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've only listened to George R.R. Martin's
This is where the book falls down, Walter was good, but Dylan Baker needs more voices, Steve's quotes were a little differentiated from Baker's own voice, but the other characters, Woz, Hertzfield, Gates, etc... were the same as Baker's own voice.
An excellent biography which provides a sympathetic and convincing portrayal of Jobs, while not disguising his faults. Unfortunately, the reader appears not to have rehearsed sufficiently. When he comes across a new name he pauses momentarily as though unsure how to pronounce it, putting odd verbal quotes around names.
If you ever had doubts about your passion in life then listen to this book... you will never doubt yourself again
If you believe in something stick with it
The narration and the story was well put together so full credit to both Walter Isaacson and Dylan Baker in his delivery of an outstanding story.
For all those that worked with him, for him or knew him they would have their own version of Steve Jobs, but for the rest of us we will form our own thoughts based on what your heard or have read... but one thing none of us can change Steve Jobs has truly changed the way many in this world communicate..
Steve Jobs, the man accomplished so much in his life and the way he lived it is amazing. But it is not all sunshine that he lived
The narrator is ok but the audio quality isn't that great i.m.o
We are not fond by rules
Audio version is far better than print one, because you can walk while listening... just like Steve Jobs would do.
The one, when Steve Jobs says that he is an ordinary middle-class man. And he just does what he think is the best he could do.
Even if you hate Steve Jobs as a person, you must agree, that his influence was far and wide. And it would be good to know his motives. In any case, this book was written so anyone may have learn a little more about him.
The fact that he was true to his beliefs.
Feelings and nuances, it is almost dramatized.
Out of the box.
I got the kindle to be able to get books with me anywhere I go, Audible is so much better, I
As good as any
Jobs' interactions with other big players in business, Disney, Microsoft, adobe, etc
Impossible, too long, but I listened whenever I could over the week
Isaacson has put together a terrific biography, with views from all sides & comments from Jobs directly and archives, as well as perspectives from all kinds of people involved with Jobs throughout the years. This is no small feat and deserves accolades for the effort. Highly recommended.
It was so fascinating that for two weeks while I was listening to this audiobook, I was cut off from everything else. I would have to believe that even the greatest of story teller would have found it difficult to imagine a story that would be as fascinating as the real life events of Steve Jobs. Narration was fantastic, but the greatest part was the story. How the writer took a bird's eye view of Steve Jobs' life and wrote the autobiography in the most unbiased manner. Lastly, Steve Jobs with all his irrationality and ill behavior was still the greatest visionary of our times and whose contribution to our lives have been far greater than most people in this era.
Inspirational, petulant, but strangely likable.
Steve Jobs. It was interesting to find out more about Jobs' whirlwind personality. As I progressed through the book, Steve's annoying arrogance peeled away and revealed his true personality. Intelligent and rough around the edges.
No, but the narration was excellent. The narrator's voice took some getting used to, but I ended up liking his no-frill approach.
Jobs' written declaration of love toward his wife near the end of his life, uncovered his sensitive and human side. A rare and moving occurrence.
I really liked this book, because it's a brutally honest portrait of a truly inspirational technological leader. It doesn't attempt to
"The compelling story of a flawed genius"
I bought the print version and it sat on my bedside table for a year without being opened. Being such a long book, it is a difficult thing to start. I listened to this over the course of a month, dipping in on car journeys or in the bath. It's the only way I could get into it!
The tempestuous story of the young Steve Jobs making mistakes and inspired leaps on founding the company and growing it from his garage in to the huge company it was in the 80's and then losing the whole thing.
I don't think this is story meant to move you, but to tell you about Steve Jobs, warts and all. It isn't moving, but it is inspiring.
"Revealing in unexpected ways"
The story of course, but also the picture of how he, and the many people who helped him, built a fantastic brand.
Not really applicable
Undoubtedly the many where he's ranting about things that are not good enough.
Couldn't put it down.
Strangely, reading this book has made me vastly more intolerant when it comes to bad service and badly designed products. I've never been an Apple fan boy, but it actually made me try and buy a MacBook. Why? Because it works!
