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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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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    Annual 01-10-13
    Annual 01-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "not very insightful."

    I expected a lot more from this book. But it did not deliver all that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    vinsoncg 01-07-13
    vinsoncg 01-07-13
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    "Boring!"
    What did you like best about Steve Jobs? What did you like least?

    The story just drones on about seemingly the same thing...Jobs was an ass who treated people like sh*t. He might have been brilliant, but he was a prick. After a few hours of listening to the same theme over and over...I had enough.


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    David Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 01-07-13
    David Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but a tad long."

    Interesting story about a fascinating man who led an unconventional life. Well told (and read) with a balanced perspective.

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    Si Y 01-05-13
    Si Y 01-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining and interesting"
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    Held my interest from start to finish. Informative, interesting and well narrated. Worth the purchase.

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    anna Seattle, WA, United States 01-04-13
    anna Seattle, WA, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I just started listening so not enough to rate this yet


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

    Many interesting but not necessarily very memorable moments


    What didn’t you like about Dylan Baker’s performance?

    It was over-done with unnecessary "acting the part"


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

    Steve Jobs - the extreme drive of a complex man


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    Alan PALO ALTO, CA, United States 01-03-13
    Alan PALO ALTO, CA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "What a fantastic biography"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    inspiring, balanced and insightful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    The voice is great!


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

    Cry. The last part, Steve's last words are so moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis 01-03-13
    Curtis 01-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Much richer than expected, even with the hype"

    Ever go to a movie because everyone else said how great it was? Then when you go you are disappointed because your expectations were so high? That's what I thought was going to happen with this book. Several people told me to read this and there is so much business news about Apple all the time that I thought that my high expectations would lead me to be to be disappointed. Instead this book far surpassed my expectations even with high expectations going in.

    It really explains why Steve Jobs was and is so highly regarded in the business world for his genius. There are all sorts of lessons on what it takes to create a great product and to be innovative. On the other hand, a clear example that business success and success in other aspects of life don't always go hand in hand.

    I also really enjoyed getting a overview of birth of the tech industry in the U.S. The research done for this biography is outstanding.

    I thought the narration was excellent and enjoyed listening to the narrator.

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    Van Tanner 01-03-13
    Van Tanner 01-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Truth stranger than fiction, thank you Walter."

    There are few 'real' bigger than life people. Yes, there are a lot of people that do great things and rise to the occasion as needed. However, there are some who are made of different stuff than you or I. It is the study of these giants that motivate us and drive humanity to greater heights.

    Steve Jobs was one of those bigger than life guys who never really got his larger-than-life status until his exploits rubbed our nose it it. Thank you Walter Isaacson for your ability to do this in such a way we could see the man behind the myth. Dylan as narrator gives a brilliant reading of a difficult story. I almost did not get this book for fear that it would or could not be narrated without it coming off sounding like a boring biography. Hats off Dylan.

    I knew Steve in a minor way through my role as a speaker in the early 80's. I was involved as an industry leader in the emerging Desktop Publishing industry. So back then Steve's strangeness was put off to just being one of those California geek nut cases. If it were not for this book we may still hold to those mistaken notions of this world financial leader. This book show me the depth of the man.

    Until Walters book came along I had no idea what made this guy tick, which is exactly what you get with Walter Isaacson. He peals the layers of the man like an onion and sure enough, Walter keeps us seeing the juicer parts of what made the man tick.

    Vegan to the point of ignoring the Doctors advice and prediction of death. Refusing to wear shoes even to meetings that could mean 100's of 1000's of dollars. But he marched to a different game and Walter takes us through this with out judgement or condemnation. He lets us see the Beauty and the Beast.

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    John S. Anderson San Francisco, CA 01-02-13
    John S. Anderson San Francisco, CA 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Written"
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    This is a well written, well performed book about an interesting character in American life and development. Isaacson is a great story teller and this makes the book enjoyable while you learn the thoughts and techniques of a troubled genius. I will listen to this again next year.

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    Tracy 01-02-13
    Tracy 01-02-13
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    "Fascinating"

    My first book from audible. I looked forward to my commute everyday. I now have a better understanding of how and why Apple works.

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