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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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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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    ecardoza 07-23-12
    ecardoza 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great insight into the man"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    As a business owner, I've always been fascinated about Steve Jobs and the giant company he created but I never had any real insight into his actual personality other than the things that the media has mentioned about him.

    Listening to his biography gave me a much grater insight into his life, how and why he made certain decisions and why his company grew to the juggernaut that it is today.

    The book is well written and narrated. The Narrator is easy to listen to and the story flows quite nicely from beginning to end.

    if you're an apple fan, a business owner or lead a group of people in any way shape or form, this book will certainly give you some perspective.


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    Jawad Etobicoke, ON, Canada 07-22-12
    Jawad Etobicoke, ON, Canada 07-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I finally understand Steve"

    Steve Jobs had a complex personality. He was an artist at heart. He was happiest when building things; but also a prick to others while doing so. This book does an excellent job at untangling his perplexing personality.

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    Kevin 07-18-12
    Kevin 07-18-12
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    "Good example of reality distortion field"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A good book for someone who wants to see the world as Jobs saw the world.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Isaacson again?

    yes, but only as a secondary source.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


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    Ben 07-17-12
    Ben 07-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Outlandish, perfectionistic, realisitically-unrealisitic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story cannot be disected. It is a whole story or it is no story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the "you are an idiot" or "this is crap" stories.


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

    I really enjoyeed the sense of passion and that evoked a spirit of excitement within me.


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    Charles Portland, OR, United States 07-17-12
    Charles Portland, OR, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The real Jobs-get to know the man, good and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I am listening to the last chapter, knowing I will miss my daily Steve Jobs.

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    Peter Williams Melbourne, Australia 07-13-12
    Peter Williams Melbourne, Australia 07-13-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Deep Look Behind The Curtain..."

    Isaacson does a great job peeling back the curtain on the life of one the most influential characters of our time.

    If you are "in" the tech world, a lot of character flaws and tales highlighted by the author may not be new, but if you are a just user of Jobs' products it's a very eye opening account.

    There is no doubt this is one of the most in-depth and complete biographies on Steve Jobs, but I don't believe their was anything new (of great value) shared in the book.

    Wether you knew the life and trials of Jobs, or not, this is a fantastic look at the ups, downs and ups of a very influential character.

    I also suggest you read 'Icon' as a further look into the 'darker' side of Steve Jobs.

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    Claudia San Diego, CA, United States 07-10-12
    Claudia San Diego, CA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "fascinating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator's pronunciation was definitely a distraction, but the author did a great job. I recommended it to a friend for their nook.


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    Kyle/Jasmine Oberlin, OH, United States 07-09-12
    Kyle/Jasmine Oberlin, OH, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2015

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

    Manipulation, Synthesis, Perseverance


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less focus on the use of descriptions such as "best ever" or "the crowd erupted". I feel as though, whenever jobs made statements to a crowd, the author portrays the audience as a mass groveling in the face of a god, however, when Jobs is talking in smaller groups, the gravity of a crass nature is underplayed by comparison.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A little more study into the personalities of the different characters. I feel as though he has heard Jobs speak, as well as Bill Gates, and so can replicate their voices to a certain degree, but his dedication to other characters, and even these two at length, wanes, and he will quickly revert back to his natural narrating voice.


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

    No, I don't think it would have been as effective. I think it is broken up because there is so much information and personality to digest, and I wouldn't change that.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more interviews with Jobs regarding his earlier life. I realize that he can't necessarily be trusted to correctly describe his beginnings, but I would've liked to have heard his opinion on matters as they came to light. All in all, I feel as though the author wasn't as critical of Jobs as he should have been. I understand that he was dying of cancer, and relatively weak, but I feel that, given his attention to detail, it would have been helpful for the author to have complete creative control, protected by a contract, so that he could have questioned Jobs a bit more aggressively, especially as his health recovered. This applies to the other characters interviewed. All in all, I felt as though there was too much of the author in the biography, whereas I wanted more of Steve Jobs and his effect on the people around him.

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    Amazon Customer Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-06-12
    Amazon Customer Kennesaw, GA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating Read"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Best Bio in a while. Dynamic Story explaining an out of the box thinking person. Distant from family passionate about design and consumer products.


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

    His squabbles with people.


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

    Dylan definitely in intrigued by Jobs.


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    David Wyble TUKWILA, WA, United States 06-30-12
    David Wyble TUKWILA, WA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Even if you're not a fanboy..... read"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes.

    This book crosses paths with Steve Wozniak's book several times and validates alot of what was in his book as well. The story of Steve Jobs life was very interesting and would be one that I would listen to again knowing I would learn something new.


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

    I am not sure.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    It made me laugh several times and respect him more for what he did for the world. I admit I did get choked up near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not someone who has been a fan of Steve Jobs and many of the people I know could tell you this. I've not supported Apple other then using quicktime when I 'have' to. This is because of the stories I had heard, the articles published about his treatment of people, and his beliefs on need, not want.

    But I did respect the man for his accomplishments and business savvy. And after having read Steve Wozniak's book, I was very interested in reading Mr. Jobs book.

    I highly recommend this book to all, even if you did not like him as a person.

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