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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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    David 02-22-12
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    I can't say I love anything about Steve Jobs but my respect for what he was able to achieve and my respect for him as a person with a personality that was totally his own, no B.S.


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

    He kept me into it all along.


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

    Reality Distortion Field.


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    Bhagavath 02-22-12
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    "Its about Jobs everything had to be awesome"
    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bozo or Awesome


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book had the trifecta - The subject, The Author and The Narrator - All were great and awesome.

    The book took me thru the journey of liking, disliking, liking and disliking and liking ... .Jobs through out the chapters. Jobs life as described seem to be a lesson of what not to do and what to do. It was entertaining like a movie, educating and informative with facts and trivia. Many a times I would just start laughing. I actually miss not listening to it.

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    James CONWAY, SC, United States 02-22-12
    James CONWAY, SC, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well written biography"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    an American original


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Wozniak, because he presents such a contrast to Jobs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Assembling the Apple I.


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

    Final bout with cancer.


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    James Trophy Club, TX, United States 02-22-12
    James Trophy Club, TX, United States 02-22-12
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    "too long and quirky"

    The book is way too long. For instance, who cares what Jobs had on his IPOD-the whole list! The book was broken into about 150 chapters without any titles. Would that have been so difficult? Also the 150 chapters don't correspond with those mentioned by the narrator. Also this format could be significantly enhanced with little cost. Instead of a static screen, why not some video? Or how about an audio of the actual Stanford commencement speech if it was so good. The audible books concept and its implementation, while useful still seems a bit quirky and rough. That said, I enjoyed it and find the service useful but expensive for just reading a book out loud.

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    Studduck Fayetteville, GA, United States 02-22-12
    Studduck Fayetteville, GA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great, great book"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Genius


    Any additional comments?

    And a better story. Every manager should read. Love Steve Jobs pursuit of perfection. This book convinced me to switch to Mac computers and I love them. So sad we lost Steve so early.

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    Patrick United States 02-21-12
    Patrick United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!

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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. More insight of this brilliant yet strange man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight on his personality and his ablity to create products ahead of his time. Mainly the way he lived his life. Even if it wasn't for the money he lived his life the way he wanted.


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

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator voice was excellent to listen to. I have heard other narrators and after a while their voice becomes annoying.

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    Mike Dallas, OR 02-21-12
    Mike Dallas, OR 02-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I' ve admired Jobs accomplishments"

    In this book, I learned what Steve Jobs was really like. My impression was that he grew up in the 60's, and was affected by the culture that was being created then...but he was an exceptional person, who had the drive to create products that made Apple the most valuable company in the world.

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    William Baton Rouge, LA, United States 02-21-12
    William Baton Rouge, LA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring, informative; grips like a soap opera!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Entrepreneur extraordinaire. Genius. Driven. And imperfect.


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

    In the early days, Apple was in the process of inventing the mouse. Xerox had developed a device that could move up & down and left & right. Jobs insisted that it had to be able to move in any direction. Jobs learned that one of his engineers believed it would be impossible to mass produce such a device. He fired the guy the next day. If you didn't believe what you had been asked to do was possible, he didn't need you on the payroll. And he wasn't going to waste his time or yours, just letting you hang around.


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

    It was certainly moving. The descriptions of Jobs' relationships with his children -- especially his son, Reed -- were most moving for me, both in positive and negative directions.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was exceptionally well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanisha Meriden, CT, United States 02-20-12
    Tanisha Meriden, CT, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2014

    a lover of books and finer things

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    "Hate him or Love him, he was a force."
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. The narration was wonderful and the story was so compelling that you wanted to hear the end of it. I love biographies and this was the only one I've heard so far that I would consider listening to again.


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

    Christopher Lawford's Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption. I would compare the too because of the brutal honesty and the storytelling. You can have a good story but if you haven't found a way to convey that story in words then it is worthless.


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

    Sometimes words on the page just don't keep you going and it might take months for you to read a good book. Some narrators just don't know what tone to use when reading for an audience and you know it right away. Dylan Baker had me hooked and kept me intrigued and entertained all the way to the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    Evan Naugatuck, CT, United States 02-20-12
    Evan Naugatuck, CT, United States 02-20-12
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    "Hi, I was a PC and I am Mac now."

    This book is just simply amazing. I read a book by Jay Elliot about Steve Job's leadership and his ups and down. That was a good book but this book completes Steve Jobs. Must read even if you are not a Mac fan.

    I used to argue with my co-workers about PC vs Mac wars 4-5 years ago. Now that I have an iPhone, iPod, iPad, I can't believe I lived 31 years of my life without these devices. Maybe cause there weren't invented back then but I can't imagine the future without these.

    Now, I'm an Apple fan boy. Now that I know how hard Steve had to work to give us what we want and need, It's that much sweeter to own an Apple product.

    Listen to the audio book. It's long but worth it.

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