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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 Sunnyvale, CA, United States 12-27-11
    David Sunnyvale, CA, United States 12-27-11
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    "walter isaacson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    hey walter, this message is for you.

    i can't help but notice your negative tone of voice every time you mention steves veganism or fruterianism. also when you spoke of the pepsi exec your mouth filled with


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

    everything about steve jobs, his life style etc.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    not at all


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

    yes things that steve did just to get his point across


    Any additional comments?

    narrator sucks

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    Evelyn SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 12-27-11
    Evelyn SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2010

    Evelyn

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I could stand to know a lot less about Steve Jobs. I'm disappointed to learn how selfish, overbearing and narcissistic he was.


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

    I compare this to


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration might have been improved with a different voice.


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

    I sure hope this is not made into a movie.


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    thomas BROOKLINE, MA, United States 12-26-11
    thomas BROOKLINE, MA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A story of a mad driven genius!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    How he comes up with ways of making someone else's ideas greater than they can imagine!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Coming back to Apple as a savior


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    Laura 12-24-11
    Laura 12-24-11

    Just not into normal.

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    "So glad it's over."

    Finishing this book was a chore, mainly because of the painfully slow reading and unnatural pronunciation of the nails-on-chalkboard narrator. The book is also very repetitive and needlessly long. I normally like long, unabridged books, but this one really needed more editing and I think may have been rushed to print due to the death of the subject. The narrator reads so slowly I resorted to double speed at times, something I have never done on any other book. Especially awkward is the way he reads proper names. He pauses and then reads the name as if announcing the entrance of royalty. When reading quotes he adopts a higher, more grating tone, I guess attempting to distinguish from the narrative, but just making it all the harder to listen to. Having heard Isaacson talk about this book on the radio, I think he would have been a much better choice for reading his own book.

    The story will be interesting to some, but I found it rather lacking in humanity, focusing too much on the development of products instead of the personal life of Jobs. But maybe that's because he was an emotionally stunted egocentric workaholic. For someone who proclaimed himself a Buddhist, he seemed woefully ignorant of the "middle way" and being non-judgmental. He was also completely lacking in compassion and empathy, which the author concludes (and I agree) probably hindered his business as well as personal life.

    I was left wondering how much better Apple products would have been had he actually been able to consider someone else's point of view. Evidence being the lack of Flash support on the iPad due to his personal animosity towards Adobe, completely detracting from the user's experience and utility of the product.

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    Patricia Roseville, CA 12-24-11
    Patricia Roseville, CA 12-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Great reads

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    "Mesmerizing"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Brillant, innovate, creative.


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

    There isn't a comparable book.


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

    I didn't love the narration but the book is compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was mesmerizing and is appealing to any generation. A great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    August West CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-23-11
    August West CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book, great innovator, horrible person"

    I loved this audiobook! I listened to it during my daily run. One thing I kept waiting for was how Jobs became a good person. I was surprised to hear how he had no redeeming qualities as a person. Yes, he was a great innovator, but he was an awful person.

    Which brings me to ask- is it possible to be a good person and still be able to push your people to be at their best all the time?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Jacksonville, FL, United States 12-22-11
    Allison Jacksonville, FL, United States 12-22-11

    If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.

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    "Glad I listened."

    The cashier at Old Navy had on an Atari shirt yesterday. I'm thinking, wow, you need to listen to this book, do you know anything about the company? If you even have an ipod, which I bought an itouch yesterday for one kid and a nano for the other, very much worth listening to the book. Very interesting.

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    Allan Zieser Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-22-11
    Allan Zieser Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a writer and a photographer, I enjoy playing the drums and exercising in my off hours.

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    "Hard to put down"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book on Steve Jobs is as close as anyone is ever going to get to the actual person. There is a lot of hype on Steve and many people who profess to know him, but this book makes you feel like you lived around the man.


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

    I loved the stories of Steve and Woz. Having listened to iWoz as well I was fascinated to hear both sides of the same stories.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He had the attitude of Jobs in this book, very realistic.


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

    No it was a good book to take in over a longer period of many sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Saint Simons Island, GA, United States 12-22-11
    Rob Saint Simons Island, GA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Story"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I don't know that I will listen to this again, it's 24 hours long. I would recommend it to others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author interviewed a lot of people, enemies and friends who had reason to dislike the man. He vetted the information Jobs gave as well as the stories of others. One can get a sense when the author thinks he has a fact and when he isn't sure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator should pronounce words correctly, or maybe that is his


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

    I've never been an Apple fan or new much about Jobs. But when I got near the end and how iTunes and the iPod came into being. It hit me that this man was largely responsible for revolutionary changes in computing, animated movies, music, and cellular telephones.


    Any additional comments?

    This was well worth my time.

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    David Blackburn Los Angeles, Ca USA 12-22-11
    David Blackburn Los Angeles, Ca USA 12-22-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story - Terrible narrator"

    Overall amazing story of a visionary man.

    Unfortunately this book seemed like it had been rushed out due to Job's death. Not as finely honed as an author of this caliber should be producing. Ideas were repeated to the point of me shouting out loud "Alright I get it!"

    I listen to a lot of biography audio-books and Dylan Baker is by far the worst reader I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. He sounds like he's reading a bedtime story to a 3 year old. Truly annoying.

    Fortunately the amazing arc of this story over-rides these problems and ultimately it was a fascinating look into a brilliant life.

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