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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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    jeen-marie United States 02-20-12
    jeen-marie United States 02-20-12
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    "Made me love my Apple products even more."
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Creative a-hole genius.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave this audio book overall 5 stars because even tho the book is over 25 hours long, I want to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon BEVERLY HILLS, CA, United States 02-18-12
    Simon BEVERLY HILLS, CA, United States 02-18-12
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    "Wow"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Of course! He is probably one of the craziest people I have ever heard of. He offers inspiration to every person out there in that he started from the bottom and came out on top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike most nonfiction biographies, his biography was not only interesting but the design of the book was superb just like his products.


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

    Steve Jobs - Duh!


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    Anthony Bridgewater, NJ, United States 02-17-12
    Anthony Bridgewater, NJ, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2013

    Just little ol' me

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    "Great look at Jobs' life, but strange narrator"

    Isaacson did a great and very thorough job of investigating the pluses and minuses of Steve Jobs. Jobs is an extremely intriguing person. He has so many negative qualities, but has had such a huge impact on technology and our society in general that I could had to finish the book despite me being absolutely appalled by his horrendous behavior. The book is absolutely needed to understand how the PC market developed and how Microsoft really needed Apple at times and helped Apple when it really needed it despite their heated competition.

    The narratortook me out of the story at times in the odd way he pronounced things and the strange way he read quotes and emphasized things. I thought the producer or recording engineer are as much to blame though. They really need to be sat down and given a good talking to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 02-17-12
    Kevin 02-17-12
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. Truly a fantastic journey into the person who is Steve Jobs. Everyone should read and learn about the pioneers in our society, and Steve Jobs is one of those people. I wish I had more insight when I was younger, and joined the efforts of someone like Jobs. Few of us set out to be insanely great at something, probably because we can't find the passion that drives the truly great revolutionaries such as Jobs.


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    MyDogBen Seattle 02-17-12
    MyDogBen Seattle 02-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "There will be other books written..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I came to this book with such high expectations. Isaacson is out of his depth with his subject matter. I can only recommend it with serious reservations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked best the unintentional glimpses of SJ that leaked through the cracks in Isaacson's narrative plan: glimpses of home life, Job's manic schedule. And regarding Steve Jobs vs Cancer, I predict a Broadway play, probably a comedy, before too long. This particular health crisis was tailor-made for examination before an audience. With laughter, and tears.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dylan Baker's delivery is not suited to the material. Every time I returned to the book I thought, is he really the ideal narrator for this? Would Apple have approved this choice? His repeated mispronunciation of


    Any additional comments?

    Blogger Jon Gruber makes some excellent, detailed critiques of Isaacson's work at the website 'Daring Fireball.' Anyone interested in an alternate analysis of Steve Job's career should go read Gruber on the subject.

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    MTH 02-17-12
    MTH 02-17-12
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    "Story is awesome, writter+narrator is..eh."
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, inspiring, imaginative. all starts with i's


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve jobs, he's an ass, but his bitchyness gave us the technology we have today. I love his passion for perfection. even to the point where he refused to wear an ugly oxygen mask.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance of writer: It was not well revised, i just think it's missing something i can't put a finger on. good story though.

    performance of narrator: good at some parts, but dude, get the names right. he pronounced lion os x


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

    The adventure of a crazy man.


    Any additional comments?

    I love steve jobs, his story, his ideas. so this is a good book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles MARENGO, IL, United States 02-17-12
    Charles MARENGO, IL, United States 02-17-12
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    "you never know who will be your boss"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    once is enough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    steve


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

    both


    Any additional comments?

    it seams that he is only a salesman the brains was woz

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gage SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 02-16-12
    Gage SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I love a good book

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    "Genius and Jerk"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    This was an interesting read/listen. I never imagined Jobs was such a jerk. It was however very entertaining and brought back memories of the beginning years of the personal compuater and the rivalries between Apple and Microsoft.


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

    he was alright.


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

    So many different groups of people had similar reactions to Jobs and they either praised him or demonized him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARGARET THUNDER BAY, ON, Canada 02-16-12
    MARGARET THUNDER BAY, ON, Canada 02-16-12
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    "A MUST READ ABOUT A GENIUS"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Steve Jobs was not the most great man to have as a boss, but his inovative ideas have changed the world. He pulled Apple out of the garbage when he lost and then regained control. He stuck to his principles and spin our world around. Emmensly enjoyed listening about his life. His wife and family have so must to be proud of. I hope Apple does not stray to far from his visions again.


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

    There are many books about great peope out there


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

    Makes you so much more apprecaitive of his music


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

    The whole book moved me, from start top finish


    Any additional comments?

    I sincerely hope there will be more books to read about modern men, who strive to accomplish their visions. This would also apply to women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck United States 02-15-12
    Chuck United States 02-15-12

    CS Lewis Fan

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    "enchanting & can't-stop-listening audiobook!"

    this was so good, I couldn't stop listening to it. My wife literally begged me to stop talking about Steve Jobs all the time. Anyone interested in business, technology, or entrepreneurship should commit to this soon. It's so inspiring a book, even if Jobs isn't your favorite person. Do it!

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