"Love him or hate him - what a story"
Steve Jobs is a Marmite character - you either love him or hate him but whichever camp you fall into you cannot deny that his ideas have changed the way we view gadgets and technology.
His passion, well one would almost say his obsession, with not just making ordinary products but products that would fit seamlessly into everyday life is fascinating to read/hear about.
The book is not just about his high points but is honest and shows the darker side of Steve's character. The tan trums when he doesn't get his own way, the way he abandoned family members, the way he sometimes treated employees and competitors is at times shocking!
I devoured this inside of a week and enjoyed every minute of it.
"Worth every minute listening"
I would definitely recommend this audiobook. It is one of the most enjoyable books I have listened to in a long time.
It was all great, but I especially loved hearing all about the development of the products and the reasons why they went with the features and how they came up with the ideas.
I think it was well delivered and as i was pregnant at the time i would not have managed such an enjoyable read i don't think.
"A great true story"
I liked the first hand, detailed recounts of each person in the story.
The detail of each part of the Steve Jobs' life.
Walter gives insight into his meetings with Jobs
Creativity, inspiration, occasional akwardness!
"Fascinating review of an incredible man"
yes - it tells the story of the modern desktop and how we got to what we have today, through the life of a major influence in this development.
I can't think of one.
No I haven't
You may not like him,but you have to love him!
It was probably a bit too long at 25 hours. Maybe the abridged version would have been better, but still, it was definitely worth the time invested in it.
A genius and a great loss to the world of technology when he passed. His demand for perfection may have made him a difficult taskmaster, but it is sometimes difficult for a person like Jobs to understand why others do not share one's ideals.
In spite of the length of the book, I was disappointed to reach the end of it.
Well written and well narrated.
"Mind blowingly addictive read. ( super awesome)"
Not in its entirety, but may reference certain parts. It really pulls you in and you cant stop listening but ultimately it occurred to me about 2/3 through i was basically listening to an extreme audio soap opera which i dont think i could handle again.
Its bizzarely motivating, you find yourself anilysing your own shortcomings both domestically and proffesionally. It is a bit like a therapy session,
I have never read a biography before only auto biographies through fear they were just rushed half truths aimed at pocketing cash.
Never fear this book has been heavily researched through extensive interviews, document search and av sources, the author explains the methods he used in quite a great detail during the introduction. Personally i was put at ease and relaxed knowing i was listening to something that was as true as is possible when dealing with recollection.
I listened whilst driving around at work, i did consider it would be amusing if people could see the faces i was pulling. Some laughs, some tears but mostly astonished grimmaces as Steve does something else astounding.
Seriously i love audiobooks and always procrastinate over which to get, i wouldnt have thought id like this but i would be pretty confident that anyone would get something out of this and most would be gripped as i was.
I have to say that i never excpected to learn so much about apple and there products from inception and as an accidental but now addicted ipad user im really glad about that. Im so happy to know he was trying to create intuitive beautiful products where making money wasnt always the number 1 aim. I loved the history and could really feel the timeline as i placed it against my first experience of apple at school.
You will love, hate, laugh and cry....................
But do think different.
"What a powerful book"
A mad Genius
Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the lifestyle of billions. They do not come by often in a lifetime.
This one is the ultimate
Oh yes but that was not really possible
This book has changed a lot of my views about the electronic revolution. I always thought that Steve Jobs was a control freak who wanted to control every aspect of the Apple Aficionados. His vision was quite different: He wanted to offer the user a very easy way to enjoy the equipment and the software that goes with it. This gave Apple full responsibility of the product they were selling. Not many companies take on board this kind of resposibilty.
"Must have been hell to live with"
Long and tedious story of what was clearly avert brilliant man with obsessional problems who must have been hell to live with. It is not an easy read unless you are a technophobe with an obsession for historical detail, but still difficult to put down.
Only if they are technophobes!!!
He did a pretty good job all tod.
No. I wouldn't like to be anything like him, even for all the money.
He must have made.
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