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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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    Paul APTOS, CA, United States 01-24-12
    Paul APTOS, CA, United States 01-24-12 Listener Since 2005

    Executive Animal Trainer, Business Owner and CEO consultant, Healer and Coach.

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    "Extraordinary book of an extraordinary leader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very well read and written. Compelling story. Especially considering it is all true.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inner workings of Apple, Steve's mind and how events propelled him to create innovation beyond anyone's expectation. The sadness at the end of a life cut short.


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

    His tonality, his embodiment of Steve Jobs character and personality.


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

    Not really. But I would listen to it again, it was that good.


    Any additional comments?

    Jobs wasn't the nicest human being, nor the most compassionate. But his strong will and driving intention changed the computer industry, the animation industry and the music industry.

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    Peter Parkland, FL, United States 01-23-12
    Peter Parkland, FL, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Superb!"

    Author's first hand access to Steve Jobs and Apple Corp. provides an accurate portrayal of events with insights others would not have.

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    Graciela San Antonio, Texas, United States 01-23-12
    Graciela San Antonio, Texas, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I personally enjoy audio better


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story line


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

    I really did not care for his voice too much


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

    Toward the end when Stever Jobs is going thru his play list. It made him more human


    Any additional comments?

    No thanks you

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    Rocio Elizabethtown, NC, United States 01-23-12
    Rocio Elizabethtown, NC, United States 01-23-12
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    "Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The layout of the book.
    The narrator made it extra special.


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

    When he returned to Apple.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Everyone had something special.


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

    It made me think, and reevaluate my career.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.
    I highly recommend it.

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    Dave Smyrna, GA, United States 01-22-12
    Dave Smyrna, GA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a book lover who enjoys reading about history, as well as biographies, and research on NDEs. Just not novels.

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    "Wow. I knew this guy was a jerk, but, WOW."

    This conscience-free sociopath was such a complete a**hole that I just can't put this knowledge aside and credit him for what he actually DID do. And even then, who knows how many ideas he just outright stole and took credit for -- this book details several. Jobs' lack of any sense of right and wrong is jaw dropping. On top of all that, people love to give him a pass on all of his antisocial behavior because he created such great products. Really?

    His mantra is that he never compromised in creating the best product. But the list of unaddressed issues with Apple products that are maddening to consumers is as long as my arm. "Better than the rest" doesn't equal "the best products ever devised," as Jobs brags at every product intro.

    It's tough to give a pass for product shortcomings to a guy who is so unbelievably arrogant about how he beats the self esteem out of his employees, vendors, parents, significant others, reporters, and everyone else whom he can't simply manipulate to do his bidding.

    Congrats to Walter Isaacson for not pulling any punches in what could easily been a puff piece. The world deserves to see behind the curtain of a man who has staked history's view of him on micromanaging his own image. So it looks like one of his final stunts designed to cement the world's admiration for him may have backfired. Thankfully.

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    John San Dimas, CA, United States 01-21-12
    John San Dimas, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not an Apple Fan, but Steve Jobs is fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I grew up with an Apple IIe computer at home and computer labs with Apple and Macintosh systems at my elementary and junior high schools. When PC-compatible computers became more popular, I made the switch to PC's that I could build on my own and tinker with. Since then, I've always looked back on my experiences with Apple fondly, but continued to be a die-hard WinTel fan. When I began working, I found myself battling with various friends and co-workers on the OS wars. Apple users were fanatical.

    I was given an iPod shuffle a few years ago, and thought it was pretty clever and useful, which got me to start using iTunes. Then in 2011, I made my first-ever purchase of an Apple product...an iPhone. I have to say, I love my iPhone :-).

    So, what made this listening experience most enjoyable was knowing my perspective on the products that Steve Jobs was working as I was growing up, and the things that I was experiencing in my life during that time. It was a fond journey, and I found the alternative view most entralling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the


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

    I do not believe so. The performance was well read and was pleasant to listen to.


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

    I think part of it was already made...Pirates of Silicon Valley.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have struggled through reading the physical book; consuming this book via audible was a great experience.

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    David ROCKFORD, MN, United States 01-21-12
    David ROCKFORD, MN, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The history alone was worth the listen."
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    I learned a lot about Jobs and how he evolved as a person through out his life. I'm sorry to say, I don't agree with many of his life decisions and he didn't have interpersonal skills, but despite that he was an amazingly talented visionary. The history of Apple and Pixar was excellent and it shows how his vision for the consumer's experience drove his business decisions. If more companies would do this we would all benefit from better products and services. I will take that away and try to apply it to my life. The rest of his story is tragic and he hurt so many people along the way. That's unacceptable no matter how successful you are. The narration was very good and it made it easy to listen to. The time went by fast and I wish the quality of other audio books could rise to this level.

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    Richard COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 01-18-12
    Richard COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read!"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    His persistence and belief in what many would consider impossible.


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

    I hav not read many biographies and none comparible to his.


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

    Words written can be powerful. Words read well as a story are priceless and left me with an indellible impression.


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

    No. This covered a man's life and needed to be digested bit by bit. No way could one read this in one sitting unless you were doing a all nighter.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got an iPhone not only for the read yet now I know what went into it.

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    Tim Kennedy Seattle, WA USA 01-18-12
    Tim Kennedy Seattle, WA USA 01-18-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Complicated and Gifted Person"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    The first half of the book feels uncomfortable as you realize how difficult Steve Jobs could be to those around him. He was hard on people and selfish. But there is a moment in the second half when you realize how brilliant he truly was. It took a driven and complicated person to change computer devices and how we interact with them. He was being creatively selfish to the huge benefit to all of us.


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    Doug Reid Roseville, CA 01-18-12
    Doug Reid Roseville, CA 01-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "The Good the Bad and the Incredible!"

    I knew I would like this book but it took me awhile to get beyond the friction. Jobs is not exactly warm and fuzzy. Certainly the overall story of Apple, Jobs and Products is a tale that will be told for the next century. How one individual could so profoundly impact as many categories as he did is truly awe inspiring. But for every up tick of success there must be an opposing down tick and that lies in the area of human compassion, humility and warmth...not his style. But to the victor go the spoils and Jobs deserves our deference as we are the mere humans who have benefited from his brilliant, calculated obsessions. His most brilliant moves were to surround himself with the brilliance and wit of talented others...that he could drive...that tolerated him...that grounded him...as much as that was possible.

    This book is a must read or listen...an inspiring tale...a great marketing tool...I loved it...love Apple products, I adore Pixar movies...and I recognize the global shift because of this man's keen marketing mind. I suspect a lot of people did not like him and I am not sure I do either...Hey, don't touch my iPad dude...its mine.

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