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
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.
I love the audio version of all books
The truthfulness of it
It made me laugh, cry, and I was absorbed in it.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
His tactical and triumphant return to Apple.
The final scene where they discussed the on/off button. What a wonderful ending.
No, but I was surprised at what a hippie he was. I was also surprised at what a jerk he was.
A thorough examination of a genius. He changed the way we live and not always in good way.
How he suffered at the end- the poor guy never really understood Karma is both good and bad, in the same lifetime.
Dylan had a very intimate delivery where he was able to get out of the way and let the story lead.
Steve Jobs the person was a very sad character, haunted by his own existence AND his incredible gifts.
Highly recommend if for nothing else but the historical record.
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!
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.
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.
He told the story as if we were talking to one another, not as though he was reading a book.
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.
For content yes, for performance no. The narrator shows his naïveté and his ignorance of the subject matter by mispronouncing the jargon of the subject matter, saying OS "X" when any Mac enthusiast knows its pronounced OS Ten regardless of how it is spelled. It happens multiple times throughout the book across several technology terms including "iOS" which I cant even begin to explain how Dylan Baker butchers.
This in turn, pulls the listener out of the narrative and insults those who live/work/play/benefit from the technology sector. Its like hiring a layman to narrate a medical book and spelling out A-I-D-S versus pronouncing "AIDS."
Furthermore, it sounds like Dylan Baker is not enthusiastic about the subject matter and in his performance it shows. The narration is slow, the cadence off-putting and the delivery destroys what is otherwise an interesting book. Halfway through the audio book, I had to throw in the towel and buy the actual printed book to salvage the experience.
Listeners would have been better served if the average mac enthusiast or a celebrity mac enthusiast (maybe Richard Dreyfuss?) had read this instead.
Steve Jobs (obviously)
There's nothing left to tell unless you're covering other aspects of the man, mythos, or the company.
Please have your narrators be versed in the jargon of whatever technology / subject of the book they are narrating. Incorrect or otherwise uninformed pronounciations of key words breaks the spell of the narrative.
All I can say is if you have not listened to or read this book yet, then you are missing out. Fantastic in all aspects. Walter Isaacson did a fantastic job putting this together not letting anything fall by the wayside. Dylan Baker is fantastic narrating.
This story, well written, well researched and creatively organized (not sequential) stays with me long after having listened. Clearly not meant to be a flattering send up of an icon since it exposes many human flaws, the book is nevertheless touching and exceptionally memorable. Jobs was a remarkable man without a doubt.
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