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
Amazing book, never got bored. An incredible man who put a major mark on all of our lives if you know it or not. Although flawed, Steve Jobs always seem to somehow make his flaws a positive. Incredible life journey. Very honest book, didn't feel the author filtered anything negative about Steve. All accounts of his life good and bad were written about. Maybe my favorite bio I've listened to so far. Narration by Dylan Baker spot on.
Genius, Simple, Complex
Steve because he is the reason we are as advanced as we are today.
When Steve tells Bill Clinton he didn't know if he did it but if he did he better fess up to America.
Loved this book!
Yes, the reader was fabulous! Much better to listen than to read, although I did both
the fact that he brought great design and functionality to computing
when SJ told Larry Ellison that he didn't need any more money
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Nothing in particular. He did a good solid job
I think the points of the book with the most impact were when he got ousted from Apple and in the end when he became more pensive and introspective about his life, choices and perhaps mistakes. It was touching.
Walter Isaacson did a brilliant job of portraying Steve Jobs exactly how he was. It is hard not to get sucked into Jobs' genius and I really think Isaacson was able to retain his nuetrality and tell the "true" story of Jobs. Outstanding!!!
Editing on a Mac...
Yes, not only did it take me back to special moments in my life (being an Apple consumer since the Apple IIc hit the market), but it is a very inspiring book.
First one, he is very good and knows when to pause and emphasize.
Very interesting and insightful look at Steve Job's life...definitely worth the time to hear every word.
Best book I have ever listened to, period ! Sad when it was over.
Jobs' life is a fascinating story, particularly if you're curious about technology. But there's a great deal more than high tech, and Isaacson covers it all efficiently, although other sources hint that he presents a slightly more generous view of Jobs than others might have. His access to Jobs' family is intimate, but time may tell whether it colored an admiring portrait.
The reader has three problems.He occasionally mispronounces common words and some names, so you stop listening for a second to mentally correct what you've heard. He also seems to think he has to make the copy interesting, so it's often as if you're listening to something written with sudden ALL CAPS. Third, he's rarely able to quote someone talking without making them sound as if he or she is whinning. I found I was creating an opinion of a person from how he sounded, not from what he said. When I went back and repeated the quote to myself, I found its effect could be very different. No doubt Jobs and Eisner and Ellison, et. al., could complain, but surely they could be simply declarative more often.
He does not, fortunately, get so between you and the book as to prevent both following it and enjoying the content. Given the impact of Jobs on our culture and the details of his story, this is a biography well worth reading.
I was fascinated by his story. Honestly, I thought I knew at least the basics about Steve Jobs. Wow, I was wrong and way, way off! His public persona and the way he was in business were totally different. Steve was actually quite a jerk, and that's putting it nicely.
Steve Jobs, the man and the myth!
This book so kept my attention that I would actually go back and re-listen to chapters in order to make sure I heard everything correctly. I was never bored at any point while listening to this book. Good narration.
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