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
Creative, brilliant jerk.
Steve - absolutely fascinating. Repulsive, compelling and genius.
Excellent narration - you feel as you are truly witness to the incidents.
yes if it wasn't so long.
Over 300 audio books, this would be in my top 3.
To be clear, the author and narrator did a fine job.So many 4 and 5 star reviews but I couldn't get into this book. I don't disagree that Steve Jobs had a huge impact on the world as we know it today but as far as I am concerned the man shouldn't be idolized or worshipped. I hate to think that kids today look to him as a role model, because he was far from it.
Steve Jobs is a very interesting guy who led a very interesting life, which makes for a compelling bio. I think Isaacson got a lot of great material. There are a few topics he glosses over, and others he goes on about at excessive length. I REALLY got tired of the repetition, though. Did this book ever get edited? He says the same things over and over and OVER again. Oy. Worth reading, but be warned.
I found the story to be very compelling and interesting, but I was quite put off by the inflections of the reader.
This book seems to address Job's quirks not to make fun of him, but to explain his everyday view of the world. At the end of this book you will both love and hate Jobs, not because he was a legend that changed the world forever, not because he could be cut throat.. because he was human, driven, and imperfect. This is not a Job's creation book, and it is not an ode to greatness, it is a picture of Job. I have to admit, anyone could have done what he did... but nobody did, and that makes him a giant! The book is a great listen, and anyone entertaining the idea of understanding a mind balancing contradictions should love this book.
I would listen again to hear the stories of how he forged his company into what it is today, revolutionary and the gold standard.
I enjoyed hearing the stories about Jobs and his temperment. I have always been mezmorized by his public speaking abilities, so it was great to learn more about him as a person.
No, due to the length is took me about a month, but it was well worth the time commitment.
I would recommend this book. Great story.
Job's own thoughts on education and business.
I love the way Steve was able to build a company based on his understand and insight in to what people want. His passion for purity in product, user experience, and life is second to none. This book did not change how I feel about him or the ability of other companies to become Apple like, but it did give me hope that more senior corporate leadership will turn their focus on developing quality products and experiences not just more price point driven crap that is unfulfilling in so many ways.
I have to admit that I am an apple product enthusiast so that was my initial draw to this book. That said, this book is a great listen from head to toe even if you don't like or use apple products. Jobs is a flawed man and a harsh employer but his story of pursuing perfection is wild, fantastic and worth every minute.
Isaacson is a wonderful writer who can keep a reader engaged even through the mundane events necessary in the telling of a biography. Jobs of course is an icon of our age and I'm so glad that someone with the stature and capacity of Walter Isaacson was engaged to document his life and accomplishments. Recommended to all but with a special emphasis to my fellow long time Apple users.
This book rates near the top of the 50+ audiobooks I have listened to in the last year.
Dylan Baker's narration is quite good.
Steve Jobs was a unique individual.
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