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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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Why we think it's Essential - Much has been written about Apple’s late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, but Walter Isaacson’s definitive bio is the only one authorized by Jobs himself. Based on interviews with Jobs and the people closest to him – including his wife and kids – this is an honest, revealing look at one of the greatest innovators of our time (and revolutionaries in the way we listen to books). — Diana M.

Publisher's Summary

Featuring a new epilogue read by the author.

From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs.

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    mrLami 03-02-13
    mrLami 03-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    Every now and then you read a biography that does not BS and actually paints the full picture of an individual life. This was one of those.<br/><br/>I was never a big fan of Steve Jobs and considered him to be frankly an a**hole. Going through a MBA program even made it worse with all my alpha colleagues using him as an example class after class during presentation, and to be frank something about mac faithfuls just use to erk me, even freak me out sometimes.<br/><br/>Well after going through three high end laptops that were faulty form HP and Dell in one year, I finally got a MacBook Pro (retina) Dec 2012 and my goodness it was like the engineers were thinking about me when they built it (even down to the little details like the tiny clip on the power adapter - I know I'm sounding like one of those mac fans now).<br/><br/>My boss kept talking about this book and pushing me to read it and so I finally did (well listened to it). It confirmed what I already knew about Steve. Yup... He was an a**hole who probably died of cancer partly due to this, but like every other human had so many other sides to him. This book delves into his bright and dark sides and paints a pretty clear picture of how he stumbled into the path he did.<br/><br/>I'm glad the guy the lived, and this is one bio I'll be reading at least once a year.

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    BSS GREEN BROOK, NJ, United States 03-01-13
    BSS GREEN BROOK, NJ, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    What a fascinating man. Everyone should listen or read this story. He is like the Thomas Edison or Einstein of our generation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The early history.


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    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 02-28-13
    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.

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    "A classic biography for anyone interested in Jobs"

    I gave a five to the biography and I enjoyed the reading from start to finish. There is so much to say with this subject that, I guess, it would be hard to write a biography that is not fascinating. For those who are not yet convinced that they should read it, I'd just say this.

    Steve Jobs did create Apple but the most successful early Apple products were done by someone else who did even want to be part of such a venture.
    He set up the Mac but it wasn't unclear that Mac was even such a success.
    He managed a large piece of the company but it took only a few years before all people around him decided to get rid of him.
    He created another company of his own and had to bankroll it and seemed to be doomed unless some crazy person would decide to buy it.
    And this goes on and on..

    Interestingly, the book shows that Jobs was able to get to success only after going forward after many from small to catastrophic failures. It takes greatness not to ever give up and the book offers a great example of resilience in the face of adversity.

    One place where the book falls very short is the complacency to the subject. This is not an autobiography but the reverence of the biographer is a bit distracting. To give you an example, the biographer goes so far as to make judgments about the relative merits of a Pixar movie compared to the movie of a competitor, even the movie had not been designed or managed by Jobs. As a biography, I felt the book is very obedient about focusing almost entirely on the subject's professional life and, although only by small strokes, on what is already known of the subject's personal life. There is a bit of a missed opportunity in not bringing forward some unknown anecdotes or personal moments to better understand the person and his choices.




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    PAUL 02-26-13
    PAUL 02-26-13
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    "The Truth About Jobs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - reveals the good and bad about Jobs; not necessarily in that order.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    I was shocked to learn how many time Jobs cried as an Executive among his peers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - too long to listen to in one sitting.


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    Maria NORFOLK, VA, United States 02-25-13
    Maria NORFOLK, VA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book, Great Listen!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was EXCELLENT! When I make my decisions of which books to purchase in the future, his name could be the deciding factor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    I enjoyed the 2nd half of the book the most, and loved the development of the iPod. It amazed me how the pieces fell into place.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely!


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    Tom Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-25-13
    Tom Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-25-13
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    "insightful & intriguing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    unbiased (mostly) look inside of one of the cultural shapers of our world today. despite knowing the endings of each scenario a suspense was written into the fabric of the book.<br/>highly recommended.


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    Matt Rosemount, MN, United States 02-24-13
    Matt Rosemount, MN, United States 02-24-13
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    "Inspirational"

    I had owned several iPods, iPhones and two different version of the iPad; but after listening to this was inspired to get my first MacBook Pro.

    I was impressed by the balance in the story telling presenting both Job's genius and flaws and I was inspired to be better in business and better as a father after the experience.

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    James 02-23-13
    James 02-23-13
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    "Unwinds the enigma that is Steve Jobs."

    Great reading of the book. Eye opening account of Jobs's life. You'll be surprised with how much this man accomplished in his short life.

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    2kittiesmom 02-18-13
    2kittiesmom 02-18-13
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    "Mr. Personality (not!)"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    There were many memorable things about Steve Jobs, but I was most taken aback with his total lack of humanity in some areas of his life. Most notably with his daughter Lisa, when she was born, he went so far as to deny paternity. He eventually took his head out of his you know what and had something akin to a relationship with her as she got older, but I don't think he ever got wiser.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The quicksilver nature of Jobs that could be infuriating one minute, consumingly charming and engaged another moment, and then completely cool, shut down, distant and unavailable the next. All this can be confusing in print, but is crystal clear when heard out loud.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me a total Apple convert, I am typing this on my iPad as we speak, and my next PC will be an Apple as well. I am not, however, a big Steve Jobs fan. This book has only confirmed my opinion. I learned a ton of stuff, though, which was my goal anyway, so it was well worth the price of admission.

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    Claudio Miami, FL, United States 02-17-13
    Claudio Miami, FL, United States 02-17-13
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    "I wasn't Apple fan, but this is amazing."
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    His way of searching for the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs itself, he was a genius.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the meetings at apple


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A simple life of a genius.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend everyone to read the book or listen this audiobook. It will motivate you to go further and think differently.

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