the bitterness of every ex-employee, competitor and failed investor along with many rumors and gossip. If you read it, read it with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Well written

Loved the storytelling! I highly recommend this book even if you watched Wecrash on Apple TV

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Wow!!! That is interesting!!!

One of my favourite books. Very well written without bias. Incredible detail without boring sections. I want to listen to it again.

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Great book; worst character

Great book but boy is Adam sooooo unlikable... to the point I had to stop listening sometimes!

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  • ceire Gleeson
  • 2020-10-27

Engrossing and we’ll researches but narration is annoying

I liked the book- it’s a well researched bio, though it’s clearly one-sided and not exactly a fair exploration of Neumann’s redeeming qualities (I have to assume there are a few).

The narration is odd. The narrator chooses this strange mocking tone when he reads quotes. Especially when quoting Neumann, he uses this frat boy/California surfer voice which is negative and mocking and makes everything sound pompous or stupid, or both. It gets very annoying.

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  • Benjamin Stein
  • 2021-01-05

decent journalism, distracting narrator

the narrator's surfer dude accent for Adam the entire book is so grating. Im quite forgiving of most narration but this was incessant and detracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-20

A little too negative

I get things didn’t go great for WeWork but when a book is entirely negatively skewed, you have to view it with pessimism. Would be great to at least see some positive elements about WeWork’s rise.

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  • Dr. MP
  • 2021-01-08

Mostly collection of notes

Narration filled with uptalk once you get mid-book. But you have to sympathize with narrator, because content lacked cohesion in mid after strong beginning. Maybe would have worked if author had found a storyline to connect disparate facts and reports.

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  • Richard W.
  • 2020-11-17

Just ok

Nothing special about the story. well written/ told.... filled with details which are important to the story.... but quite forgettable/ boring. No fraud here.... but a look under the hood at a "unicorn" company, how a charismatic leader can blind observers....how the unicorns get valued by investors/ wall street.

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  • Ron Thomas
  • 2020-11-01

Master Conman

I followed this story through the news and it always amazed me that their guy was not spotted as a con artist. Same as the woman from Theranos, all these skilled people that would throw out all logic and keep investing in these people. Absolutely mind boggling

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  • Esther B.
  • 2020-11-03

The danger of unchecked charismatic leaders

Great story, outstanding performance by Will Collyer. Captivating presentation about Adam Neumann and the development of WeWorks. It was one of those, "can't put it down" stories. However, I found the collapse and discussion of the aftermath rushed and incomplete. I would have loved another hour or so of what the real inside story of Adam's departure and the law suits that are pending. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this story.

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  • SportyM16
  • 2020-10-23

Fast excellent read

I had trouble stopping .. great story and so well told. I’ll read this one twice.

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  • Kiah Sterling
  • 2021-01-09

Gripping storyline

Excellent narration and interesting story. Quite similar to Bad Blood or American Kingpin in its ability to tell an accurate account while ensuring the story is gripping and entertaining.

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  • snel1
  • 2020-12-31

Very Good

Great and interesting listen. As someone who knew the story well already, I still found it interesting with many details I wasn’t familiar with. Good for a light and quick listen.

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