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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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    Judith 02-08-12
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    "Very Interesting!"
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    Extremely interesting to see into the mind of someone who lived as controversial as he was. Including other people's reactions to him made it more interesting. It held my attention because I wanted to see what he concluded in his later days.

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    Jonathan Tallahassee, Florida, United States 02-08-12
    Jonathan Tallahassee, Florida, United States 02-08-12

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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    That it just takes the time away and what Steve and his firends did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs because he was very funny when he was young.


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

    When he said he was adopted, I never knew that.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that Steve Jobs is a very good book to read and listen

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    karin San Francisco, CA, United States 02-07-12
    karin San Francisco, CA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant book..!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I did not love the narrator, but in 2 seconds i was so absorbed into Steve Job's life , i simply could not put it down, being audio it made it easy to do tasks and be absorbed in this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me so interested in this amazing life behind these amazing products..! Thanks to this book i now have a new found respect for Apple products which i use.


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

    At the end when Steve Jobs was dying was very touching how hard he fought to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that i know the back story of Apple, just beyond fascinating, i knew it was a loss when he died, but after reading this, i know its more than a loss.

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    Andrew 02-07-12
    Andrew 02-07-12
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    "Excellent "read"!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I think autobiographies are usually only a one-time read, but possibly if I end up needing to do some research in the future I might.


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

    The book covers so much of Steve Jobs life that you would never have known, so it's hard to pinpoint one thing. But I suppose his superior work ethic should be recognized.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he spoke about flying to Kyoto for sushi with his son.


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

    Sure... but that would have been impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Two thumbs up!

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    keith Reno, NV 02-06-12
    keith Reno, NV 02-06-12
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    "Interesting man that changed the world."

    Loved the book: contained the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Everyone can relate to the man and the changes he inspired.

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    sara Fayetteville, NC, United States 02-06-12
    sara Fayetteville, NC, United States 02-06-12
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    "Business story."
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right in the middle.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Walter Isaacson? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would. I like the author. The story is written in a very clear manner, especially when intricate situations are explained.


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

    He gives the book life with his tone and his cadence. I really enjoyed his voice.


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

    No, nothing moved me in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have a better idea of the personality of Jobes and the way his business story developed.

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    K. Champagne Holyoke, MA USA 02-03-12
    K. Champagne Holyoke, MA USA 02-03-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Wish it had a different reader."
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, read poorly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read every quotation and bit of dialogue with a contemptuous, whiny, or bratty tone. It made it really hard to understand. It sounded like he hadn't read the book before sitting down to read it aloud to us. He has a good voice and reads clearly, but it's clear from his inflections and emphases that he does not comprehend what he is reading. My husband had no problem with his reading, but it really interfered with my understanding of the story. I would think that, given the fact that this book was sure to sell many copies, they would have invested in a better reader.


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    A. A. BACHMAN Cincinnati, Ohio 02-01-12
    A. A. BACHMAN Cincinnati, Ohio 02-01-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Fascinating account of a once in a lifetime leader"

    I read and listen to a lot of business books, and intended for this to be more of a light, entertaining read. Although it was certainly entertaining, it also offers some amazing insights into what it takes to create the most valuable company in the world. I am not a big Steve Jobs or Apple fan, and am no more or less a fan after reading this, but it was a very fascinating, well written, and well read account. I think the author did a great job of capturing who Jobs was, blemishes and all.

    I was thoroughly entertained, and highly recommend this audio book.

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    NM4M 02-01-12
    NM4M 02-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, and well done"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top 5, just behind iWoz.


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

    Effort he put into his kids before he died.


    Which character ??? as performed by Dylan Baker ??? was your favorite?

    No opinion


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was nice to hear the other sides of the stories that have been out there for years.

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    G. Forde New Jersey 02-01-12
    G. Forde New Jersey 02-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Bio, Better Than Expected"

    I knew a bit about Jobs and Apple from being a fan of the products and all the news around the time of his death. The book is a really great read. Jobs has a really fascinating life story. From adoption to a legacy that will live for decades and beyond. Hats off to Isaacson, I'll be sure to check out more of his books.

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