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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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    Greg San Jose, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Greg San Jose, CA, United States 01-16-12
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    "Good until the last few hours"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting story and interesting to hear the different opinions of those who worked with Jobs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jobs' early life stories.


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

    Walter Issacson


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

    No


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    Erik BRODHEAD, WI, United States 01-16-12
    Erik BRODHEAD, WI, United States 01-16-12

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    "Great, informative read."

    Enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Steve Jobs and Apple. Not sure I would have liked to work for him but he sure was a very interesting, innovative individual. The world sure would be different without him.

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    Robert PASADENA, MD, United States 01-16-12
    Robert PASADENA, MD, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth the read (listen)"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Dylan Baker was fabulous. He consistently captured the flavor of Isaacson's words and his meaning with his inflection and reading style.


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

    YES!!


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    Christine Morris Plains, NJ, United States 01-16-12
    Christine Morris Plains, NJ, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Must Read!!!"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    This really gives an intimate look into Jobs and Apple. Author comes off really authentic! Really enjoyed it!


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    Larry Dallas, GA, United States 01-15-12
    Larry Dallas, GA, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting ,somewhat repetitive"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. If they owned an Apple product , or were thinking of purchasing one.


    If you’ve listened to books by Walter Isaacson before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Given that it is an unabridged reading, I'm not certain the narrator could have any more than he did.


    Did Steve Jobs inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Watch more carefully how I voice my opinions, and keep in mind other people have feelings also.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is , I think, overly long. I have never owned , or , really, cared to own , an Apple product. I don't quite understand the hoopla surrounding Jobs, or Apples products. Still don't. I thought listening to this book, might inspire me to purchase an Apple product. If anything, it ensures I won't.
    I'm the type that likes to work on things, learn how they are put together, and why. I like customizing things, adding to , and updating them. Or, if they are not suitable for me, getting rid of them.
    The high cost of Apple products, and the contempt Jobs had for his customers, argues against purchasing them.
    While I like Jobs passion for making his products intuitive, i.e. easy to use , I don't like much else.
    The method Jobs used to motivate people, while it worked for him, sucks,to use his own words.
    As for him saving the music business, I find that unbelievable.
    Oh,one more thing. I own Kodak cameras. They take movies,in the MOV format. Try burning them onto a disc, and getting a DVD player to play them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Vancouver,BC, Canada 01-15-12
    Warren Vancouver,BC, Canada 01-15-12
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    "ADDICTIVE"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the very best I've had. i purchased the full version, 25 hours. I can't put it down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We're about to enter a brand new era. I'm so excited I can hardly sleep. Having a 25 hour history lesson on the most successful corporation on our planet is probably the smartest thing I could possibly do.i'm a couple years older than Steve Jobs was but I still remember a lot of the stories.Jobs is a hero to me as are Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell.I was involved in the software industry since the 1970's. Knowing paradigms are being broken and new discoveries are in front of me is absolutely thrilling.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    his voice and inflection is great.


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

    The Visionary Antagonist or Visionary Messiah.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE send me to Wozniak. I'm disabled and want somebody provide assistance inventing wireless products to monitor my wheelchair battery, charging status, etc. There are so many things to be invented for disabled and I need help getting this stuff going.i wear a Bionic leg implant and the manufacturer has used $56 Million of investor funds without a single production item. The technology to bring that device to the marketplace is here... I WEAR IT. and during the clinical trial I left my wheelchair and walked 10m in 15 seconds.

    Will some one please refer me?

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    Ben Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-13-12
    Ben Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book. Shoddy narration."

    This is a great book. Isaacson researched well, writes well, and explains everything. It was hard to stop listening and I was disappointed when it ended.

    The narration isn't very good. No attention is paid to tone and the quantity and quality of mispronunciations is embarrassing. At this level, it's more the fault of the producer and editor, but it still makes for a distracting experience.

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    Amazon Customer 01-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Awesome story!!!"

    I really enjoyed this book! I did not read it all at once due to the length of it. Although Steve Jobs had his quirks, he was brilliant!
    He did change the world in his own way in his short lifetime!

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    French Toast Queen Santa Rosa, CA 01-13-12
    French Toast Queen Santa Rosa, CA 01-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst. Reader. Ever."
    Would you try another book from Walter Isaacson and/or Dylan Baker?

    Not by this reader.


    Any additional comments?

    This reader sounds like he's reading The Ugly Duckling to a circle of four-year-olds. If you like being treated like a child at story time this is for you. I'm 45 minutes into the book and I can't stand any more of it. If Audible will find another narrator (Please!) I will be happy to try it again.

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    Chris AMBLER, PA, United States 01-12-12
    Chris AMBLER, PA, United States 01-12-12
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    "Steve Jobs, the visionary."
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book presents a down-to-earth view of Steve Jobs. We learn about his mercurial nature, his lack of compassion for others, and his seemingly impossible demands. On the plus side, he loved his family and friends, and tried to bring out the best in himself and others. At times, he seems to be an arrogant egomaniac. At other times, he seems emotional and sensitive. He was a complicated person, as many of us are. I was relieved to see that he was not presented as a god, but as a normal human being. He was truly a visionary.


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

    none


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

    No


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

    Yes, when he booked the hotel for his and Laurene's 20th anniversary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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