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Steve Jobs | [Walter Isaacson]

Steve Jobs

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Much has been written about Apple’s late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, but Walter Isaacson’s definitive bio is the only one authorized by Jobs himself. Based on interviews with Jobs and the people closest to him – including his wife and kids – this is an honest, revealing look at one of the greatest innovators of our time (and revolutionaries in the way we listen to books). — Diana M.

Publisher's Summary

Featuring a new epilogue read by the author.

From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs.

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.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-06-11
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Absolutely INCREDIBLE Biography!"

    Authors PAY ATTENTION...This is what a biography SHOULD be. Well researched, perfectly constructed, and structurally sound, this biography will leave you fulfilled. Whether you were a casual fan of Jobs, or a die hard Apple nut, this book is a must read! Highly recommend unabridged.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Batesville, AR, United States 10-31-11
    Sara Batesville, AR, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Jobs! Great job!"

    I am amazed at how good this biography actually is! Steve Jobs was a brilliant man with a sometimes appalling personality. I now understand why he was fired from Apple-- I would have voted to let him go as well-why his car had no license plate, why the mac computer is so great and why only he could have created iPad and iPhone.Well done Walter Isaacson! And the reader is perfect too.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-11-11
    Pavel Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "All I wanted from this book"

    The performance is decent but not great in my opinion. The book is very honest. Covers all aspects of Steve Jobs life and career.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 11-08-11
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "the edison of our day in every way"

    jobs chose isaacson as his biographer
    it's easy to see why jobs liked him so much
    isaacson saw through the anger and power and hype

    the least interesting person in this book may be steve jobs
    he was relentlessly bratty / indulged / immature / shrill / mean
    it's only his family and co-workers that made the story real

    jobs' apple products were more fascinating he was
    to be his customer was a better deal than to be his friend
    by the end of the book you have some sympathy for bill gates

    the recent edison biography told essentially the same story
    the man was only understood by a hard look at this products
    everything else religion/family/friends was just a footnote to that

    jobs' life " stood at the corner of technology and liberal arts "
    as the manager of that intersection you take your hat off to him
    as a human being you might be tempted to put your hat back on



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Colona, IL, United States 11-01-11
    Robert Colona, IL, United States 11-01-11 Listener Since 2010

    Shogun

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    "Fantastic book about a troubled genius"

    This well-written portrayal of the genius founder of Apple Steve Jobs is hard to put down once you get started. Thankfully, the author was allowed by Jobs to get the true story behind his interesting life by interviewing his former employees, friends and family. The best part is following his long list of amazing accomplishments while learning the inside secrets of his troubled personal life. Amazing book!!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ulka X Crofton, MD United States 10-30-11
    Ulka X Crofton, MD United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Thoroughly Fascinating"

    The book is full of details and drama as well as trying to depict Jobs' true character. Many people know the names of big CEO's business-wise but Steve Jobs life perpetuated legendary tales and myths. Many people don't understand Apple culture and the drive behind it; a reality created by Steve Jobs. This book will go far into bringing you that understanding and for those who follow all of Apple lore it'll add more dimension to what you know and correct wrong assumptions.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie L Walker 10-29-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Solid 5 Star...Listen, you won't be disappointed."

    I just finished "Steve Jobs" and will probably go back and listen again on my iPod. I did not have a problem with the narration as some seemed to have. He wasn't trying to impersonate Steve Jobs or anyone else. He was narrating a book.
    I feel Isaacson did a great job of capturing the essence of a man who was like a wisp of smoke, sometimes dark and heavy sometimes light and airy. I will never again pick up an Apple product without thinking of the man behind the company.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Well written, amazing story and new insights."

    I stayed up late to wait for this to be released on Audible. It was worth it. I listened non-stop to the book on my iPhone. There was a lot of new stories in it I hadn't heard before. The books flows really well, Walter Isaacson's writing is great. If you are interested in hearing about Steve Job''s life, then this book is a perfect experience. A lot of funny moments, and a lot of "huh, seriously?" moments too.

    50 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    augustine 10-30-11
    augustine 10-30-11
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    "At the Crossroads"

    Bits and pieces of this book have been leaked out and I really thought long and hard about using a credit to buy it. I am happy that I did. If you are a teacher, a geek, an Apple lover, an ex hippy, a Dylan fan, or just a person who appreciates quality, then this is a must read.

    As everything else that Steve Jobs did, he picked the best biographer that he could have gotten. Walter Isaacson has done the biographies of Kissinger, Einstein, Ben Franklin and he is professional in every sense of the word. This is not a PR hack job. This is the real thing, on par with the biography of Winston Churchill by David Manchester.

    The reading could be better, but is by no means poor. As the audio versions of the Churchill biographies have shown, a good Audible biography should incorporate the voices of the characters. The reader makes no attempt to sound like Jobs. It probably doesn't matter to most listeners, since the story takes on a forceful momentum as the history of Steve Jobs and Apple computer unfolds.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Pensacola, FL, United States 10-29-11
    Jami Pensacola, FL, United States 10-29-11
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    "Great "read""

    I have used Macs for since 1988 in my profession as a graphic artist, but I have never really be a freak who had to tune into every speech Jobs ever made. I did want to learn more about the man who through his creativity and innovation, made it possible for me to have a great career. The book is a fine biography. It's very balanced, and exposes the good, bad and ugly of Mr. Jobs. Yeah sure, there is a mispronounced word here and there, but I have found this in all audio books. I heard this book over the course of 4 days, at work, working on my new Mac, listening on my iPhone 4. I could not stop playing it. GREAT READ.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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