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
Say something about yourself!
Enjoyed listening to the biography of a man who embodied all that was human Perhaps he rode roughshod over some but always those persons would have turned out to be better human beings. Truth can never be compromised and that message comes screaming when we delve into Steve's life.
Isaacson does a thorough job of telling this real life and almost unbelievable tale.
It's great that he offers an opinion on the Mac vs everything else debate, and generally he does an excellent job, although sometimes his conclusions lack nuance.
I knew the order that everything happened in, but the brilliance of this book is the insight and detail into the people that it offers. So even as a technophile I learned a lot about key people, including Jobs and Gates. And Isaacson must be applauded for definitely not writing a one-sided account.
The narration was very professional but I never really got the feeling that I was being told a story - they were words being read.
History lover. Oil field owner. Milkshake drinker.
I am going to reread this book every year. Jobs' story is incredible and a great inspiration.
The tyrant who changed the world.
I loved it. Dylan Baker is a great narrator. I loved his work in Sedaris' books as well.
Grating, Genius & Determined
At first I almost stopped a third of the way in but am glad I persisted as the genius comes out more as you see why he did what he did, transforing not only the computing industry but also the music industry, not to mention the Pixar excellence.Its also an eye opener that high CEO's can be jerks and genius's all in one. He changed my world without me even knowing it, thank you, Steve Jobs.
I love scientific books, science fiction, books that reveal secrets, books about psychology, social behavior, physics, economics, inventions
This book has many stories to offer and what surprises is the objective view on the things that happened in the life of Jobs I personally really like the final words in the last chapter of Jobs himself.
I loved the biography, and thankful for being able to know the man from close. Wished the book also covered a more closer look on his personality, on how he spent his time, even if it would have made it longer... Absolutely facinating, honest, even on the dark sides. Thank you.
"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.
"Nobody is perfect, but....he is a legend."
This book was quite inspirational. With great clarity, it allows us to get inside the skin of a flawed man, somebody with a chip on his shoulder; and at same time, a man with determination and with an incredible vision.
There was no many people like him, a guy with a profound sense of rejection, weird eating habits, and sometimes even with a dubious philosophy of life. But he always carried the special sense that he was born to fulfil a mission, which was a bit more than just to become a millionaire. It was not easy and it is like he needed the emotional turmoil that guided him through his life; and is that internal struggle that made him somebody who can beat adversity, somebody who sticks to his ideas and battles furiously for his beliefs, to finally become a legend on his own right.
His legacy will still be present for many years to come, the careful creation of a world-wide brand like Apple will still shape our future for many generations... and his life, as this book shows us, will remind us that not even a "perfect" man; could achieved a "near-genius" status... You just have to put your mind and soul into whatever you are doing.
It has been one of my favourite books of this summer and the narration was clear and enjoyable. I truly recommend it.
Best biography I've read/listened to. A great account of a very complex individual. There is much to learn from a management / leadership angle and I found the narrator excellent
"Really good, enjoying it a lot :)"
Been listening to this as the radio is broke in my car, and have found that my road rage has actually been cured!
Content is interesting for someone who knew very little about Jobs, so really enjoying it as would never read it!
Jobs was indeed an amazing person who I have a great deal of respect for now having listened to this :)
"An amazing life, a huge book, made accessible"
This would have taken me months to read. I was glad an audio version came out so soon after the book was released.
It's all true, Jobs really did change the world. If you are interested in people, business or technology, there is something for you here.
There is more business than engineering in here, but it is still fascinating. If you are in the least bit interested, buy it now. You want be disappointed.
"Brilliant and educational"
I would never have read this if I didn't belong to a book club - it was excellent. Steve was a brilliant guy albeit difficult. Recommended.
I purchased this audio to listen to while driving to France. Even though it was quite long it was very interesting.
It was also quite good to start listening to it again when it finished as you can forget the details of his earlier life as it seemed so long ago you heard it.
I would recommend this audio even if like me, you are not a gadget person.
"Mind made up..."
Only 4 stars, because of my reaction to the man that was Steve Jobs. Without a doubt a hugely well researched and well written book, a real unveiling of the character of Jobs and how people around him became part of the Apple vision. What ever your reaction to Steve Jobs, it is without a doubt an incredible vision that he created and the book draws you into that idea. However my personal view of mr Jobs was changed and I ultimately came to conclusion that he would have been a nightmare to work for....! Great book, well worth the listen if you can last that long.
"Behind the Black Sweater"
There are some people who we maybe never really get to understand, we might never get in all the corners of their mind.
Steve Jobs seems to be one of those minds. Fascinating, infuriating, intolerant yet kind, driven by ideals not money, this story is compelling - even if you know most of the endings!
I can think of no better way than the documentary style of report that Isaacson delivers. Voiced at a beautiful pace, nuanced with humour and emotion at just the right level by Baker.
This book was immensely intriguing, well written, well read, and thoroughly enjoyable. Couldn't recommend it more!
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