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
Wow, it was really amazing seeing so many similarities between myself and Jobs. I've always been an Apple fan, but now after learning so much about the companies history and it's founders, I feel as if I'm part of an Apple family now.
I haven't listened to any other books yet, but I want to listen to iWoz by Steve Wozniak next.
Dylan was amazing! He is entirely responsible for myself falling in love with audio books. His expressions are genius and strangely enough, the way he reads explicit words is downright perfect and hilarious! You really feel like you're in the board room with Steve Jobs when he's cursing at someone. It's great.
No, I didn't think that would be possible due to it's length. It took me about a week and a half to finish it listening to it during my lawn care job during the working week.
It went too fast!! I wish I was only half way finished. I ate this book up- every second of it. I can't wait to read (listen to) another.
This book is hard to put down, well more accurately pause. Isaacsons writing and intent study of Steve Jobs as well as Dylan Bakers performance really helped bring both the good and bad versions of Steve Jobs to life.
I loved this book. I liked that they gave his history from when he was a boy to the present. I wish I could find more books like this one to listen to. After you listen to this book I recommend that you listen to iWoz. It is about Steve Wozniak who was Steve Jobs friend and built the first apple computer. He is really the brains behind the computers. Steve Jobs was the detail person. Steve had the talent for the sleek designs on the products. He also pushed for them to be implemented even if they were costly. I like a person like that. Consumers want a quality product that stands out above all the rest.
So please go listen to iWoz after this book on Steve Jobs to get the whole picture of these men's lives. It's on audible also.
Perhaps it is a bit of irony that I listen to this through an iPhone. I have never been an Apple fan boy, so this book just didn't have an appeal for me. I "like" an iPhone, but that is about the extent of my Apple exposure. Well, he passed away and made quite a media blitz. I put thoughts of this book in the back of my head. Read a review and thought, I should listen to it, bought it, but didn't. Then, nothing sounded like "my next book"...so I started this one...WOW! I was pulled into the story of Steve Jobs life in the first few minutes!! The man was crass, course, a manipulator, and I probably wouldn't like him, but I sure like his story and I respect him for what he accomplished. Am I reviewing Steve Jobs the person? No, I guess not, but this book has sucked me in and spit me out wanting more...much more! Truly fascinating. This book reveals a true juxtaposition of nature, nurture and perhaps fluke opportunity...he was the perfect person to do what he did at the perfect time in history. The author did a tremendous job of conveying the story and peripheral details. This is truly a must read.
The author had nicely captured character of Jobs in a fascinating way. Each events described in this book is well written.
My cousin turned me on to the Mac 25 years ago and my life course would not be the same without that encounter to "Think Different." I recently recommended he listen to this audio and he was thrilled to walk down memory lane that started with his purchase of the original Apple II computer. His comments of "simply awesome" underscore why I would recommend this to any Mac addict or really anyone who wants behind the scenes insight into how a man's vision can change the minds of many to truly think and behave differently.
I'm struck by the simple message he delivered to the 2005 Stanford graduating class with a memorable message to "stay hungry, stay foolish!" This came at a time when he was facing the closing curtain on his life. Steve Jobs was a simply-complex character that knew how to peer deep within to locate the inspiration and drive to change a culture and the world. A jazz artist friend (Jon Weber) released an album called Simple-Complex that had a haunting song entitled No More Words http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/simple-complex/id7201149, Listening to the words penned by Walter Isaacson has now left me with just echo's and fond memories of a man who changed how I think, work and play; there's no more words, for they've been written beautifully by this author to capture the complexity of a character that will never die to those of us touched by his innovation. Time magazine has just placed him as one of the 20 most influential Americans of all time; what more can one say?
Dylan articulates the feel and accents the subtle nuances that brings this story off the page and into a movie-like experience that I actually lived through my Apple purchases over the last 25 years.
The power of this biography is not just in fleshing out the character of a man, but more importantly, it weaves the complex interaction between one man and his culture that revolutionized the world of technology and the way most of us live in the digital era. It's a fascinating lesson for any curious mind that wishes to make an impact beyond the simple; for without understanding the complex like Jobs did, creating simple devices and solutions could never have been achieved. Thank you Steve Jobs and thanks Walter Isaacson for telling this never-ending story of the character of innovation.
A fascinating subject. Very well crafted story. Very captivating story. 25 hours of narration and I was disappointed it was done. Could, and will, listen to it again. Looking forward to exploring the author's other works.
I really enjoyed this book. This is a very balanced Bio of an incredible guy who altered modern culture in countless ways.
Yes. Interesting and very easy to listen to because narrator's voice was pleasant.
The story of Apple"s inception and growth.
Didn't realize how extreme Jobs was in his personal and professional life.
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