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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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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    Van Tanner 01-03-13
    Van Tanner 01-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Truth stranger than fiction, thank you Walter."

    There are few 'real' bigger than life people. Yes, there are a lot of people that do great things and rise to the occasion as needed. However, there are some who are made of different stuff than you or I. It is the study of these giants that motivate us and drive humanity to greater heights.

    Steve Jobs was one of those bigger than life guys who never really got his larger-than-life status until his exploits rubbed our nose it it. Thank you Walter Isaacson for your ability to do this in such a way we could see the man behind the myth. Dylan as narrator gives a brilliant reading of a difficult story. I almost did not get this book for fear that it would or could not be narrated without it coming off sounding like a boring biography. Hats off Dylan.

    I knew Steve in a minor way through my role as a speaker in the early 80's. I was involved as an industry leader in the emerging Desktop Publishing industry. So back then Steve's strangeness was put off to just being one of those California geek nut cases. If it were not for this book we may still hold to those mistaken notions of this world financial leader. This book show me the depth of the man.

    Until Walters book came along I had no idea what made this guy tick, which is exactly what you get with Walter Isaacson. He peals the layers of the man like an onion and sure enough, Walter keeps us seeing the juicer parts of what made the man tick.

    Vegan to the point of ignoring the Doctors advice and prediction of death. Refusing to wear shoes even to meetings that could mean 100's of 1000's of dollars. But he marched to a different game and Walter takes us through this with out judgement or condemnation. He lets us see the Beauty and the Beast.

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    John S. Anderson San Francisco, CA 01-02-13
    John S. Anderson San Francisco, CA 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Written"
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    This is a well written, well performed book about an interesting character in American life and development. Isaacson is a great story teller and this makes the book enjoyable while you learn the thoughts and techniques of a troubled genius. I will listen to this again next year.

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    Tracy 01-02-13
    Tracy 01-02-13
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    "Fascinating"

    My first book from audible. I looked forward to my commute everyday. I now have a better understanding of how and why Apple works.

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    Joel Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States 12-28-12
    Joel Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a real inside look at Steve Jobs mind. You will finish with a better understanding
    Of what is behind the Apple brand.


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

    Carrot juice


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Well read


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    Rick Hatton Danville, CA USA 12-27-12
    Rick Hatton Danville, CA USA 12-27-12 Member Since 2015

    Mustang Soccer Coach

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    "Great Book. Well researched. Weak reader."
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Perfectionist. Visionary. Weird.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs. Learn from his good qualities, and run from his management style.
    Steve was a leader, but not a manager. It worked though. I worry for Apple in ten years.


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

    The reader was clueless in Silicon Valley vocabulary and it was painful to hear him say words like "microprocessor", "Palo Alto", and "El Camino Real". The guy pronounced them like he was a second grade student learning to read. It would be much better to have it read by someone that is knows how to say the words naturally. Amazed that the production crew did not have him pronounce the words ...normally.


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

    Both laugh and some sadness. Loved the peek into history.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new reader and re-release the recording. I'd buy the new version.
    Steve Jobs would have been VERY upset by the reader.

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    M.H.C. 12-26-12
    M.H.C. 12-26-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Very long but very informative."
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. It was a great read and I enjoyed the subject material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of his life and character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved it all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Steve Jobs in all his Glory.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed ORLANDO, FLORIDA, United States 12-26-12
    Ed ORLANDO, FLORIDA, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well narrated. Excellent book."
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Absolutely. It is definitely an amazing story of ingenuity and determination that brings several lessons to be learn for anyone who is passionate about their work.


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

    No


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    Tracy United States 12-24-12
    Tracy United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Riveting"

    I put off reading this at first but, buying my first iPhone, then iPad, I became more and more curious about the innovation and pure simplicity behind the products. Steve was truly a visionary and a monumental jerk all at the same time. I find it fascinating that the folks with which he was the most brutal are the ones that look back and credit him with pushing them to achieve higher than they ever imagined. Mr. Isaacson did a seamless job of weaving the story together and telling it from all sides. Dylan Baker did a fine job narrating as well.

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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-21-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "THE ROAD FROM CONFLICT TO PERFECTION, A LIFE VIEW"

    I love this book, it is well written and narrated. It i interesting, i liked reading about jobs's relationship with Bill Gates, Disney, etc. Very intertaining and i'm assuming true to history. I hate this book because I know if I treated people like Steve Job did I would be dead.

    He lived a charmed life, always landed on his feet and even while dying he produced some of his best work. It's all here. a very good read.

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    Rohit Calabasas, CA, United States 12-19-12
    Rohit Calabasas, CA, United States 12-19-12
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    "#CoolStoryBro"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Steve Jobs was an amazing visionary. This book gives a great level of insight into his inner-workings. I was able to draw parallels in my own life to understand others more deeply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wozniak. Such a nice guy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jobs' return to Apple and forcing all but two of the board of directors to resign.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's not smart. It's genius.


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