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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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    Greg Wilson 01-05-12
    Greg Wilson 01-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Intelligent well written biography"

    Isaacson is a wonderful writer who can keep a reader engaged even through the mundane events necessary in the telling of a biography. Jobs of course is an icon of our age and I'm so glad that someone with the stature and capacity of Walter Isaacson was engaged to document his life and accomplishments. Recommended to all but with a special emphasis to my fellow long time Apple users.

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    Michael Honolulu, HI, United States 01-05-12
    Michael Honolulu, HI, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Outstanding Book!"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates near the top of the 50+ audiobooks I have listened to in the last year.


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

    I think


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

    Dylan Baker's narration is quite good.


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

    Steve Jobs was a unique individual.


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    Dan United States 01-04-12
    Dan United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good insight a little repetitive"
    What did you like best about Steve Jobs? What did you like least?

    Good book on a very interesting man. Could have taken out a few of the similar stories showcasing Steve's character.


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    Frank Estrada 01-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    I am 45 years old and I grew up in the shadows of his accomplishments. I am more like Woz and prefer an open system to do with as I please, but I admire all the innovation Steve Jobs gave to all of us. He thinks all other products are crap? he should know how crappy those products would have been if they were not forced to compete with his works of art. I'm a PC, but he truly did create art, and force others to live up to their potential and create art also.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did a wonderful job of being objective, we truly get to know Steve Jobs, more so in a way than people who have known him personally. I am sure they too will learn more from reading... Listening to this book.


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

    N/A


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


    WOW, um.... no its over 20 hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    God bless Steve jobs, the world will be a much darker place with out him.

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    Jay SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-03-12
    Jay SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Learn the details behind the man..."

    I thouroughly enjoyed the listen and actually finished the almost 24 hours in about 48. I was very interested in the story and the reader was very good. I would have liked to have heard more, like maybe an update after his death or more detail about his wife's and kid's opinions. Maybe that can be added later. If you have any interest in the man and how everything fit together, you'll enjoy this listen.

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    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 01-03-12
    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I didn't want it to end......."

    I'm not a rabid fan of all things Apple, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well written, and the cultural education about the computer revolution are invaluable. Excellent read and well worth the time.

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    katerina parkland, FL, United States 01-03-12
    katerina parkland, FL, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Narration as Vibrant as Steve Himself"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    The book revealed his great sides and his dark sides equally.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    His impersonation of Steve Jobs made you feel it was read by Steve Jobs.


    Any additional comments?

    It's amazing to see how very raw and narcissistic he was and yet how out of that came such greatness and such inspiration.

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    carolyn marietta, ga, United States 01-02-12
    carolyn marietta, ga, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I normally don't listen to books twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insight into the personality of Steve Jobs.


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

    Read the book like he had written it. Excellent narrator.


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

    No but enjoyed it when I could get to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Never knew Jobs was such a difficult person.

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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 01-01-12
    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of a kind, compelling guy"

    Unbelievable, really. He accomplished so much. Listening to it on my iPod was so appropriate. I also got the iBook version to see the pictures. I didn't like the narrator very much as he sounded whiney when he was reading Jobs' quotes. But the story is certainly compelling on so many levels -- his personal life, his business acumen, his creativity and vision, and his "taste."

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    Kevin Wilson 01-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Sounded too familiar"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    If you read, return to the little kingdom, there was a lot of that here. That said, this book speaks to a life fully devoted to Apple, and a company SJ created.
    No one could ever have the same devotion to Apple that SJ did. To the extent that he alienated many.
    SJ's story won't really be told well for another 5-10 years, however this was a book that had great timing for it's author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information and comments of Jony Ive.


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

    It did make you feel sad at times


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