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
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.
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.
The content of the story.
Steve Jobs is an interesting and stubborn individual, but he is consistent.
No. Its very long. But was a great car ride book. Had me hooked.
Great book for those interested in technology, entrepreneurship, business, or who like inventors.
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?
Absolutely. I believe the writing was excellent and the research was well done.
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.
Avid Listener of audio books!
Yes! There are many life learning experiences that can be gleaned from the information.
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.
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.
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.
I learned so much about Apple and the entire history of the Silicon Valley Tech world
I loved the conversation that Steve had with Larry Ellison about being in business for passion and purpose as opposed to just money.
Awesome Listen !
Brilliant, concise, and balanced
Having read the Woz bio and now the Jobs bio I can see the two different sides of the coin, and how the dark days of Apple came about, a long with the revival. The best part of the book is that the author neither focused on the negative or the positive, delivered a balanced portrayal of Steve Jobs, on Steve's scale, this book would rate brilliant.
Growing up in the Bay Area, and following the Apple story over the years, it was great to learn more about who Steve Jobs was and how he influenced Apple. Of course I am writing my review on a MacBook Pro and proud of it.
The story came to life with the performance by Dylan Baker. In the story, as Steve Jobs speaks, you can imagine him saying those exact words as they were written.
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