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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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    hayk 02-15-12
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    "Amazing story... Highly recommend"

    If you are not hooked to one of the iDevices yet, you will after listening to this book, almost guaranteed. Amazing narration and story about a genius visionary...

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    Kathy San Diego, CA, United States 02-14-12
    Kathy San Diego, CA, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    The writer's ability to take multiple complex elements and weave them into a cohesive and accessible whole.


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

    I can't recall reading another book like this, but I can certainly think of individuals in history who had a similar mix of genius, the demonic, profound insight and a touch of mental disorder.


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

    I have not listened to other performances by Dylan Baker.


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

    The three faces of Steve :-)


    Any additional comments?

    For all my ambivalence about Steve Jobs and Apple (becoming even more ambivalent after reading the book) I stand in awe of this man, his genius and his vision. This book was accessible, as balanced as it could be (aware of its own flaws) and fascinating. I couldn't stop listening.

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    Jose Irvine, CA, United States 02-14-12
    Jose Irvine, CA, United States 02-14-12
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    "A must!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The true and raw story...loved it!


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

    His determinaton


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

    NO


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

    Steve jobs the truth, the sad the reality!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read, listen buy...etc!

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    Ray GEORGETOWN, SC, United States 02-14-12
    Ray GEORGETOWN, SC, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Jobs a man who can manage many jobs simultaneousl"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again, in fact I aready started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Jobs persevered when all about him doubted his abilities


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

    His tone, inflection; a sense that he was a part of the interview with the author.


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

    When Jobs reached out to his out of wedlock daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, no great book!

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    Camille Yerington, NV, United States 02-14-12
    Camille Yerington, NV, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    This is one of the best books that I've ever read or listened to. The author did an amazing job of letting us know a genius. It's fascinating. CF


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth every penny.

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    L Centennial, CO, United States 02-13-12
    L Centennial, CO, United States 02-13-12

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    "Bringing the Last Few Decades into Perspective"

    This is more than a book about Steve Jobs. It is an insight into our digital world and its denizens. Do yourself a favor. Read it next.

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    Kathie Panama City Beach, FL, United States 02-12-12
    Kathie Panama City Beach, FL, United States 02-12-12

    Long time artist now working exclusively in Digital art. I also write. It's very nice to be here.

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    "The "Other" Path"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen once more. I was very curious about the man who's genius created so many


    What did you like best about this story?

    I believe I enjoyed reading about his younger years and watching that spark take many turns before it flared into brightness.


    Did Dylan Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I believe he did a fair job. It could have been better by fleshing out the characters a bit more, but he did an admirable job.


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    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 02-11-12
    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 02-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Jobs, Perspective, and Personal Computers"

    I followed Steve Jobs' career from when he first started Apple with Woz, so I knew quite a bit about him. However, this biography fills many gaps and introduces new insights by providing intimate details not always available elsewhere. By the same token, some dimensions of Jobs' life are given short shrift or omitted altogether. Of course, what to include is always a dilemma when writing a biography, and Isaacson's goal appears to have been to present a balanced a view of Jobs' life -- with both good and bad thrown into the mix -- but in the end it should be no surprise that Jobs comes across as something of a business super-hero, which he may very well may have been.

    Overall, Dylan Baker does a fine job as narrator and Isaacson an admirable job as author. The book is a must for anyone wanting to know about Jobs, but just as important it presents a certain perspective on the history of personal computers from the 1970's to the present. Despite its length, the book leaves you wanting more when you complete it.

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    douglas columbus, KS, United States 02-11-12
    douglas columbus, KS, United States 02-11-12
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    "This book was worth the time"

    I enjoyed the full book. It was a good audio version of a very interesting book.

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    Paul United States 02-10-12
    Paul United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Job!"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    The revelation of how difficult it is to keep focus without frustration. He could do what he did though health and happiness was honestly not some thing he could manufacture in himself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It did'nt attempt to draw a conclusion, though it invited the reader to have the information to make up his or her own mind.


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