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
I did not know a lot about Steve Jobs going into this Biography. Now I know something about him and find him to be a rather despicable human being with few redeeming qualities. The most apt comparator for him would be Bobby Fisher, a chess genius, with out doubt the greatest chess player of all time, but with no other redeeming qualities. Jobs was without doubt a creative and aggressive businessman, but like Fisher is without any other redeeming qualities. To say who he knew, had dinner with and socialized with reflects well on him, as the author repeatedly does, is ridiculous. Oh, and one more thing the book is endlessly repetitious and boring.
Yes, interesting story and interesting to hear the different opinions of those who worked with Jobs.
Jobs' early life stories.
Enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Steve Jobs and Apple. Not sure I would have liked to work for him but he sure was a very interesting, innovative individual. The world sure would be different without him.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.
Dylan Baker was fabulous. He consistently captured the flavor of Isaacson's words and his meaning with his inflection and reading style.
This really gives an intimate look into Jobs and Apple. Author comes off really authentic! Really enjoyed it!
Maybe. If they owned an Apple product , or were thinking of purchasing one.
Given that it is an unabridged reading, I'm not certain the narrator could have any more than he did.
Yes. Watch more carefully how I voice my opinions, and keep in mind other people have feelings also.
The book is , I think, overly long. I have never owned , or , really, cared to own , an Apple product. I don't quite understand the hoopla surrounding Jobs, or Apples products. Still don't. I thought listening to this book, might inspire me to purchase an Apple product. If anything, it ensures I won't.
I'm the type that likes to work on things, learn how they are put together, and why. I like customizing things, adding to , and updating them. Or, if they are not suitable for me, getting rid of them.
The high cost of Apple products, and the contempt Jobs had for his customers, argues against purchasing them.
While I like Jobs passion for making his products intuitive, i.e. easy to use , I don't like much else.
The method Jobs used to motivate people, while it worked for him, sucks,to use his own words.
As for him saving the music business, I find that unbelievable.
Oh,one more thing. I own Kodak cameras. They take movies,in the MOV format. Try burning them onto a disc, and getting a DVD player to play them.
This is the very best I've had. i purchased the full version, 25 hours. I can't put it down.
We're about to enter a brand new era. I'm so excited I can hardly sleep. Having a 25 hour history lesson on the most successful corporation on our planet is probably the smartest thing I could possibly do.i'm a couple years older than Steve Jobs was but I still remember a lot of the stories.Jobs is a hero to me as are Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell.I was involved in the software industry since the 1970's. Knowing paradigms are being broken and new discoveries are in front of me is absolutely thrilling.
his voice and inflection is great.
The Visionary Antagonist or Visionary Messiah.
PLEASE send me to Wozniak. I'm disabled and want somebody provide assistance inventing wireless products to monitor my wheelchair battery, charging status, etc. There are so many things to be invented for disabled and I need help getting this stuff going.i wear a Bionic leg implant and the manufacturer has used $56 Million of investor funds without a single production item. The technology to bring that device to the marketplace is here... I WEAR IT. and during the clinical trial I left my wheelchair and walked 10m in 15 seconds.
Will some one please refer me?
This is a great book. Isaacson researched well, writes well, and explains everything. It was hard to stop listening and I was disappointed when it ended.
The narration isn't very good. No attention is paid to tone and the quantity and quality of mispronunciations is embarrassing. At this level, it's more the fault of the producer and editor, but it still makes for a distracting experience.
I really enjoyed this book! I did not read it all at once due to the length of it. Although Steve Jobs had his quirks, he was brilliant!
He did change the world in his own way in his short lifetime!
Not by this reader.
This reader sounds like he's reading The Ugly Duckling to a circle of four-year-olds. If you like being treated like a child at story time this is for you. I'm 45 minutes into the book and I can't stand any more of it. If Audible will find another narrator (Please!) I will be happy to try it again.
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