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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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    nCodo 04-14-12
    nCodo 04-14-12

    Knowledge is only the beginning, what we achieve from that knowledge shapes our lives.

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    "Great read, and great narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone into Apple products or technology.


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    You feel as though you get to know the man. The good and the bad. Steve Jobs was a great CEO who pushed for innovation and focused on even the smallest detail to ensure the user gets the best product possible. It dose not hide the fact that he was also an emotional and a times irrational man who sometimes treated people horribly. Overall this book is great.

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    Steve ROCKFORD, TN, United States 04-13-12
    Steve ROCKFORD, TN, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Learning about Steve Jobs's drive and personality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs, of course. He embodied the ultimate corporate fighter, manipulator, and acheiver.


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

    Steve Jobs, of course.


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

    The moment when the Apple Board of Directors elected John Sculley assumed the CEO position in 1983 and Steve Jobs was relegated to an R&D role.


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    A 04-13-12
    A 04-13-12

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    "All the boring parts other bios left out"

    I'm into the third part of this book and it is an endurance test. I've read and listen to other books on Apple and Steve Jobs that are far more interesting. This book just goes nowhere and stories are instantly forgetable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 04-12-12
    Kent Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 04-12-12
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    "Genius detailed"
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    I have been a Steve Jobs fan ever since I bought a Mac IIci in the mid-80's. I think we all know that he was a quirky genius, so none of that came as a surprise. What I enjoyed was Isaacson's excellent job of fleshing out the details of Jobs' life. He showed the complex human side of this remarkable genius. Brilliant as he was, Jobs was still human, and it was interesting to learn the details of his life story.

    I do have a major complaint about the narration. I found the snarky, sarcastic reading both annoying and over done. Snarky and sarcastic have a place, but every sentence? If only I could have heard a few passages read in a normal tone of voice. The bad-acting reading over-dramatized the material and made every sentence seem like an extreme event. I enjoyed the author's read of the introduction--too bad he didn't read the entire book. What better than to have the writer read his own words. After all, he knows the intent of what he wrote. Dylan Baker, in my opinion, had no clue. I love audio books, but this is one that I think I would have enjoyed more had I read the written version instead.

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    Curtis Lake Wales, FL, United States 04-11-12
    Curtis Lake Wales, FL, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "What a great book & so much more !"

    I was enthralled as I listened to this book ( I spend a lot of time on the road ) and it was so much more than a book about Steve Jobs. Warts & all , Jobs is well served by Walter Isaacson. The narration is first class. This book really is a history of the person computer and it's affect on how we live our lives!

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    Flash 76 Washington DC 04-09-12
    Flash 76 Washington DC 04-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing Life / Well Written Biography"

    What a great story -- to learn about both the genius and the failures of a person whose life had an incredible influence on us all. Another great biography by Walter Isaacson. Very solid narration. Highly recommended.

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    Andrea Brampton, ON, Canada 04-09-12
    Andrea Brampton, ON, Canada 04-09-12

    I am 39 years old and I own 2 businesses. I am married to a wonderful husband and have no children. I love business, money and travel.

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    "Inspiring!"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I couldn't stop listening. I even listening while cooking dinner.


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

    He left Apple once and came back years later.


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

    I felt like I was next to Steve Jobs watching his life.


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

    I felt even more admiration for the man and the company he built.


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    S. Perreten 04-09-12
    S. Perreten 04-09-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    No, probably worse by a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs...The book is about his life.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Clumsy rendition with tone and emphasis that began to seem condescending and snotty.


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

    no


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    I am surprised by the extremely unflattering picture painted of Jobs - which was exaggerated by the reading. I would have thought there would be a lot of criticism of this aspect of a really fascinating story. Perhaps if I had read the book rather than listening to it I would have had a different opinion. You could almost think Bill Gates had hired the narrator.

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    Maricris CLEARWATER, FL, United States 04-09-12
    Maricris CLEARWATER, FL, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible!"

    Steve Jobs is one of the most fascinating people I've read about. He was not afraid to show his emotions, which is very refreshing because not a lot of CEO's would be that way. His outbursts may seem childish, but it was his way of dealing with things. In the end, things turned out very well.

    Apple is what it is because of him. His passion and dedication is simply amazing. To be honest, the only Apple product I ever owned was an Ipod. I despised Apple and its restrictions. I need the freedom that non-Apple stuff offer. After listening to this book, the man behind Apple's success converted me. I will buy an Ipad 3 tomorrow. And maybe the new Macbook too. I know that these products are high quality products. They're built well because Steve Jobs made sure of it.

    The book was very well narrated. It's a long listen, but every single second is worth it. I would listen to it again one day, when I need to be reminded that it's okay to be passionate and dedicated about your job. I'm not an 8 to 5 type of person and sometimes I get criticized for it, but whatever. It's what I do, and I will do it best. Steve did it that way.

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    Katherine DUMFRIES, VA, United States 04-05-12
    Katherine DUMFRIES, VA, United States 04-05-12
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    "Wow. Just wow."
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    My husband and I listened to this over the course of a month on our hour long commute. Amazing book. Amazing man. Amazing writing. We couldn't recommend this more.

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