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
The people who say the narrator is horrible have not purchased the book. The sample is read by the author. Listen to Dylan Baker's other narration samples for other books, and I think you will find him a skilled narrator. And this is a good book that pulls no punches.
I can't believe that the reader refers to the Mac operating system incorrectly in a book about Steve Jobs. It's OS "TEN" not OS "X". This is a great Bio of an interesting man. The audio performance does not live up to the material.
The above comment is unfair - it's more a tribute than a criticism of the actual book. Tribute because the book is so detailed and explicit, just giving the facts (not interpreting them) that one gets a very full impression of Steve Jobs the man. However, I do criticize the book for being TOO detailed, and leaving almost nothing out. We hear about every encounter, every private walk, every emotional scene, every thing said about every one else behind their backs, or directly to them. The story plods along, one day after another, and I lost track of the developments and in fact I totally lost interest halfway through the second volume (or Part). There's no one event that's given more importance than another - everything flows along on the same level, at the same speed. I got the idea - that Jobs was a childish, totally self-centered person and very likely had Asperger's syndrome or some other diagnosable inability to relate to other people in any way but manipulatively, mechanically - inhuman. And therefore the story of his "genius" or whatever it took to produce all those beautiful gadgets is a cold, bare tale devoid of any human interest.
When I first started listening to this book I thought to myself, wow this guy seems like a real @sshole. I kept thinking he would learn and improve, become a better person but he didn't. From beginning to end it sounds like he was cruel and I don't know if he ever loved anyone but himslef. I guess that is why he was so successful in business. I love the products and you can tell he is no longer running the company because the quality he always wanted is no longer at Apple. I love my iPod Touch and use it everyday (used it to listen to this book) but I feel so sorry for his family I hope they have very happy lives they suffered enough while he was alive.
A different subject. Had I known this guy was such a freak, jerk, etc., I would never have purchased anything from the company. Brilliant, yes, but humane, I think not.
Not Dylan's fault
what an idiot!
Had I known he was such a complete ass, I would never have purchased anything from his company.
I am not an apple boy. This was an incredibly interesting read. Well worth it. I must admit I further understand why I never did take to Jobs. The twist and turns of fate, maximizing opportunities. very insightful.
how someone who takes advantage of situations can change the future.
Steve's last words.
The narrator was fine, but there were regular pronunciation problems. When Jobs is diagnosed with an islet (pronounced EYE-let) cell tumor, he says IZZ-let. Huh? When he mentions Mac OS X, he says "mac oh ess eks," rather than the "oh ess ten" that Jobs himself used (and that any Mac will use if you ask it to speak that phrase). Then there's "robutt." The narrator speaks of "robutts" instead of robots. Distracting. Regardless, the narration is crisp and generally easy to listen to. Fortunately, the story is very engaging, especially if you grew up during the PC revolution. About the worst I could say about the story is that I was left wanting for more detail.
I'm writing this review primarily to provide balance to the group of very negative reviews about the narrator. Those reviews almost stopped me from buying a great book. After listening, I found the criticisms of Mr. Baker's narration to be overdone. As a mainstream person who knows about as much about Mr. Jobs as most, I didn't find anything offensive in the narrator's reading of quotes from Jobs. I think this book is well worth the credits and the time. It made a very long drive to Florida tolerable!
Very enjoyable , reader was fine not overly charismatic
As a fan of Jobs, I feel it gave us a good feel into the genius and at times madness he was.
Not at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Loved listening to it, and was sad when it ended for many reasons!
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