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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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 Princeton junction, NJ, United States 06-18-12
    David Princeton junction, NJ, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Historical Biography in Real Time"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    It provided unparalleled insights into the successes and failures of Apple Computer, its founders, and its products, all of which changed the fields of technology, music, movies, and publishing. The book, from my perspective, is not attempt to project Steve Jobs as the greatest business manager in history but to tell his personal story...some of which went well, other parts were a miserable mess.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was most intrigued by the way that individual personalities shaped company strategies and character, which then had an impact on their place in the market place. There wasn't just one winning strategy as the opposing pathes of Microsoft and Apple illustrate. Apple, however, wasn't really a huge success until it stumbled upon the value of music being available across its various fully integrated platforms. The personal insights into the life of Steve Jobs and his relationship with Bill Gates gave these business empires a more textured perspective.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He told the story as if we were talking to one another, not as though he was reading a book.


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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 06-18-12
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 06-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story of the industry and of Steve Jobs"

    Besides learning the details of the life of this fascinating man, there are so many great stories of the industry he helped to create. Yes, the book is long and a few parts may drag a bit but overall I found the stories to be fascinating and well told. The stories of his adoptive parents and then his eventually meeting his biological mother were so emotional. And then the tech stories such as the process of developing the first iPOD and struggling because the technology wasn't able to do these things at that time. And Jobs did not censure the book - it has the good and the bad.

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    M. Southakakoumar Washington, DC 06-16-12
    M. Southakakoumar Washington, DC 06-16-12
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    "Great Book Ruined By Uninformed Performance"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For content yes, for performance no. The narrator shows his naïveté and his ignorance of the subject matter by mispronouncing the jargon of the subject matter, saying OS "X" when any Mac enthusiast knows its pronounced OS Ten regardless of how it is spelled. It happens multiple times throughout the book across several technology terms including "iOS" which I cant even begin to explain how Dylan Baker butchers.

    This in turn, pulls the listener out of the narrative and insults those who live/work/play/benefit from the technology sector. Its like hiring a layman to narrate a medical book and spelling out A-I-D-S versus pronouncing "AIDS."

    Furthermore, it sounds like Dylan Baker is not enthusiastic about the subject matter and in his performance it shows. The narration is slow, the cadence off-putting and the delivery destroys what is otherwise an interesting book. Halfway through the audio book, I had to throw in the towel and buy the actual printed book to salvage the experience.

    Listeners would have been better served if the average mac enthusiast or a celebrity mac enthusiast (maybe Richard Dreyfuss?) had read this instead.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs (obviously)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    Never.


    Do you think Steve Jobs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There's nothing left to tell unless you're covering other aspects of the man, mythos, or the company.


    Any additional comments?

    Please have your narrators be versed in the jargon of whatever technology / subject of the book they are narrating. Incorrect or otherwise uninformed pronounciations of key words breaks the spell of the narrative.

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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 06-14-12
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    All I can say is if you have not listened to or read this book yet, then you are missing out. Fantastic in all aspects. Walter Isaacson did a fantastic job putting this together not letting anything fall by the wayside. Dylan Baker is fantastic narrating.

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    Carolyn 06-13-12
    Carolyn 06-13-12
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    "Informative and enlightening good listen"

    This story, well written, well researched and creatively organized (not sequential) stays with me long after having listened. Clearly not meant to be a flattering send up of an icon since it exposes many human flaws, the book is nevertheless touching and exceptionally memorable. Jobs was a remarkable man without a doubt.

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    Roopinder WINNETKA, US, Canada 06-12-12
    Roopinder WINNETKA, US, Canada 06-12-12

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    "Hard to do a better Job!! (pun intended!)"

    Great job by Isaacson in gathering all the information from Steve and his acquaintances! Walter's very lucky that Steve asked him to write an Auto-Bio. It will be hard to match this by anyone especially SJ's not longer with us...

    Additionally...BEAUTIFULLY narrated by Dylan Baker. Really did a phenomenal job in capturing the emotions of the subject....very hard to do....Subject to Author sometimes is easy, but Subject to Author to Narrator..?! EXCELLENT WORK! HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING!

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    Diego Herrera Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-11-12
    Diego Herrera Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book! Best biography ever."
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes, he is a man that is worth studying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs, because of his entire personality and the ways in which he is described. He sounds hard to describe. The writer did a great job.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    The voice was completly clear, and understandable.


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

    The ENTIRE book keept me moved... specially the end... I was in tears!


    Any additional comments?

    Great bio! Great Book. Great writer!

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    Tater Tot 06-11-12
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    "The journey from apple orchard to wall street"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    His obsession to quality and detail. He had the ability to vision the finish product in his mind. The ability to recognize talent and draw the best from that individual.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details about the individual and the company he fostered. It described his personal life as well as the corporate life and how he balanced them into his objective.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    With emotion as if you were in Steve Jobs back pocket all the time.


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

    Yes but to much to absorb in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book highly recommend for young people starting in the work force.

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    Misty Price Dallas, TX 06-10-12
    Misty Price Dallas, TX 06-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Well Done! Excellent Book!"

    I have listened to many audiobooks. The audio experience is excellent and the story is fantastic! I learned a great deal, not only about Steve Jobs, but about the entire Tech Industry. I now understand things about the entire organizational philosophy of many of the giants in place today, Microsoft, Apple and Google. Steve Jobs had his quirks, but he was an amazing leader and there is much you can take from this book! A MUST read!

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    Michael 06-08-12
    Michael 06-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Inspiring & Educational


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was really interesting to learn about the history of the computer industry through the life Steve Jobs. I didn't entirely understand the impact that he had on the computer industry until I read this book.


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

    I always appreciate the performers in an audio book. They bring an entertaining tone to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend this book. As an apple customer and a quality design and management enthusiast, I admire the work of Steve Jobs.

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