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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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    LInda Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-06-12
    LInda Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating Read"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Best Bio in a while. Dynamic Story explaining an out of the box thinking person. Distant from family passionate about design and consumer products.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    His squabbles with people.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dylan definitely in intrigued by Jobs.


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    David Wyble TUKWILA, WA, United States 06-30-12
    David Wyble TUKWILA, WA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Even if you're not a fanboy..... read"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes.

    This book crosses paths with Steve Wozniak's book several times and validates alot of what was in his book as well. The story of Steve Jobs life was very interesting and would be one that I would listen to again knowing I would learn something new.


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    I am not sure.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh several times and respect him more for what he did for the world. I admit I did get choked up near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not someone who has been a fan of Steve Jobs and many of the people I know could tell you this. I've not supported Apple other then using quicktime when I 'have' to. This is because of the stories I had heard, the articles published about his treatment of people, and his beliefs on need, not want.

    But I did respect the man for his accomplishments and business savvy. And after having read Steve Wozniak's book, I was very interested in reading Mr. Jobs book.

    I highly recommend this book to all, even if you did not like him as a person.

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    Mary Portland, OR, United States 06-27-12
    Mary Portland, OR, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Biography"

    This gave me insight into the Apple and how various products were developed. I found Jobs a fascinating but very flawed person. Isaacson was very honest. Jobs was a jerk on a lot of levels!!

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    John HESPERIA, CA, United States 06-25-12
    John HESPERIA, CA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Well-Worth My Monthly Credit"

    I didn't know Jobs' voice before hearing this audio, so I didn't experience anything negative about the reader that some have complained about. So, unless you knew Jobs and feel you'd be offended at someone pretending to be him, you'll be just fine. The narrator did very well, in my opinion, with timing and emotion.

    Kudos to Mr Isaacson. I know I won't hesitate on purchasing another bio from him if the subject is of interest.

    It gets fun toward the middle through the end. If I listen again, I'll be skipping the first few chapters, but only because Mr Jobs' drug habits and earlier living arrangements don't interest me at all.

    My advice: Interested in the world of computers, Apple, Microsoft, Pixar? Get it. I know I appreciate the design behind my iPod quite a bit more now. I actually sat through Monster Inc with the kids this week, and I'm not much of a movie-person. More than that, I now see Steve Jobs as a huge figure in our world's recent history.

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    Jeff Spokane, WA, United States 06-23-12
    Jeff Spokane, WA, United States 06-23-12
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    "Very nicely done"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio version of all books


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truthfulness of it


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, cry, and I was absorbed in it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to everyone.

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    Robert 06-20-12
    Robert 06-20-12
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    "A spectacular story of the life of Steve Jobs"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    His tactical and triumphant return to Apple.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene where they discussed the on/off button. What a wonderful ending.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I was surprised at what a hippie he was. I was also surprised at what a jerk he was.


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    Tebbe Asheville, NC, United States 06-19-12
    Tebbe Asheville, NC, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Thank God I never worked for Steve!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    A thorough examination of a genius. He changed the way we live and not always in good way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    How he suffered at the end- the poor guy never really understood Karma is both good and bad, in the same lifetime.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dylan had a very intimate delivery where he was able to get out of the way and let the story lead.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Steve Jobs the person was a very sad character, haunted by his own existence AND his incredible gifts.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend if for nothing else but the historical record.

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    Joe Austin Austin TX 06-18-12
    Joe Austin Austin TX 06-18-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Well... there goes half my day!"

    I downloaded this book at about 3PM, and thought I'd listen for an hour or so. Here it is now, about 7PM, and I can't seem to stop. Yes, I did stop to write the review, but I'll be right back listening just after I'm done here. Jobs is as close to an Edison as we will know in our lifetimes. Not a Tesla, nor a Pharnsworth. That job was originally held by Wozniak. And if you don't know the aforementioned inventors, you should.

    If you have any interest at all in this tale, I dare say it's worth your time. Even if it falls off a cliff from here (doubful) I'd consider it well worth the money. Reader and story work well together. And I can't wait to hear what happens next. Gotta go!

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    David Princeton junction, NJ, United States 06-18-12
    David Princeton junction, NJ, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Historical Biography in Real Time"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    It provided unparalleled insights into the successes and failures of Apple Computer, its founders, and its products, all of which changed the fields of technology, music, movies, and publishing. The book, from my perspective, is not attempt to project Steve Jobs as the greatest business manager in history but to tell his personal story...some of which went well, other parts were a miserable mess.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was most intrigued by the way that individual personalities shaped company strategies and character, which then had an impact on their place in the market place. There wasn't just one winning strategy as the opposing pathes of Microsoft and Apple illustrate. Apple, however, wasn't really a huge success until it stumbled upon the value of music being available across its various fully integrated platforms. The personal insights into the life of Steve Jobs and his relationship with Bill Gates gave these business empires a more textured perspective.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He told the story as if we were talking to one another, not as though he was reading a book.


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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 06-18-12
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 06-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story of the industry and of Steve Jobs"

    Besides learning the details of the life of this fascinating man, there are so many great stories of the industry he helped to create. Yes, the book is long and a few parts may drag a bit but overall I found the stories to be fascinating and well told. The stories of his adoptive parents and then his eventually meeting his biological mother were so emotional. And then the tech stories such as the process of developing the first iPOD and struggling because the technology wasn't able to do these things at that time. And Jobs did not censure the book - it has the good and the bad.

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