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
Yes! This is the best book that I have ever listen to! The narrator will never top the excellence of Jim Dale, but the pure substance of the book is incredible. I initial bought this book because I was going to listen to it as i walked around my campus, as I was driving, and as I feel asleep. But I instead found myself taking the long route to class, sitting in parking lots for extended period of times, and staying up till wee hours in the night listening to this book because it was so good.
Truly an incredible book!
There are too many to list! Really incredible book!
No, but I thought that he was excellent and I will definitely listen to him again! He did an incredible job!
Literally every word of this book!
This book has l driven me to buy another Walter Isaacson book because I loved it so much!
Enlightening expose of an intriguing man. Easy to listen to. Dylan Baker's narration was spot on.
The only reason that I stuck with this book despite the poor writing and whiny narrator was the fact that I was actually interested in learning about Job’s life and Apple. If you are similarly interested, I would recommend this book, but only because of the knowledge you will gain from reading it and not because it is an enjoyable read. I also highly disliked the narrator’s whiny voice. I suspect that this product would not be worthy of Job's praise.
Just a fascinating story about how one man's passion for great products has changed industry
Changed the World
It was very detailed and full of facts, but read like a story.
A wonderful narrator!
A little of both....it seemed like we really got a true picture of this extraordinary man.
I think Walter Isaacson really took the time to research and portray all the many sides of Steve. You feel a little like you knew him by the time you finish. Very Well Done!
Smart, Mean, Hurt
I am pleased that in the end Jobs was willing to expose himself to the world without attempting to shroud his life in a fictitious representation of his more shallow self.
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.
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