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
I think the interweaving of the family and relationship stories of Steve Jobs with the tech and business aspects of his life makes this a biography that may satisfy both techies, business readers, and people who like a good biography. Personally I think this biography gives the technology and computing industry a much needed in-depth human story to show to the world - it gives people an insight into one of the modern visionaries of the industry and shows us that it is people, with their emotions, conflicts, passion, perseverance, and intellect, who make technology and innovation happen.
I also liked the telling of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates relationship - their life-long work, competitiveness and mutual respect was very interesting.
The man who made personal computers and technology cool.
We've all heard the stories but this book proves just how tough a competitor Steve Jobs was during this short but significant life.I grew up with the first Apple computers so the Jobs story was a must read/listen.His passion for great products changed the world and although he was incredibly rude and difficult he made people perform when they didn't believe they could - he was inspirational.There will be other books about the technical side of Apple but this is about the man - an honest tale that makes an already great story .. even better.
Avid reader from Dubai. Now slowly trying to get on the audible bandwagon.
I wouldnt say it is better or worse, id say the audio version is very convenient and more compact than a book. I can listen to it in the car, while going for a walk, when im on a plane and want to close my eyes. A book would be harder to carry around.
Reality Distortion - The pressure to make situations change to your comfort.
Intensity+Passion = GENIUS
Im only 1/3rd of the way into the book and its great. Being an apple fan, the reality of the man Steve Jobs is shocking and makes me want to hit him, but if not for his arrogance and intensity we probably might not have seen technology such as the ipad, ipod, apple tv's and the Macs!
Yes, but only those who has time.
When Jobs give a lecture to students, and he got an advice that no one'd like to be lectured. But everyone loves story.
Dylan Baker was the narrator of the audiobook version. His voice is quite strong and nice. He kept me engaged in the book for the whole time.
The reasons I like biography is that it is inspring. I’d like to know more about someone I admire, and Steve Jobs was one of them. I started out knowing next to nothing about Steve Jobs (although I own an iPod nano and a Mac book pro). I was kindda curious about the people behind it. From this book, I learn a lot about Steve Jobs, his invention, and his company. To most people, Steve was a Genious. But who would have known that he had a very conflicting personality. He was a firm believer in Hindu and Zen. Yet, he was obnoxious and very hard to deal with. He’d like to be at the intersection of technology and humanity. Yet, he was no humanitarian. He did everything in his own way regardless of whether his action will hurt others. I’m glad that I get to know that side of him.
This book is a bit long. It took me almost two months to read it. Despite excurciating details, I enjoy reading this book. The book contains the story since before his birth, his childhood, his success, his failure, his return, and his departure. It’s a long enjoyable book. And, it’s worth reading. The only problem that I have is that it’s a bit too long. -- Teerawat Issariyakul
This was a very interesting read. Not a glorification of Steve Jobs but a wonderful portrayal of who he was. I appreciated the balance that Isaacson's used in writing this book. Much to my delight, this book was not only about Steve Jobs but was also how technology changed through the years so it was like learning history apart from getting to know Jobs a little bit better. What would have made a 5-star rating though was if the narration was better. I felt that the narrator could have improved by making the lines of people more distinct from the narration.
I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!
I never understood why people are so fascinated with Steve Jobs. Yes, he revolutionized many industries, and Yes I think its cool that the Iphone exists. But do we really want our heroes to be people that treat other people badly?
After many months I read this book because it was advised to me by a really smart person. So since innovation is something that interests me, I tough it was important to read it.
The thing is. Is not only that I dont admire Jobs at all, as he was a terrible father, friend and boss. But this is one of the first business related books that I have read and learn absolutely nothing. The only thing I can take from Jobs is that Less is more (no news here) and he was very good at that.
Apart from this, frankly, I dont see much I can learn from reading this book.
I learned so much from this book! Don't think I could have worked or been friends with Jobs, but he was brilliant at what he did. I think Apple users and those who enjoy computer history books would especially enjoy this book.
Fascinating and welll written description of Job personality, genius and struggles. Great listening and highly recommended.
Superb modern biography of a flawed genius. Warts and all story of the emergence of Apple the organisation, and the evolution of Jobs the man.
The life of this man change the world
That it True
It make me stay awake some nights just listening
The best resent biografi book that I read / listen
one of the best biographies ive read. so much detail and shows me the true embodiment of steve jobs. its like i know
"it's either shi* or the best. This is the best!"
excellent book, inspiration and emotional. 5 star rating, highly recommended. it will be one of the best books you read
Loved the story, way it was written, the reading. Fascinating insight into an incredible person
Loved it and would read again . So many highlights. I loved that people according to Jobs were either brilluant A types or Bozos ha! Exceptional human being albeit a lil complicated.
"A marathon but well worth the effort"
I'm so glad I was listening to rather than reading this book because it goes on for ever!
However, I feel it was well worth the perseverance and would recommend this book for anybody who is interested in the development of the PC, the Windows vs. IOS battle, where the iPod, iPhone and iPad came from, the amazing story of Toy Story and Pixar, or just the life and times of Steve Jobs himself.
A truly comprehensive book with impeccable sources and superb narrative.
Lifestory of a legend, book shows us how creative steave jobs was and how much discipline his designs had.
"hated apple till I listened to this"
I was never an apple fan. Always thought they just nicked other people's ideas but after listening to this I realised that it wasn't about that it was about making an idea better, the best it could be. I now have a real appreciation of what a genius Steve Jobs was. but my god what an uter git he was as well. RIP Steve Jobs.
"This was absolutely brilliant!"
I would (and have) recommended this to practically everyone. Fascinating from a human, social, business and technological perspective. An amazing insight into both Jobs' complex personality and the digital revolution.
"One of the best books."
What a bloke William Shakespeare of his century, highly recommend for everybody but especially for business book fans.
This is an excellent insight into the genius that changed the world for the better. A must read for all!
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