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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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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 Simon & Schuster (P)2011 Walter Isaacson

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    David Lyme, NH, United States 11-19-11
    David Lyme, NH, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Don't bother with the abridged version"

    I think this may be a good book. I can't tell. I chose the abridged version, and it is so terribly edited as to be awful. That is, it feels like whoever did the abridging went in with an axe and whacked away here and there, leaving all the cut edges exposed and bleeding. The result is a story that jumps from topic to topic, with some whole chapters cut down to a few sentences. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd say "this sucks".

    Go for the full version; overall, the writing is good and the reader is good and the story seems interesting. It's just too bad the abridgement was so sloppy.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Meador Irvine, Ca USA 01-25-12
    Ed Meador Irvine, Ca USA 01-25-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Book... wish I got the unabridged version"

    When I ordered this book, I thought "how many hours of Steve Jobs do I need"?
    Turns out, I could have used more. Very enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-03-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "Even Abridged, this was PLENTY of Steve Jobs"
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    This is not a book I would have normally selected. I read it for a book club at my job. I found it pretty tedious at times, and was immensely glad I had the abridged version. It was plenty of Steve Jobs. I know I would not have wanted to work for or even know the man. I think the abridged version very much skimped on his relationships with his wife and kids, and perhaps that would have been interesting. (If that is your area of interest, do not go with the abridged.) Mostly it was about his work and what an intolerable jerk he was there. The book seems to reinforce the belief that you have to be a jerk to be successful, which I find annoying. It had its interesting moments. I felt old when they discussed the infancy of PCs and I realized I was around then.
    My favorite part was one meeting he had after a failed product release. He gathers the people on the project around and asked what the product was supposed to do. So they tell him and he shouts, “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?” I’ve been at sunset reviews at work where it would have been very satisfying to ask that. One of the few times we touch on Jobs' personal life is in the story of his biological father and how Jobs had unknowingly already met the man. I found that very interesting. But let’s be real. Steve Jobs was a jerk and that gets old after a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ismael Sanchez Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 12-22-12
    Ismael Sanchez Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hooked from beginning to end, loved it."
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, historic, well read


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

    Cleared the rumors and misinformation around Steve Jobs life and work.


    Any additional comments?

    Very clear and deep telling of the life and work of Jobs. Couldn't stop reading (listening) once I started, even though work got in the way I would find time to keep going. Changed my perception of him and even Apple. The only drawback I could say is at some chapters it felt like going back and forth, but i'm guessing it was to lay all the information for the next ones.

    In general really liked the book and the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adclif San Bernardino, CA, USA 02-04-14
    adclif San Bernardino, CA, USA 02-04-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Not as intesresting as I first thought it would be"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they were enamored with Steve Jobs.


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

    no I didn't listen to this book I read it, because, at the time I didn't know it was audible.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 08-02-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "What a Ride!"

    Isaacson does a good job with one of America's iconic builders. He portrays Steve Jobs as an arrogant cross between an arts lover and a techno geek. That's what makes the character so good. It also describes how a leader can see differently into the product than the team working on it: e.g. why don't Apple products have off/on switches? Because Jobs didn't want them. Jobs focus on product was evident as was his knowledge of competitors and how to pursue his strategy. Good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steven boise, ID, United States 01-30-13
    steven boise, ID, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!"

    Wow! What an amazing book! Steve Jobs is such an inspiration! He makes me want to do the best at everything I do. What a great man!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Leiden, Netherlands 11-26-12
    Mr Leiden, Netherlands 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Reads / hears like a novel! great and definitely recommended


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    Kindle INT Winston Salem, NC 10-08-12
    Kindle INT Winston Salem, NC 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Steve Jobs - Worth the Read"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    It's a good story that explains the evolution of his creativity and leadership.


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

    His statement that the consumer doesn't know what they want. It's up to Apple to tell them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His early struggles.


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

    No. I found the book interesting from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was well read. It's well written and worth the time invested to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cathy west newbury, MA, United States 08-30-12
    cathy west newbury, MA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Tightly written"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    This honest, tightly written biography is an important look at the creation of one of America's greatest products.


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

    The humble ramblings of high school geeks in their garage, the story of young love, the culture of the 60's and 70's...interesting background to the iconic giant of today.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    The varied voices to give life and power to different characters, including Steve Jobs.


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

    When Steve Jobs rejoined apple and brought the company back from the brink. It symbolized what he stood for, what the company stood for and how the power of habit can be a path to success.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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