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
Seafood professional, Adelaide Australia
As biographies go this was long and detailed but provides a fascinating insight into the work of someone who was clearly a brilliant man combining understanding of technology with an acute business sense. The book could have maybe been a couple of hours shorter and there was a small degree of repetition but these are trivial issue and did nothing to spoil my read. Was great that I could relive some of the events described in the book as all Job's media intros of products are available on youtube. The book also gives some insights into some of the other tech wizards around at the time. I'm left thinking what else jobs would have come up with if he had survived. A highly recommended read.
Its like standing and watching a life of a GENIUS just passed by you... WOW !
This is an interesting story, however the same point was mentioned many times within the book which makes the book lasting over 24 hours!
Infopreneur and foodevangelist, 72. Married since 1965. Two children and 5 grand children. Love my family, seafood, fishing and walking.
Walter Isaacson, once again, not only presenting the person, Steve Jobs, bit the entire US digital industri. It is like a thriller following the stories aboit Apple creating products we did not know we needed before it was released. And with the force of Steve Jobs creativity and energy. It is time, well invested, to listen to this amazing story.
Yes I would, Steve Jobs was a very complex person and this book gives you insight to some of his traits, it helps you understand the man behind the myth and gives you a good reference point and some nice quotes you can show off with latter.
Like all other biographical books this book shows an aspect of who the person was, but this is also biased by the authors own point of view, you'd need to read a couple more books to have a better, rounded perspective.
The performance was pretty good, it was not distracting and not being a novel the voice actors don't try to dramatize the content which is refreshing but also makes it easier to listen to. So there are no favorite characters, just the overall experience.
Steve Jobs was a successful entrepreneur that had to learn recover from his mistakes, if not learn from them, I believe the key strength he had was the ability to identify an opportunity and his unwavering commitment to excellence.
"A fascinating insight into a flawed genius"
I'm not a fan of all of the approaches that Apple take to their products, but I do greatly appreciate and respect what they do well, and there's an awful lot they do exceptionally well.
With that proviso I found this book excellent and informative, I learnt things that I wasn't aware with regard to the links between Jobs / Wozniak and the early days of computing in the home, that I grew up with as a child. I also gained a great insight into the incredible attention to detail that has been part of everything Jobs has been involved in.
Jobs' utter dedication to perfection and driving those around him to achieve great things is brilliant, but is balanced by a character that, during his work life at least, has almost no empathy for others around him.
It's very much a warts 'n' all book in that sense, but the passion that Jobs and those that he surrounded himself with brought to their product design is inspiring to read, and leaves the reader wondering whether Apple would be what it is today if he'd been a little more sympathetic. I'm also left wondering whether the Apple he leaves behind will continue to create the new markets that now exist simply because of products Apple created, or improved, way beyond what others had done before.
The other sections of teh book are equally engaging, especially the sections about his time with Pixar where Jobs' more human side seems to come through and the genius of those around him is given more visibility.
I'm left with a view of a (literally) fatally flawed genius, whose passion drove some amazingly skilled people to do great things, but whose personality I dislike as much as I appreciate the products he helped to create.
The best audiobook (and book) I've ever heard (or read). Insightful and well written Jobs led a very colourful life and for those interested in business you'll learn more by listening to this book than you will from the equivalent time in lectures at business school (though I'd probably ignore anything to do with human resource management from the school of Jobs!)
I didn't think I could manage 25hrs of an audio book, but I was enthralled with it. It confirms that Steve Jobs was not the kind of person many people would want to work for but was a genius who managed to put together Apple twice and Pixar. He was a visionary and he has changed the way many of us now work and play.
Very well wtitten biography. I am not an apple fan or consumer, but I always admired Steve Jobs. Even though I dont think he was a good person, he revolutionised the world of technology.
I was afraid that this might be a one-sided story, but it seems to give an objective image of Steve's life. The story is based on interviews with Jobs and a lot of other people who knew him.
"Interesting, informative and inspiring"
Must admit I've worked in IT for years, and only recently bought an iPhone and then a iPad so I was curious about Jobs - the man who became a bit of an IT legend. While the book won't fulfil everyone (esp. if you already know a lot about Jobs and his career), for me, it was an interesting insight into a truly inspiring character. I liked it. Not an earth shattering book - but the closest to the true person I'd expect.
No words to describe how much I enjoyed this. An ultimate classic for 'rebels' and 'odds'.
"Lessons learned and a great journey..."
For anyone who finds business and the history of computers interesting, this is a must read. It has inspired me to do better both professionally and personally. An excellent book. Oh, and just one more thing, I listened to it on my iPhone.
"A flawed genius"
I have had Apple computers, etc, since 1988 and think they are wonderful so was intrigued to hear about the life of the man behind so many ground-breaking inventions that have changed to way we interact with computers, listen to words and music and communicate. It's a fascinating biography and lends credence to the belief that geniuses are difficult to live and work with. Steve Jobs was a strange mix of hippie non-conformist who cared little for the trappings of wealth and yet strove to make billions. A perfectionist over design and a visionary over creating things that we didn't think we wanted that we end up feeling unable to live without. His untimely death was a great loss to the world of new ideas. A great listen especially if you love Apple devices.
"Author pulls no punches"
Really interesting look at jobs life and his achievements. The author pulls no punches when it comes to jobs reputation. A really interesting and enjoyable read.
"I am not an Apple enthusiast"
Even though I would not buy apple products I would recommend this book to everybody. Well written and narrated, gives an insight on the genius of Steve Jobs.
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