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Steve Jobs Audiobook
Steve Jobs
Written by: 
Walter Isaacson
Narrated by: 
Dylan Baker
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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    Lance 05-07-12
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    "Brings Jobs to Life"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The author seems to pierce the veil of Jobs as myth and reveal Jobs as a very real, very irritating, but very talented human being.


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

    Jobs is at his best when he is taking risks to make "one more thing". His savant talent is his ability to pre visualize, demand the best people have to offer, then strip their best until only the best of the best is left for the final product. One example is the way he drove the original Macintosh team.


    Any additional comments?

    Dylan Baker has some strange pronunciations that bothered me after awhile, such as the way he says the possessive form of Jobs... Jobs'es.

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    Deliah the Space Rigger 05-07-12
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    "A history of computing along the way"

    Being the same age as Jobs and a computer scientist who was on the consumer side of Apple, it was fascinating to see what he was really like. But it also was fascinating to see how the technology developed and how Apple came back from the dead- it was living history. The biography is fearless and while Jobs was not someone I'd care to have over for dinner, warts and all, he lived a remarkable life on his terms.

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    Chris Newbury Park, US, Canada 05-06-12
    Chris Newbury Park, US, Canada 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic a true dive into the mind of a Genius!!"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    The book fully explains his reasoning behind how he designed electronics, how he knew everything that consumers wanted and fought tooth and nail to get everything perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When he was CEO of both Pixar and Apple juggling the two jobs was huge, he had a long days work.


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

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he fought for Pixar and kept them a float until Disney approached to make a film. Pixar makes the best animated films of all time. Nothing compares to the amazing films that Pixar releases.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is long, but very interesting and really a story that will make you think differently about Apple products and where Apple came from.

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    Warwriter 1939 Providence, RI 05-05-12
    Warwriter 1939 Providence, RI 05-05-12

    Life's too short to read bad books.

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    "Wouldn't want to work for this guy."
    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this, I certainly wouldn't want to work for him. How he could have been so charismatic and such an icon is beyond me. I love Apple for its products, style, and reliability - no longer for its head honcho.

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    Carol 05-05-12
    Carol 05-05-12 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books while I walk my dog, turning even the dreariest rain and cold into a wonderful escape.

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    "Even better than expected"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I was a little skeptical of this book, because coming out so soon after Jobs' death, I (wrongly) assumed it was a thrown-together work to take commercial advantage of the interest his death generated. I couldn't have been more wrong. It turns out that Isaacson had been working on the book for years, and the book is a spell-binding account of a deeply flawed man who changed the world of technology forever.


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    Cole Maryville, TN, United States 05-02-12
    Cole Maryville, TN, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a 34-year old litigator, father of three young sons. I listen to a lot of business books, suspense/thrillers, bios, and history.

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    "As good as biography gets..."

    This is pretty much as good as biography gets, in my opinion. Apart from the fact that Steve Jobs would certainly have been an interesting subject, Walter Isaacson is just a damn good biographer. Fascinating story. I also learned a lot, as I had hoped I would.

    Along with Martin Sherwin's and Kai Bird's book on Robert Oppenheimer, David McCullough's biography of Truman, and Mornings on Horseback, this is among the most memorable biographies I have read.

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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 05-01-12
    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Little long and repeats a couple of facts"

    The book is a little long and does jump forward and backwards in time and so repeats a couple facts. Overall I felt the book was a great insight into Steve Jobs and Apple.

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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 05-01-12
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    The book is a little long and does jump forward and backwards in time and so repeats a couple facts. Overall I felt the book was a great insight into Steve Jobs and Apple.

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    Brian 05-01-12
    Brian 05-01-12 Member Since 2002
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    "What a man!"

    Love him or hate him, this story shows why Apple was so successful. The world can only handle just a few of his type though.

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    Joan Lombard, IL, United States 05-01-12
    Joan Lombard, IL, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    This is current to me. I am a computer teacher and saw firsthand many of the Jobs miracles over these years. The book helped me see Steve as a human being, up close and personal. I also "met" the other Silicon Valley personages Steve reacted with. I did not realize he was a pretty good friend of Bill Gates.

    Mr. Isaacson has a wonderful ability to turn a phrase so that it made me chuckle. For example, one of Steve's stock phrases at a product introduction was "There is one more thing." Isaacson's last pages started with the same phrase.

    Every time I pass an Apple store, it makes me proud.


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

    One aspect of Isaacson's story was that the problem child in school often ends up the whiz kid in life. I saw this theme repeated in several of my recent readings: Unbroken and Townie, just to name a few.


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

    Undoubtedly....Steve Jobs. I wish I had more of an opportunity to know Laurene Powell better.

    Steve spoke almost reverently of his adopted father too.


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

    This book made me do both. It made me like Steve Jobs immensely, and I think I am going to miss him. I don't think I would have made his "A list" of people though. I don't have the smarts, the creativity, and the self-confidence to blare my opinions to one and all. Personally, I am more like his middle daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to Mr. Isaacson for the opportunity of this book. I am going to read some of your others, maybe the one on Benjamin Franklin.

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