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
an American original
Steve Wozniak, because he presents such a contrast to Jobs.
Assembling the Apple I.
Final bout with cancer.
The book is way too long. For instance, who cares what Jobs had on his IPOD-the whole list! The book was broken into about 150 chapters without any titles. Would that have been so difficult? Also the 150 chapters don't correspond with those mentioned by the narrator. Also this format could be significantly enhanced with little cost. Instead of a static screen, why not some video? Or how about an audio of the actual Stanford commencement speech if it was so good. The audible books concept and its implementation, while useful still seems a bit quirky and rough. That said, I enjoyed it and find the service useful but expensive for just reading a book out loud.
And a better story. Every manager should read. Love Steve Jobs pursuit of perfection. This book convinced me to switch to Mac computers and I love them. So sad we lost Steve so early.
Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!
Yes. More insight of this brilliant yet strange man.
The insight on his personality and his ablity to create products ahead of his time. Mainly the way he lived his life. Even if it wasn't for the money he lived his life the way he wanted.
The narrator voice was excellent to listen to. I have heard other narrators and after a while their voice becomes annoying.
In this book, I learned what Steve Jobs was really like. My impression was that he grew up in the 60's, and was affected by the culture that was being created then...but he was an exceptional person, who had the drive to create products that made Apple the most valuable company in the world.
Entrepreneur extraordinaire. Genius. Driven. And imperfect.
In the early days, Apple was in the process of inventing the mouse. Xerox had developed a device that could move up & down and left & right. Jobs insisted that it had to be able to move in any direction. Jobs learned that one of his engineers believed it would be impossible to mass produce such a device. He fired the guy the next day. If you didn't believe what you had been asked to do was possible, he didn't need you on the payroll. And he wasn't going to waste his time or yours, just letting you hang around.
It was certainly moving. The descriptions of Jobs' relationships with his children -- especially his son, Reed -- were most moving for me, both in positive and negative directions.
This book was exceptionally well written and well read.
a lover of books and finer things
Yes. The narration was wonderful and the story was so compelling that you wanted to hear the end of it. I love biographies and this was the only one I've heard so far that I would consider listening to again.
Christopher Lawford's Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption. I would compare the too because of the brutal honesty and the storytelling. You can have a good story but if you haven't found a way to convey that story in words then it is worthless.
Sometimes words on the page just don't keep you going and it might take months for you to read a good book. Some narrators just don't know what tone to use when reading for an audience and you know it right away. Dylan Baker had me hooked and kept me intrigued and entertained all the way to the end.
This book is just simply amazing. I read a book by Jay Elliot about Steve Job's leadership and his ups and down. That was a good book but this book completes Steve Jobs. Must read even if you are not a Mac fan.
I used to argue with my co-workers about PC vs Mac wars 4-5 years ago. Now that I have an iPhone, iPod, iPad, I can't believe I lived 31 years of my life without these devices. Maybe cause there weren't invented back then but I can't imagine the future without these.
Now, I'm an Apple fan boy. Now that I know how hard Steve had to work to give us what we want and need, It's that much sweeter to own an Apple product.
Listen to the audio book. It's long but worth it.
I would highly recommend this audiobook. The story of Steve Jobs is extremely engaging and it's a great resource to learn from.
I am interested in the dynamic and rapidly changing personality of Steve Jobs.
I'm sure it would have been Steve Jobs.
Steve's death was a moving moment in the book.
I believe that Walter Isaacson has given us the rare ability to really see into the life of Steve Jobs. Isaacson was fair in his assessment without being overly critical or to much of an open fan. In fact, I was surprised by the emphasis that was placed on the negative qualities of Steve Jobs and how they worked together with some of his more positive qualities. For instance, he as was a successful leader and Jobs believed that much of his success as a leader/executive was due to his willingness to be cruel to people in order to get the very best out of his people and also to move the lower qualities players out of his team sooner. This is not my typical leadership style, nor is it my preferred style, but I will need to spend some time considering the lessons that Jobs has left for us to learn. Whether I agree with Jobs or not I must say that what he accomplished with Apple and Pixar is simply amazing! Apple is about to have the largest market share in the personal computer industry as they will soon surpass HP (if you consider tablets to be computers). This is just another testament to the brilliance of Steve Jobs. I am grateful for the products that he helped to produce and I am inspired by the companies that he built, but I am equally disappointed by the way he treated people. I guess that no one is perfect and that's a relief to me.
Creative a-hole genius.
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.
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