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
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It is probably equally good in the printed edition
All moments. It is a fantastic book
"Inspirational: a flawed genius"
My first biographic audiobook so wasn't sure how I'd take it but thought it was engaging and fascinating.
The times when his obsession with perfection clouded every logical conclusion.
His 'reality distortion field' which whilst making him almost impossible to work for/with, also pushed people around him to do things which they thought were impossible. This is why Apple is were they are today. Jobs still lives there in spirit.
It was understated but clear and well delivered.
His battle against cancer.
"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.
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