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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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    john United States 12-09-11
    john United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2010

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    Would you try another book from Walter Isaacson and/or Dylan Baker?

    I am a big fan of Isaacson and although this is a good book it does not compare to Isaacson’s other biographies. The book was not Isaacson’s idea. Jobs approached Isaacson about writing this book. I personally believe that it is too early to determine if Jobs deserves a place among other men about which Isaacson has written. Thus, I will conclude on the book as a whole with two thoughts; if you are looking for a good holiday listen, which will give you a lot of information about Jobs and Apple then this is a good pick. Yet, if you are in the mood for a wonderful biography I would recommend Isaacson’s other books first.


    Any additional comments?

    Steve Jobs is a very interesting character who truly changed the world as we knew it. As Isaacson makes it very clear throughout the book, Jobs brought together liberal arts and technology. He showed the world that there is universal beauty for which people are willing to pay a premium. There is no doubt that he is brilliant. But many of his personality’s traits are likely to raise great discussion questions. For example, do you think the way he managed people is ok? Does age bring maturity for Jobs? So, in addition to a good holiday read I would also recommend this book to book clubs of all types.

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    Charles Matteson, IL, United States 12-09-11
    Charles Matteson, IL, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself! I am a 64 year old black male. I was an IT professional before I retired several years ago. I prefer espionage book or just plain old mysteries.. I am now a truck driver and has lots of time to listen to books.

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    "Number one in its class."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narrator let you get to know each person as an individual.


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

    Fredrick Douglas was almost as good. He also contributed a great deal for the American people.


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

    No, but I will look for him in the feature.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did both. But most of all I got to know an outstanding man in Steve Jobs.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read book. It started out a little slow, but, I am glad I didn't put it down. People know Steve as a co-founder of Apple. But after reading this book. He was so much more. This guy was driven to be the best, He succeded. He cannot be replaced.

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    Jay Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-09-11
    Jay Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Everything You Wanted or Didn't Want to Know"

    Yes, I own lots of Apple devices but that's not why I really liked this book. I liked it because Steve Jobs life was pretty amazing. Yes, he's truly a jerk and you'll hear all about that but he was also intuitively brilliant and single-minded about creating insanely great products. Issacson looks at his life and career from all sides and tells everything he learned from Jobs' friend, family and foes. I've seen criticisms of the reader but I thought he did a good job aside from a few mispronunciations (he's obviously not a tech geek). This is definitely worth listening to even if you don't like Apple or Jobs.

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    sue United States 12-07-11
    sue United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I have 20 minutes left and I don't want it to end!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    brilliant, mean, sad


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    emote


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a techie, but I am a marketer. I learned SO much from this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Mount Vernon, NY, United States 12-07-11
    Diane Mount Vernon, NY, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    OMG. I walked into an Apple store the other day and saw it in a completely different way. Mind you, it is true, I love my iPOD, my MacBook and now my iPhone.

    I never met Steve Jobs, but I did feel sad when he died. This book made me realize why. He had a grasp on design. He was also the kind of person that brought out the best in people. He was probably hard to live with.

    Read it, you will enjoy it as well as appreciate all the thought and many hours that went into your "tools."

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    Michaeljennedy phila, PA, United States 12-07-11
    Michaeljennedy phila, PA, United States 12-07-11
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    "I love the book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?


    the book steve jobs is best book


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

    ipod


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

    na


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

    the lfie of apple


    Any additional comments?

    love it

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    Amazon Customer Atkinson, NH, United States 12-07-11
    Amazon Customer Atkinson, NH, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2010

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    "I now know Steve Jobs"

    I really enjoyed listening about the life of Steve Jobs, I learned many things about the in's and out's of the beginnings of Apple and what a genius Steve Jobs was.I highly recommend this book.

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    Ari BROOKLYN, NY, United States 12-06-11
    Ari BROOKLYN, NY, United States 12-06-11
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    Coming from noting to is power is a example for all


    What did you like best about this story?

    How he was with people


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Nice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes whare he came from


    Any additional comments?

    Non

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    Leslie Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-05-11
    Leslie Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Oh this reader!"

    Love the story, but frequently have to grit my teeth to tolerate Mr. Baker's annoying overemphasis of practically every other word.

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    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-04-11
    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The unabridged version is not long enough."

    Abridged or unabridged was my question to the audible chat guy. He said he usually just gets the unabridged version of the book. This was great advice for this book. I didn't want it to end.

    I am old enough to remember most of the things that went on in computer development since before the Apple computer. Much brought back memories and helped me relate to Steve Jobs.

    Jobs makes the easy things seem difficult like disagreeing without being mean and nasty. He makes the hard things seem easy. He made billions from Pixar with seemingly little effort. Of course, this is partially because of what the author emphasized.

    There is talk of making this book required reading for business schools. It is much too fun to be allowed in a business school.

    Some reviews did not like the reader. I saw no problems at all with the reader. He was excellent.

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