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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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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    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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    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
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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
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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.

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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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    C. Mitchell Washington, DC 08-17-12
    C. Mitchell Washington, DC 08-17-12 Member Since 2016

    Avid Listener of audio books!

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    "An Excellent Educational Experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! There are many life learning experiences that can be gleaned from the information.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing story! No matter what our opinion is, we cannot discredit Steve Jobs talent and ability to achieve success as a leader in the advancement of technology. I found it interesting how he never gave up trying to accomplish his desires. He had a certain stick-to-itiveness that most people dare attempt.

    I am not here to criticize his judgments or character in how he dealt with others or speak harshly about how he met his achievements. If you have not read this story and are contemplating reading it, you will not be disappointed. For those that enjoy learning from the experiences of others, this book provides you with plenty of opportunities to do so.

    I chose to listen to the audio version which I felt was most entertaining because it felt like I was receiving the information first hand. While the majority of the book held my attention, at times, the technical details seemed to drag on. But, overall the book is quite educational.

    The details described took me through a variety of emotions ranging from sadness to unbelievable and “ah ha” moments. For instance, I recently purchased an iPad and was thoroughly disappointed that it does not support Adobe Flash. After listening to the book, I finally understand why.

    Jobs was no doubt a genius! I only wonder what other marvels he would have discovered.

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    Salo Goose Creek, SC, United States 08-17-12
    Salo Goose Creek, SC, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An American Genius, Warts and All"

    What an amazing man. The fact that he authorized this, told the author not to hold back and provided a list of both friends and enemies to interview speaks volumes - and well - of him. While I favor an open environment for computing, I do agree Apple's closed environment is viable. The only fault: since I do audio books, I think the actor they hired to read it should know how to pronounce Apple's flagship operating system. It's not "OS X" like it is written: it's pronounced "OS Ten."

    Despite what you may think considering the subject matter, it's not very technical, and it is hard to put down.

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    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Jennifer Pomona, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not all Roses"

    I liked that the story shed true light on Steve Jobs and his genius. He was not always a nice person and definitely wasn't perfect. He was human, an intelligent and interesting human but not a saint.

    Great listen!

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