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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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    pam Vero Beach, FL, United States 01-12-12
    pam Vero Beach, FL, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Genius, infuriating, driven!


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many interesting facts. I just couldn't stop telling my friends the stuff I learned about Steve in this book.

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    Matthew Monona, Wisconsin, United States 01-11-12
    Matthew Monona, Wisconsin, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply the Best!!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes! This is the best book that I have ever listen to! The narrator will never top the excellence of Jim Dale, but the pure substance of the book is incredible. I initial bought this book because I was going to listen to it as i walked around my campus, as I was driving, and as I feel asleep. But I instead found myself taking the long route to class, sitting in parking lots for extended period of times, and staying up till wee hours in the night listening to this book because it was so good.

    Truly an incredible book!


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

    There are too many to list! Really incredible book!


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

    No, but I thought that he was excellent and I will definitely listen to him again! He did an incredible job!


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

    Literally every word of this book!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has l driven me to buy another Walter Isaacson book because I loved it so much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James CANBY, OR, United States 01-10-12
    James CANBY, OR, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enlightening expose of an intriguing man. Easy to listen to. Dylan Baker's narration was spot on.


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    EMMA new orleans, la, United States 01-10-12
    EMMA new orleans, la, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poorly Written, Long and Boring!"

    The only reason that I stuck with this book despite the poor writing and whiny narrator was the fact that I was actually interested in learning about Job’s life and Apple. If you are similarly interested, I would recommend this book, but only because of the knowledge you will gain from reading it and not because it is an enjoyable read. I also highly disliked the narrator’s whiny voice. I suspect that this product would not be worthy of Job's praise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Charlotte, NC, United States 01-09-12
    Michael Charlotte, NC, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    Just a fascinating story about how one man's passion for great products has changed industry

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    Jeanne Penney Florida 01-09-12
    Jeanne Penney Florida 01-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Interesting and Thought Provoking Book"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Changed the World


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very detailed and full of facts, but read like a story.


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

    A wonderful narrator!


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

    A little of both....it seemed like we really got a true picture of this extraordinary man.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Walter Isaacson really took the time to research and portray all the many sides of Steve. You feel a little like you knew him by the time you finish. Very Well Done!

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    Char Lotte United States 01-09-12
    Char Lotte United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

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

    Smart, Mean, Hurt


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

    Steve Jobs


    Any additional comments?

    I am pleased that in the end Jobs was willing to expose himself to the world without attempting to shroud his life in a fictitious representation of his more shallow self.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 01-09-12
    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding Product!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, brilliant jerk.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve - absolutely fascinating. Repulsive, compelling and genius.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration - you feel as you are truly witness to the incidents.


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

    yes if it wasn't so long.


    Any additional comments?

    Over 300 audio books, this would be in my top 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth SANTEE, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Elizabeth SANTEE, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great man?"

    To be clear, the author and narrator did a fine job.So many 4 and 5 star reviews but I couldn't get into this book. I don't disagree that Steve Jobs had a huge impact on the world as we know it today but as far as I am concerned the man shouldn't be idolized or worshipped. I hate to think that kids today look to him as a role model, because he was far from it.

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    G. Hinds boston, ma, usa 01-08-12
    G. Hinds boston, ma, usa 01-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good , but astonishingly repetitive"

    Steve Jobs is a very interesting guy who led a very interesting life, which makes for a compelling bio. I think Isaacson got a lot of great material. There are a few topics he glosses over, and others he goes on about at excessive length. I REALLY got tired of the repetition, though. Did this book ever get edited? He says the same things over and over and OVER again. Oy. Worth reading, but be warned.

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