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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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    Paul United States 12-12-11
    Paul United States 12-12-11
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    "Dylan a little dry"

    When I started chapter 1 I was surprised by how little inflection Dylan had... but as the book progressed either I got used to his lack of inflection or he gets better.

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    John 12-12-11
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    "Sterile story. Worst Audible Reader. Buy the book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read Isaacon's biography of Benjamin Franklin in print and found it sterile and too exhaustive. The soul of the man was buried in too many meaningless details for the reader to endure. He has done the same overwrought thing to Jobs. Combine that with this really awful reader and it's mess. I suggest reading the hard copy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting - Jobs didn't wear shoes or bathe a lot.
    Least interesting - just about everything else. What a disappointment.


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

    I will run screaming for the door the next time I hear the guy's voice. Maybe it was bad microphones, maybe he's going through puberty. The tonal quality of his voice is indescribably awful. He sounds like a 7th grader having a bad day. Did he get paid for this?


    Could you see Steve Jobs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Most people know the products but not the guy. He was very successful but a bit creepy and was only personally a cult figure within a small circle. The Facebook\Oprah\WWF culture that buys movie tickets won't be interested.
    Keanu Reeves could play the part.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to over a hundred books in the last few years and it's an accomplishment to be the worst. This is tied for worst with Zbiegnew Brzezinski reading his own book Second Chance.

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    Peter Gales New York, NY USA 12-11-11
    Peter Gales New York, NY USA 12-11-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbiased view of a brilliant but flawed man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Can't say. I listen to audio because I can


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

    Steve Jobs himself was very compelling. It's amazing how manipulative and destructive he was to people around him. The guy lacked the empathy gene and was focussed entirely on getting what he wanted. Lucky for us, what he wanted was to build great products.


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

    The ending where Jobs gets to say his piece.


    Any additional comments?

    I was quite disappointed that the book did not include his actual passing. Given how close he was to going at the end, it's a pity that they didn't hold off to include one final chapter. An updated edition is warranted to include his last days, the impact on his family, friends and the world.Great book and very well researched and written.

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    Ben SNOHOMISH, WA, United States 12-11-11
    Ben SNOHOMISH, WA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to every person I have talked too. It is a narrative on the PC industry through the eyes of a troubled but passionate man about design, art, and technology and its influence on the human experience.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer jumps around in the timeline quite a bit but I don't know if I would have done any differently given the task of telling this story. Amazing book.

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    Christiane United States 12-11-11
    Christiane United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Walter Isaacson- Steve Jobbs"

    GREAT BOOK, subject, writer and narrator all did a great job.
    I liked it so much I bought book for my husband whom unlike me prefers reading to listening. I am a huge fan of ALL Apple products reading about man behind these inventions and the making of a lots of the ones I own presently was a terrific experience. I hated he had to die in such pain, but unfortunately that is what cancer does.
    Christiane Carvan

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    james 12-10-11
    james 12-10-11
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    "Hey...the reader is fine."
    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated to buy this book because of some reviews that criticized the reader. I finally broke down and bought the book anyway and was happy to find the reader to be just fine. I found him to be easy to listen to...and was not irritating at all.

    The book's content and story line was great. I've read Isaacson's bio of Franklin...and am likely now to order the audio version of his bio of Einstein.

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    Neil Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-10-11
    Neil Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Long, but Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The CEO of Corning. Because he told Jobs to shut up and learn something about glass, and Jobs did.


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviews mentioned how bad Dylan Baker was as a reader, which is ridiculous. He was excellent.

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    Roshan 12-10-11
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    "an honest portrayal of a human being.."

    ..a very motivated, and strong willed human being who developed a passion for making beautiful technical products, that is. Steve is hailed and villified alternately in the media. This book gives an honest, down to earth view of who he was, his incredible talents, and what he contributed to the world, as well as his flaws.

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    Ira United States 12-10-11
    Ira United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Read this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Isaacson has done it again with another incredibly perceptive and comprehenisve biography, this time of a hugely complex individual. I hated Jobs in the first half and admired him greatly in the second. I don't really think that anyone will remember Jobs in 25 years -- good accomplishments for those of us who like to listen to music or books while we are on the treadmill but hardly of the transformational level of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, or Louis Pasteur. But people will be reading this book because of the way in which Isaacson has developed a personal portrait with all its complexities. I cannot wait for Isaacson's next book. I am more than happy to wait for, and skip, the next biography or article about Steve Jobs.


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    Graham Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-10-11
    Graham Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-10-11
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    "What a wonderful story"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    Steve Jobs could be the most influential person of all time.
    You just need to sit at an airport and watch all the apple products in use.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty of his faults


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story

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