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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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    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 10-28-11
    alexis Richmond, CA, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Bio From Isaacson!"

    Steve Jobs is such a complex individual that it's amazing what a good job Isaacson was able to do. I found that the book, though long, is so compelling and intricately woven that it kept me turning the pages most of the night for three nights in a row! At first, I was a bit put off by the reader, but as the book moved on, I was glad for his performance. Steve Jobs is not just a book about a world class "asshole" or creative genius. Nor is it simply about tech developments and the growth of Silicone Valley or the insanely great products Jobs and Apple created. It is also an accurate reflection of my own life writ large. All of Steve's strivings for excellence, his almost naive romanticism and his spiritual questing I shared coming of age here in Northern California. My husband shared them, too. This may be one reason I found the book so exceptional. I am eager now to read Isaacson's other bios. I find him almost as amazing as his fascinating subject!

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-06-11
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

    9 of 10 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 2009
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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.

    8 of 9 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 2011
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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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    james JACKSON, NJ, United States 11-01-11
    james JACKSON, NJ, United States 11-01-11

    Say something about yourself!I Retired from US Army after being severely injured. Silver lining is so much time to read/listen to books!

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    "GETTING TO KNOW STEVE JOBS"

    As a big consumer of Apple products owning the most current versions of all their products from MacBooks, to iPad 2, to iPhone 4S I wanted to get to know this man who was so secretive in life. I found this to be a story of hard driven, ruthless ambition, Steve told the author not to pull any punches and he didn't. Enjoyed this as it was not a tribute to Jobs, conversely showing him to be a very difficult man to work with and work under. I am not usually a fan of nonhistorical biographies but this one was a winner!

    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

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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 Klamath Falls, OR, United States 10-29-11
    Marie Klamath Falls, OR, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2007

    I love history,I am into genealogy, my iPod is my constant companion. Favorite authors...D. Gabaldon, N. DeMille, K. Follett, E. Rutherfurd

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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.

    48 of 60 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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