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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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    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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    Marcella Lansdale, PA, United States 01-08-12
    Marcella Lansdale, PA, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story...unfortunate reader"

    I found the story to be very compelling and interesting, but I was quite put off by the inflections of the reader.

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    William 01-06-12
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    "Steve Jobs - The man, the myth, the prick. Listen!"

    This book seems to address Job's quirks not to make fun of him, but to explain his everyday view of the world. At the end of this book you will both love and hate Jobs, not because he was a legend that changed the world forever, not because he could be cut throat.. because he was human, driven, and imperfect. This is not a Job's creation book, and it is not an ode to greatness, it is a picture of Job. I have to admit, anyone could have done what he did... but nobody did, and that makes him a giant! The book is a great listen, and anyone entertaining the idea of understanding a mind balancing contradictions should love this book.

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    Meghan 01-06-12
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    "Good Insight, Great Business Text"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I would listen again to hear the stories of how he forged his company into what it is today, revolutionary and the gold standard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing the stories about Jobs and his temperment. I have always been mezmorized by his public speaking abilities, so it was great to learn more about him as a person.


    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, due to the length is took me about a month, but it was well worth the time commitment.


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    Chris Mundelein, IL, United States 01-06-12
    Chris Mundelein, IL, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Still not worshiping at the Apple Alter but..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. Great story.


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

    Job's own thoughts on education and business.


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

    Top Notch


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Steve was able to build a company based on his understand and insight in to what people want. His passion for purity in product, user experience, and life is second to none. This book did not change how I feel about him or the ability of other companies to become Apple like, but it did give me hope that more senior corporate leadership will turn their focus on developing quality products and experiences not just more price point driven crap that is unfulfilling in so many ways.

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    Greg Wilson 01-05-12
    Greg Wilson 01-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Intelligent well written biography"

    Isaacson is a wonderful writer who can keep a reader engaged even through the mundane events necessary in the telling of a biography. Jobs of course is an icon of our age and I'm so glad that someone with the stature and capacity of Walter Isaacson was engaged to document his life and accomplishments. Recommended to all but with a special emphasis to my fellow long time Apple users.

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    Michael Honolulu, HI, United States 01-05-12
    Michael Honolulu, HI, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Outstanding Book!"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates near the top of the 50+ audiobooks I have listened to in the last year.


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

    I think


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

    Dylan Baker's narration is quite good.


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

    Steve Jobs was a unique individual.


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    Dan United States 01-04-12
    Dan United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about Steve Jobs? What did you like least?

    Good book on a very interesting man. Could have taken out a few of the similar stories showcasing Steve's character.


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    Frank Estrada 01-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    I am 45 years old and I grew up in the shadows of his accomplishments. I am more like Woz and prefer an open system to do with as I please, but I admire all the innovation Steve Jobs gave to all of us. He thinks all other products are crap? he should know how crappy those products would have been if they were not forced to compete with his works of art. I'm a PC, but he truly did create art, and force others to live up to their potential and create art also.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did a wonderful job of being objective, we truly get to know Steve Jobs, more so in a way than people who have known him personally. I am sure they too will learn more from reading... Listening to this book.


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

    N/A


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


    WOW, um.... no its over 20 hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    God bless Steve jobs, the world will be a much darker place with out him.

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    Jay SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-03-12
    Jay SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Learn the details behind the man..."

    I thouroughly enjoyed the listen and actually finished the almost 24 hours in about 48. I was very interested in the story and the reader was very good. I would have liked to have heard more, like maybe an update after his death or more detail about his wife's and kid's opinions. Maybe that can be added later. If you have any interest in the man and how everything fit together, you'll enjoy this listen.

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