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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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    Rebecca JOHNSTOWN, PA, United States 08-23-12
    Rebecca JOHNSTOWN, PA, United States 08-23-12
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    "This book is inspiring!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes, it is an excellent book. I love hearing the history of the computer industry and perspective of Steve Jobs and the people around him.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fabulous book. Love or hate Steve Jobs, he was a very interesting individual with vision and was able to make things happen. He didn't believe that things could not be done and I find it inspiring! I absolutely recommend this book. The narrator was excellent. The author was wonderful. He did a great job of interviewing so many people to bring in numerous perspectives. I loved it!

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    Lita Santa Maria, CA, United States 08-23-12
    Lita Santa Maria, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Never an Excuse"

    This is the first time I've read an autobiography and disliked the person it was about. Progress or success is NEVER an excuse to treat people badly.

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    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 08-22-12
    Eric T. Cowan Austin, TX 08-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Learned so much I did not know"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Yes, except that it would be nice to download all the pictures. I bought the iBook version to see the pictures.


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

    The discussion about the importance of design elements in everything. Specifically about the iPhone external design. Mine have always lived in the otterbox defender protective case. After hearing about the design aspects, I took it out of the case and have been enjoying the phone even more. Before I would not have appreciated the design elements.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interaction of Disney and Pixar and the making of Toy Story.


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

    It made me really reflect on the computer industry. I've been using computers for over 30 years and as a kid growing up got to see many of the innovations come about. Before this I did not have the deep appreciation for the people that made those changes that I know do. I frankly took for granted many of the innovations that now I recognize as groundbreaking. Looking forward to reading about Gates and Woz, next.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book was an outstanding view into the life of a visionary leader. His single minded pursuit of his ideal and utter lack of interest in how it affected others was a stark contrast to the Level 5 leader strategies from Good to Great. A very different approach, but I can not argue with the results or some of his comments about tolerating B players on the team.

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    Seth 08-22-12
    Seth 08-22-12
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    "Great Story About a True Visionary of Our Age"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It presented Steve Jobs with all of his warts and weaknesses as well as his incredible abilities.


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    Dave Tumwater, WA, United States 08-22-12
    Dave Tumwater, WA, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Cruel/Genius"

    This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to. What a great book about this 21st century genius.

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    Judy 08-21-12
    Judy 08-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "fabulous"

    a great listen. I found fascinating. wish I didn't need to write so many words....

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    J Raydan 08-20-12
    J Raydan 08-20-12
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    "A great view of a very influential man"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Is a very interesting story about a very influential man. It allows you to form your own opinion about his way of conducting bussiness and life. I think there are interesting lessons about what and how to do things, and about how NOT to do them.

    I really enjoyed this program.


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    Randy 08-20-12
    Randy 08-20-12
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    "Fantastic book with incredible narrator"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite audiobook to date. I absolutely love the Steve Jobs bio done by Isaacson and I thought the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life.


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    Daniel Huntington Station, NY, United States 08-20-12
    Daniel Huntington Station, NY, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Story is fantastic. Reader is very good."
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The content of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Steve Jobs is an interesting and stubborn individual, but he is consistent.


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

    No


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

    No. Its very long. But was a great car ride book. Had me hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for those interested in technology, entrepreneurship, business, or who like inventors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cielo Di Bend Central Oregon 08-18-12
    Cielo Di Bend Central Oregon 08-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great performance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Some, not all. Not a reflection on the writing. I wasn't hooked on the book. My husband could not stop listening. It is very dependent on the person who is listening. One of my clients, who is a business guru (who will does not allow Apple products in his business) couldn't get past the first 150 pages reading it. Perhaps listening would be easier?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Walter Isaacson? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I believe the writing was excellent and the research was well done.


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

    By all standards, I believe this was an exceptional piece of research and excellent writing. My rating reflects the writing, quality of the reporting of the story to be told and the performance.

    I don't like the man it was about any more or less after I listened to the book.


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