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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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The in depth look at the life of Steve Jobs
Dylan Baker's narration didn't seem to fit the material of the biography. His voice and narration were more suited to a western or a more folksy-type book.
I Love Apple and this just top it off for me..
He did not get paid to run the company. He just loved it that much.. Such Passion.
Great book. The reader is clear and expressive. There are so many interesting stories about Jobs' life covered in great detail, this is just fascinating!
This book was not just about Steve Jobs. His personality is fascinating and he accomplished a lot, but the book also brings the reader through the evolution of technology. I was a Mac user and then not and then went back to the Mac again. Guess what....this all coincided with when Jobs worked for Apple and didn't and did again. This book answered a lot of questions I've often pondered over the last 20 years. I learned so much about ipods and ipads too. I generally prefer to read Fiction, but this book was an excellent story and I never got bored, even in some technical parts. Isaacson really makes technology accessible to the reader as Jobs would have wanted him to.
I was in awe of Steve Jobs throughout the book, even though he was thoughtless and arrogant. I was very touched near the end of the book as Jobs knows he will not live long, but hopes that he built a quality company that will continue his legacy.
I think listening to the book might be better than reading it, because one pays more attention to detail and each detail is important to explain why Jobs did what he did and how technology evolved.
I would read this book again; it was fascinating and inspirational. He really set the bar high for his engineers to reach the unreachable...but they always did!
Steve was difficult and weird but I loved his vision and philosophy. "Make it something WE want!" He always demanded a lot, often at the expense of others, but he sure got people to rise to the challenge and they always came through (or they were through). I really loved his vision for simplicity...he had great taste...all Apple products have always had tremendous aesthetic appeal. He really inspires me to strive and not settle for less than perfection.
The delivery was excellent. I'm in awe of someone that can read such a lengthy book, yet always sounding as fresh as the first page! I almost felt like he was Jobs...but I've never heard Jobs speak.
The Difficult Visionary
I was never an Apple or Jobs fan but I have a new respect for both. His vision changed the world, there's no doubt about that. And while I also enjoy Android, I realize now that even Android most probably would not have been born had it not been for Jobs' vision. He spurred the competition to new heights. Who would have ever thought a cell phone could do so much...not to mention music players and tablets! Thank you Steve...you have greatly enhanced our lives!!!
Walter Isaacson's attention to detail reminds me of Job's himself. The author was so detailed that in many ways I could see in my mind exactly what he was describing. Later, after listening to the book, I see references described by Isaacson on TV and Web, and I now have a better, thorough understanding of those events.
To be honest, this was my first audiobook listen, and my first biography.
Dylan Baker's performance of Steve Jobs was pretty spot on. It felt as though I was really listening to Jobs himself. Overall, Baker was clear, and pleasant to listen to.
The part from the first page, to the final page.
The only area of the book that fell off for me were the areas surrounding Steve Jobs' romantic relationships. While I understand that with this being a biography those areas are needed, I felt like they didn't fit. That said, they were just as well written and performed as the rest of the book.
Insights into the mind of a great man, and the insights of others about him.
Stories about the early days and seeing how those habits and views evolved into what we experienced in real life.
There are a few touching moments...make you realize that Jobs was as damaged as the rest of us, possibly more than average, and how it shaped him. Plenty of laughs...both "with" and "at" him.
Time has become something of a rare commodity these days, which makes picking up and spending time with a larger book somewhat of a task. This was a book that I really wanted to read but at more than 600 pages I found it hard squeeze in the time to start and finish reading it. The moment I saw this title on audio I had to have it. Having the book on audio allowed me to do other task and still enjoy all the wonders that unfolded in the pages. If you are hungry for more time in your day and want to take in a great book. I would recommend picking up this audio book.
The idea of Steve Jobs being a marketing and innovation genius cannot be denied. The book spelled this out in complete detail. However, I can say that Steve Jobs life outside of the Apple Inc. realm is not much different than most successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. By that I mean people who are determined to succeed usually sacrifice the normal way of life. They abandon the ones that they claim to care about. They talk to others any way they want and feel that it's their duty to make their point. And as in the case with Steve Jobs they take credit for things that others have done. The only difference (in my personal opinion) from this autobiography and others is the fact that I actually am part of the era in which the stories unfold. This makes the book resonant with me a lot more.
Overall the book took on the life and legacy of Steve Jobs. However there was a moment during the middle portions of the book that I simply wanted to push the fast forward button. Some of the content in the middle pages seemed to drag on and was repetitive in nature. The book began to climax as it neared the end of Steve Jobs tenure at Apple.
To take a look inside his life and to be able to see all that was going on behind the scenes was very intriguing.
Dylan Baker did a wonderful job. He did a great job of avoiding the "monotone syndrome." His voice is very energetic and lively. This is a pleasure and is a must for any audio book.
If this is one of the books on your list, I would recommend that you go for it. The audible version is a smart choice for our busy lives.
The audio version kept me riveted from the beginning right up to--but excluding--the redundant and ham-handed next-to-last "summary" chapter.
The only thing I would have liked better about the print version is that I could have confirmed more quickly that that chapter was a complete waste of time.
Steve Jobs' for his combination of huge flaws and amazing creativity and accomplishment.
Baker's performance draws no attention to itself, and makes the story compelling and clear.
The book made me realize how much Jobs had to do with creating so much of the world I love in--and enjoy.
It's up there! An impressively written like story of a surprisingly impressive man. Isaacson confirmed his expertise on biographies with this one. Whether you love or hate Jobs, this is a must read.
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