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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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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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    Elaine Stormville, NY, United States 04-28-12
    Elaine Stormville, NY, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely a great book. An in depth view of a complex man. I enjoyed listening to it and it kept my attention throughout. I highly recommend it.


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    E. A. New York State 04-28-12
    E. A. New York State 04-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely a great book. An in depth view of a complex man. I enjoyed listening to it and it kept my attention throughout. I highly recommend it.


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    L. webb 04-25-12
    L. webb 04-25-12
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    "Business negotiation as world-changing drama"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Not for awhile. At this point I feel I know the man better than most people I'm actually acquainted with. Should probably focus on them after disappearing into this book with the consuming obsessiveness as Steve Jobs with a next-generation iPod.


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

    Yes


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    Melissa Washington, DC, United States 04-25-12
    Melissa Washington, DC, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I still don't know Steve."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The detail and organization of this book was exceptional, but the author felt disconnected from the subject matter. Perhaps it was the semi-robotic reader. There was no personalization - not enough quotes or personal moments from Steve. I felt like I knew his story story at the end, while he as a person was still an enigma. I had hoped for more insight into his perspective. The POV felt so far outside of Steve and I was more interested in how he would've told the story had he been able - reality distortion field or not.


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    Rick Stewart 04-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting Character"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Overall the book is very interesting and provides a deep look into one of the most iconic corporate personalities. However the references to Steve Jobs personality traits becomes very repetative and distracting. Also the book jumps around through the years and it can difficult to follow what happened in which order.


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

    No. Wanted more of a timeline flow to the book and found it very repetative. However the author did do his homework and was very through.


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

    Steve Jobs.


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    Amazon Customer Rockford, IL, United States 04-22-12
    Amazon Customer Rockford, IL, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2012

    A right leaning, open-minded, history science and international intrigue buff.

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

    If you like biographies of interesting people this fits perfectly. I wanted to listen every chance I had. Well written, and I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    There's much to learn from the life of Steve Jobs, whether you loved or hated him.

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    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 04-22-12
    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009

    70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.

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    "Not what I was expecting!"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a great biography in that Jobs had input into the book but didn't censor it or dictate what could or could not be in the book. Lots more negative than I would have imagined. He was not a person I could have been friends with or worked for. Disloyal, verbally abusive, vain, hypocritical....but wait, I'll spoil it for the next listener!


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

    Can't think of any


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dylan Baker?

    Yes, he was very good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you thought Steve Jobs was a good guy - think again! His name should have been I-Steve because he only thought of himself (I-I-I-I) all of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure it was worth over 25 hours of listening!!

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    HELENE 04-20-12
    HELENE 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love to hate him !"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Great writing !
    Interesting story !


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You just can turn it off ! ! ! :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Most read now !

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    Keith Union Grove, WI, United States 04-20-12
    Keith Union Grove, WI, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "So much to learn"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Beyond learning about this incredible force in today's world, you also can learn a lot about how to manage life and people.


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

    The period when he was iCEO and replaced the Board.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    It felt as though it was the author sitting down and telling you the story, instead of someone reading another person's work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Of Gods and Sh-theads


    Any additional comments?

    There are moments in the books where I wished I could have worked with/for Jobs. There were moments in the book where I thought "What a total ___hole this guy was.". Oddly enough there were some moments with both thoughts together.

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    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 04-20-12
    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A new perspective of Steve Jobs"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes, there was so much that this man did in his life, yet at times I wondered wtf, what an a$$. It was such a twist to the vision I originally had of Jobs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned where all my love for Apple came from.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for Apple lovers & non-Apple lovers alike.

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