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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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    Wayne United States 03-23-12
    Wayne United States 03-23-12
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    "Sophomoric Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting in general.


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

    Very poorly compared with Einstein.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    I would have to have a very good preview.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, Baker makes some of the most brilliant and successful men in contemporary American business sound like sophomoric dolts. While I am pleased to have had the convenience of listening to the book when I might otherwise not have been able to, I cannot recommend this particular performance.

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    brett 03-23-12
    brett 03-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Homemaker Dad

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    "Oh ! That guy ?. Thanks Steve"

    Some people are driven . This is a great window into a driven persons world .
    enjoyable biography .
    Makes me wonder what he could have achieved . even with more acid

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    Teatime2 03-22-12
    Teatime2 03-22-12

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    "The Apple Jobs, not the personal Jobs"

    If you are interested in the private Jobs, you will find plenty of information here and get insights into his personality and how that affected Apple philosophy and products but really, the majority of the book is about the development of the company over the years. It can get pretty tedious.

    Isaacson did a good job with compiling all the material he must have gathered and the reader really did bring it all to life. I doubt I could have slogged through the whole thing without his skills.

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    James Fiskdale, MA, United States 03-22-12
    James Fiskdale, MA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2011

    My reading interests include business and organizational psychology books. In addition, I like mystery.

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    "Excellent Book!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Innovative, Genius, Bastard


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve was my favorite because you never knew when he would act out, create a scene or cry because he did not get his way.


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

    The book is very good but long.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an interesting read because the author did a nice job of being fair and objective about Jobs; The author did not pull any punches about Job's antics. It is also a great testimonial that you can be an innovative genius and possess no emotional intelligence (to the extent that Jobs was kicked out of the company that he and Wozniak founded). The emotional highs and lows are described to the extent that you really feel like you are in the book. There are a lot of gems in the book as it relates to: emotional intelligence, innovation, family, wealth and most of all-loss. In short, I highly recommend this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 03-19-12
    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 03-19-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This was the best book I have listen to on audible so far!


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

    Everything I enjoyed, but the most memorable was the early years. How apple was started .


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    I felt he was very smooth and direct. Very good narrator!


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

    Jobs- How the master works!


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT BOOK AND A MUST READ FOR ANY BUSINESS OWNER!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David sea cliff, NY, United States 03-19-12
    David sea cliff, NY, United States 03-19-12
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    "Fascinating"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    revolutonary,passionate,productive


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

    Steve Jobs said his getting fired from Apple and leaving college and getting cancer.

    I think another one was his hooking up with Steve Waz(spelling).


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

    Steve Waz (spelling)- great counterpoint to Steve Jobs - I admired his intelligence, creativity, ethical persona, unassuming ways and gentleness.


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

    The last meeting that Steve had with the Apple board when he handed in his resignation and offer to be the chairman.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a dunce when it comes to the electronic ways we communicate now- so this book was an enlightening venture for me - I loved it - it seemed like a fair balanced biography and it made me appreciate how much computers, internet, iphone,ipads etc have changed our world - I found it fascinating throughout the whole book - I am a walker and a reader so it was a complete joy to be able to listen to this book as I walked and it was especially wonderful to learn how much Steve Jobs liked to walk. I think his genius was based on his love of integrating liberal arts and technology, his abilities to see and create the overall vision as well as his ability,interest in the details of any project he took on. I now know why the Apple products are so beatutiful and well made. Great book.

    The person who narrated the book was wonderful as well, great voice,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colvin Louisville, KY, United States 03-18-12
    Colvin Louisville, KY, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    It's a biography


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader comes off like he is reading to third graders, slow and deliberate with a bit of condescension in his inflection that will slowly drive you nuts.


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

    Yes.


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    03-16-12
    03-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The question is not applicable. The book is for everyone. It offers information. It is the information in the book that determines whether or not you enjoy being informed.


    Has Steve Jobs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, what is in one book does not follow to another.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know if it was the narrator or the author, but the tone of the book was definitly demeaning. It portrayed Jobs as an uneducated, smelly, drug using, controlling little child. Not a genius.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I now understand the logic behind the Apple computers design and appearance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book may have portrayed Steve Jobs correctly, but if he was such a genius this book did not portray him as such. He comes across as a stoned individual that used other people at all cost to attain success.

    I understand that if you maintain control of any computer environment that it can seem flawless or at least more easily correctable. As a software engineer, I know that master control of software and hardware make them easier to fix and personally would have preferred to worked in such an environment. In Steve Jobs case, it assured him that no other ideas interfered with his idea.

    I keep rewriting this critique because I tend to allow my emotions for Steve Jobs to override the content of the book. However, as a result of the book, I have a much lower opinion of Steve Jobs. He was 'ME' oriented to an extreme, not considering other people or their opinions at all.

    Did I enjoy the book? Not really. I was looking or information that would give me a more uplifting opinion of Steve Jobs. One positive thing that the book did accomplish was to give me a respect for the product that Steve Jobs produced. He had a vision and he stuck to it come hell or high water.

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    Nancy Woods 03-15-12
    Nancy Woods 03-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Good The Bad and The Ugly..."
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    More interesting on a current level. I live in the community and was directly affected by his existence.


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

    Getting a glimpse of his vulnerabilities.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    It was ok.


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

    No. In bits was good enough as it was quite long but you don't forget where you left off.


    Any additional comments?

    I so appreciate his life and I'm so glad I'm not a person like him.

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    Dana United States 03-15-12
    Dana United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating and funny!"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 3


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

    The story of how he met his biological father.


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

    He is the best!! He was the best part of the book. I will search him out for more books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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