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Elinor Moore

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "What a thoroughly dislikable man!"
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    The above comment is unfair - it's more a tribute than a criticism of the actual book. Tribute because the book is so detailed and explicit, just giving the facts (not interpreting them) that one gets a very full impression of Steve Jobs the man. However, I do criticize the book for being TOO detailed, and leaving almost nothing out. We hear about every encounter, every private walk, every emotional scene, every thing said about every one else behind their backs, or directly to them. The story plods along, one day after another, and I lost track of the developments and in fact I totally lost interest halfway through the second volume (or Part). There's no one event that's given more importance than another - everything flows along on the same level, at the same speed. I got the idea - that Jobs was a childish, totally self-centered person and very likely had Asperger's syndrome or some other diagnosable inability to relate to other people in any way but manipulatively, mechanically - inhuman. And therefore the story of his "genius" or whatever it took to produce all those beautiful gadgets is a cold, bare tale devoid of any human interest.

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