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

    Nonfiction Mainly

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Tomball, TX, United States 01-31-12
    Michael Tomball, TX, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating book about a modern business genius"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    His creativity and his passion for perfection. While Jobs might have been, in my view, irrational in some ways, he was great in business and electronics. As he said, he married technology with the arts.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. I felt that sometimes when the reader should have read objectively, he instead read with disdain for Steve Jobs. Not good at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 01-30-12
    Alex RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 01-30-12

    Alex & Marni Chediak

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    "Important and fascinating story"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't pronounce place names like


    Any additional comments?

    Reading it was like watching Forrest Gump, but for my generation. I felt like I was reliving so much of my growing up hearing his story. Steve Jobs was a great and fascinating person. We all owe him, but greatness comes at a price. The type of personality that produces such greatness also has a shadow side, as seen in his relationships and management style and failure to get the help he needed with his cancer.

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    Daniel Miami, Florida, United States 01-30-12
    Daniel Miami, Florida, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Think Different! and I don't own any apple product"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, this is really how Steve Jobs was, nothing was left aside, despite the success, you can see where his flaws were, which only makes it human and you can learn what made him different!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The real person he was, simple, what I learned the best:


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

    Not the best reading, but, it was good, keeps you engaged.


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

    Think Different


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an Android user, don't own any apple product at the time being, probably in the future, I really enjoyed this biography, and got to know more about Steve Jobs philosophy, very interesting concepts, ideas, and thinking, I recommend this to EVERYONE, not just for apple fans ;)

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    Kathleen Days Creek, OR, United States 01-29-12
    Kathleen Days Creek, OR, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "HUGE disappointment"
    What would have made Steve Jobs better?

    Objective writing and better reading.


    Has Steve Jobs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily, but I won't get this writer or reader again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Being George Guidall, who can read the phone book and make it interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what I was execting, but probably something well written, well read, and interesting. NOT. From the beginning, I found myself thinking this must have been commissioned by Steve Jobs, and wondering how much the author got paid to paint Jobs as being just too bright for his fellow humans, from his parents and teachers as a child, to his employees and

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    Michael Cleveland, OH, United States 01-26-12
    Michael Cleveland, OH, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Michael Ruhlman, writer, cook

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    "one of the best bios i've read"

    absolutely fascinating, start to finish. riveting. had no idea. a must for all entrepreneurs, designers, social media peeps. hats off to isaacson for a phenomenal job.

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    Ying 01-26-12
    Ying 01-26-12

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    "Enjoyed it :)"

    The more I listen to the book ( I am only finishing up the first part) the more I felt Steve Jobs is the real character of Dr. House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Portland, OR, United States 01-24-12
    Paul Portland, OR, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2015

    Leadership Development, Executive Coach

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    "Extraordinary book of an extraordinary leader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very well read and written. Compelling story. Especially considering it is all true.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inner workings of Apple, Steve's mind and how events propelled him to create innovation beyond anyone's expectation. The sadness at the end of a life cut short.


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

    His tonality, his embodiment of Steve Jobs character and personality.


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

    Not really. But I would listen to it again, it was that good.


    Any additional comments?

    Jobs wasn't the nicest human being, nor the most compassionate. But his strong will and driving intention changed the computer industry, the animation industry and the music industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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