From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
With an introduction read by the author.
©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Inc
Absolutely ...It changes my outlook on life and really inspires me
Steve Job ...He has a personality that is unique and installs inpirations to others
Amazing look on the life of Steve Jobs and Apple ...Really inspiring
Right on top.
I have not listened to many audio books but enjoy biographies and this is a great story.
I am still reading and they are all great.
Loved the book. Enjoyed the details and backstage access to Steve Job's professional & personal life, including to the companies he had built (Apple, NeXT, Pixar)
Yes I agree this book is kind of just lining up Steve Jobs' life from the beginning to the end, but it's ok - his life is really interesting! I very much enjoyed hearing the history of how various apple products were developed, about his leadership style, mood swings and the so called reality distortion field. Steve Jobs was a product genious, with an immense attention to detail. However, he was also someone who regularly kicked out staff he was unhappy with in a brutal manner and ignored his first daughter for many years. Simply an a-hole at times.
The books raises questions - how will apple ever survive without him? How come he was so harsh towards people?
Anyway a very interesting read.
Book is good, but I expected more of authors interpretation of his collective learnings. Writing style is just average , expected more classy writing. I liked the book nonetheless as Steve's life is itself very inspiring to read/hear
Go get this book! It's worth more than what you are paying for it.
I am still part way through it and totally hooked. But it is the most honest and refreshing book you will ever read. Besides giving you the real history of Steve Jobs, the fullness gives you perspective of a very private person's life. Only Gandhi's autobiography was more honest and that is saying something.
There are books which inspire, there are those which are PR excercises and then those which inflame or criticize. This book just gives an honest, comprehensive and loose narrative of his life.
Don't look at the cynical reviews. This book is about a man who was faulty, egoistic, problematic and whole lot of other things. But, he changed the world and forced us all to think different... and we are all better for it.
One of the best book, make me admire Jobs even more. I am sad that
Walter didnt undestand why Jobs did most of the things, and the reallity distorsion that in the book they talk to much, was the way that Steve has to push and do things. I am a designer, and I know that you can make in one night hours before the due date the best job and with presure.
We will miss you Steve.
The book largely consists of anecdotes about Steve Jobs, and its very much up to the reader to draw conclusions.
The contractions of his character and the phenomenal nature of his achievements, from the original Mac to Pixar to the iPhone, means this approach makes for a great book, particularly if you have an interest in the technology sector.
This story was built for audio! Great to listen, esp when going for a long run in the morning...get this goodness!!
"An insight to the man"
The opening part of the book was such a great insight to Jobs and what he liked and disliked. Understanding the man himself helps you understand apple and why they do what they do.
"Long but enjoyable!"
The reason I started using audio was to escape the drone of radio DJ's on my long commute to work. Lots of books have let me down but this one certainly didn't. Well written and well narrated. I do also have to say it is well worth it because it comes across as a completely honest description - because much of it brings out the negative and controlling side of Jobs' personaility!
"An eye opening insight"
Issacson clearly had the benefit of privileged access to not only Jobs himself but to family, friends, lovers and rivals too. One can only assume that this represents the most accurate portrayal of the man that we will ever have. If Issacson had a liking for Jobs he certainly didn't let it stop him from exploring his darker side or highlighting the quirks in his personality that resulted in decisions that were less than auspicious. Most importantly this book entertains as much as it informs the writing not only bring to life the key players but also does a fine job painting the tensions and triumphs in vivid colours.
"Interesting and inspireing"
Always wanted to buy this book and having it in audio book format is fantastic! I can listen to it when I am on my way home or out and about, and the voice is clear and in natural pace, pleasing to listen. It is very inspiring and interesting to read/listen with detail and natural flow. I would definitely recommend it to someone who feels passionate about Apple and what they do and admired Steve Jobs.
This is a very well written biography. If you are interested in knowing how Computers of today came into existence and where Apple, Microsoft & Pixar began, their view and how they groomed over the years.. This is Steve's real life account on it.
However, I find the book way too long. It's in 3 parts each over 7-9 hrs.
I found the biography riveting not only his life but the growth of the industry and how from very small enterprises the businesses grew into world wide organisations.the book is a very very good listen and I would recommend it to everybody.its hard to believe he is not with us anymore (great man new what he wanted) read the book you will like it everything from no money drugs to mega bucks but still living in almost bare rooms and family struggles births and deaths
I really enjoyed this audiobook, appeared to be a balanced look at the life of Steve Jobs. It didn't seem biased one way or the other and was well written and easy to follow with great narration. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Steve Jobs and Apple.
"get to know Steve Jobs"
This review helped me to understand what made Steve Jobs tick. Although I knew the main events in Steve's life before listening to this book, Isaacson did a good job if writing a narrative that held my interest. It also spent quite a lot of time reflecting on different ways to make technology products, from the closed-system apple approach to the more open Microsoft approach. But the most interesting aspect was the psychological insights into Jobs - it definitely gives plenty to praise and criticise in the way that Jobs conducted himself over his career.
"Insightful but not loveable"
Well the book gives a great insight behind the legend. My lasting impression is that he will be remembered as a creator of great products but not as a role model. Like many geniuses before him the book great a real insight in to Steve Job’s character traits and faults. A compelling listen for all Apple product fans but if your not interested in Apple then I’m sure there are more interesting books to dedicated your time to.
"Really insightful book"
If you love high tech this book is for you. Steve Jobs, arguably one of the most visionary leaders that we had in the high tech world. Could not put this book down
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