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
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.
The narrator's pronunciation was definitely a distraction, but the author did a great job. I recommended it to a friend for their nook.
Love to learn, love to share
Manipulation, Synthesis, Perseverance
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Bio in a while. Dynamic Story explaining an out of the box thinking person. Distant from family passionate about design and consumer products.
His squabbles with people.
Dylan definitely in intrigued by Jobs.
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.
I am not sure.
I have not.
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.
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.
This gave me insight into the Apple and how various products were developed. I found Jobs a fascinating but very flawed person. Isaacson was very honest. Jobs was a jerk on a lot of levels!!
I didn't know Jobs' voice before hearing this audio, so I didn't experience anything negative about the reader that some have complained about. So, unless you knew Jobs and feel you'd be offended at someone pretending to be him, you'll be just fine. The narrator did very well, in my opinion, with timing and emotion.
Kudos to Mr Isaacson. I know I won't hesitate on purchasing another bio from him if the subject is of interest.
It gets fun toward the middle through the end. If I listen again, I'll be skipping the first few chapters, but only because Mr Jobs' drug habits and earlier living arrangements don't interest me at all.
My advice: Interested in the world of computers, Apple, Microsoft, Pixar? Get it. I know I appreciate the design behind my iPod quite a bit more now. I actually sat through Monster Inc with the kids this week, and I'm not much of a movie-person. More than that, I now see Steve Jobs as a huge figure in our world's recent history.
I love the audio version of all books
The truthfulness of it
It made me laugh, cry, and I was absorbed in it.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
His tactical and triumphant return to Apple.
The final scene where they discussed the on/off button. What a wonderful ending.
No, but I was surprised at what a hippie he was. I was also surprised at what a jerk he was.
A thorough examination of a genius. He changed the way we live and not always in good way.
How he suffered at the end- the poor guy never really understood Karma is both good and bad, in the same lifetime.
Dylan had a very intimate delivery where he was able to get out of the way and let the story lead.
Steve Jobs the person was a very sad character, haunted by his own existence AND his incredible gifts.
Highly recommend if for nothing else but the historical record.
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