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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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    shamil ACMAR, AL, United States 05-27-12
    shamil ACMAR, AL, United States 05-27-12
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    "Great Biography!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes, extremely interesting life of an extraordinary individual.


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

    A lot to provide one would be unfair.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Equality


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


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    Michael G. Boyd San Diego, CA 05-26-12
    Michael G. Boyd San Diego, CA 05-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Michael Boyd

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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    Enjoyed the book. It was an honest biography of a brilliant but sometimes flawed man. Refreshing and encouraging.


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    Martin SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 05-24-12
    Martin SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 05-24-12
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    "Excellent book"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Choleric, creative genius


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    First I didn't like his voice and notation but as the story evolved I realized he was the perfect fit for this story.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first bio I read from Walter Isaacson and I really enjoyed it. I like his style of storytelling and I am looking forward getting Einstein’s bio next. As for the book content, I saw the Pirates of Silicon Valley movie so lot of the stuff in the book seemed familiar but I liked hearing the additional details. Somehow the book helped me better understand the complex person Steve was.

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    Beau New Orleans, LA, United States 05-24-12
    Beau New Orleans, LA, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2015

    Husband. Dad. 3D Nerd. Tech Junkie. Saints fan. Part of the Squid clan.

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    "Best Book EVER!!! Okay, Maybe I'm Exaggerating."

    Steve Jobs was definitely a man of superlatives. Having listened to Isaacson's in-depth narrative of the man and his career, I definitely feel like I have a better sense of who he was and what drove him. I found it amusing that with each step along the path, Jobs found things either "the best ever" or "a piece of s--t" - there didn't seem to be any middle ground with him. While I'm not sure I would have (or could have) handled working for someone that radically ruthless and unpredictable, I certainly found deep respect for what he's built and wanted to leave behind as his legacy.

    Of a more technical note - I found Dylan Baker to be a fantastic narrator and Isaacson's style of telling coherent "episodes" in Jobs life instead of doing a purely linear biography didn't break the rhythm or coherence of the work. As a result, I would say that this book is definitely worth your ears' attention. Well done.

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    Andrew BURKE, VA, United States 05-24-12
    Andrew BURKE, VA, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I would listen to parts of it again. The rise, fall, and resurrection of Jobs was great and this book showed the good, bad and ugly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the behind the scenes details about Jobs, his quirks, and his management style.


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    E. Oesterreich 05-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - fascinating man, well written story and very good reader.


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

    The repeated fact over his lifetime that he was so driven to change the landscape of technology and the way people use it.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    This was my first audio book so I have little to compare him to, but I think he did a very good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Best takeaway was when a bigwig told Jobs "I am a recovering assaholic, so I know where you're coming from". I'm going to use that line...


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book had more about Job's personal life - his personal relationships like with his parents and friends. The book had some, but most was about his professional life.

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    Shahrad Milanfar 05-23-12
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    "Loved this book!"

    Mr. Isaacson does a wonderful job telling a story which is compelling and captivating about a brilliant, yet flawed man. I enjoyed it so much I listened to the books he wrote about Einstein & Ben Franklin. While those were good as well, this books does top them both.

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-12 Member Since 2011

    mortgagebroker

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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    I liked learning about Steve as a person. The genius, the good, the ugly parts of his personality. It also made be love apple products. You can tell he loved His product. It was more than a job to him, it was his baby.


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

    I wish there were more books like it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved how coy he was when going back to Apple.


    Any additional comments?

    Very long. There were some technical parts. I enjoyed listening to it much more then I would have enjoyed reading it.

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    NewMomVAKJW 05-21-12
    NewMomVAKJW 05-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insight into a complex individual"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Steve Jobs has had such an impact on electronic interaction, love him or hate him. This is a must read for anyone.


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    K. T. Archer Montgomery, AL, United States 05-20-12
    K. T. Archer Montgomery, AL, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2008

    I am the catalyst for which Lizzy Wallace uses to get her stories out there. Author of "The Silver Spoon" and "Kismet".

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is extremely lengthy and if you are driving from New York to San Fransico then maybe.


    What could Walter Isaacson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm sure the techies in the world enjoyed listening to every bit of hardware and software jargon, the making of it and getting it to run but for those of us less inclined it got a little dry.


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

    He did a fine job getting us through it.


    Do you think Steve Jobs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. From what I learned of Jobs through this story I believe Jobs should've reconsidered asking this to be done in the first place. Too ecentric, could be called a thief at times and not a nice man at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Jobs did make a lot of money stating all along the way, "it's not about the money" but nonetheless, he made it. Hopefully, he did more charity work than was mentioned because actually, none was mentioned.

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