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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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  • aaron
  • los angeles, CA, United States
  • 11-06-11

Absolutely INCREDIBLE Biography!

Authors PAY ATTENTION...This is what a biography SHOULD be. Well researched, perfectly constructed, and structurally sound, this biography will leave you fulfilled. Whether you were a casual fan of Jobs, or a die hard Apple nut, this book is a must read! Highly recommend unabridged.

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  • Sara
  • Batesville, AR, United States
  • 10-31-11

Great Jobs! Great job!

I am amazed at how good this biography actually is! Steve Jobs was a brilliant man with a sometimes appalling personality. I now understand why he was fired from Apple-- I would have voted to let him go as well-why his car had no license plate, why the mac computer is so great and why only he could have created iPad and iPhone.Well done Walter Isaacson! And the reader is perfect too.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Raleigh
  • greensboro, NC, United States
  • 11-08-11

the edison of our day in every way

jobs chose isaacson as his biographer
it's easy to see why jobs liked him so much
isaacson saw through the anger and power and hype

the least interesting person in this book may be steve jobs
he was relentlessly bratty / indulged / immature / shrill / mean
it's only his family and co-workers that made the story real

jobs' apple products were more fascinating he was
to be his customer was a better deal than to be his friend
by the end of the book you have some sympathy for bill gates

the recent edison biography told essentially the same story
the man was only understood by a hard look at this products
everything else religion/family/friends was just a footnote to that

jobs' life " stood at the corner of technology and liberal arts "
as the manager of that intersection you take your hat off to him
as a human being you might be tempted to put your hat back on



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Solid 5 Star...Listen, you won't be disappointed.

I just finished "Steve Jobs" and will probably go back and listen again on my iPod. I did not have a problem with the narration as some seemed to have. He wasn't trying to impersonate Steve Jobs or anyone else. He was narrating a book.
I feel Isaacson did a great job of capturing the essence of a man who was like a wisp of smoke, sometimes dark and heavy sometimes light and airy. I will never again pick up an Apple product without thinking of the man behind the company.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Colona, IL, United States
  • 11-01-11

Fantastic book about a troubled genius

This well-written portrayal of the genius founder of Apple Steve Jobs is hard to put down once you get started. Thankfully, the author was allowed by Jobs to get the true story behind his interesting life by interviewing his former employees, friends and family. The best part is following his long list of amazing accomplishments while learning the inside secrets of his troubled personal life. Amazing book!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Disgusting.

Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Everything about this book is wonderful except the man Steve Jobs himself. I'm not sure I've ever known a more selfish despicable man in my lifetime and grew to dislike him more and more with each chapter.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite man was Woz of course. A really good human being it seems.

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

Great presentation and great writing to put this book together for a man that deserves much less in my mind.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Who wouldn't have extreme reactions to a man that doesn't bath, and washed his feet in the toilet or shouts obscenities at employee's in front of rooms of people to take all pride away. Who wouldn't have a reaction to lying about so much to so many and even trying to pretend this isn't his child as he branded the mother as trash and a whore and sued her.<br/><br/> Do human beings get lower than this, and all the time pretending it has nothing to do with money as he hoards in all the cash to himself and helps almost no one. Dying with billions in the bank says all you need to know about what a jerk and crummy human being this was and everyone let him get away with his bizarre act because he knew how to make money, and they all hung on to get their piece of the wealth.

Any additional comments?

A marketing genius and fantastic design engineer and thief by trade still makes this man a rotten human being in my book.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 03-24-12

A Lot About Jobs... Almost enough.

Massive work and the scattered gaps in the history are merely curious not damaging. Issacson's filter is intelligent. Truly enjoyed the complexity of Job's character as its presented and the way the author attempts to fit it into an explanatory narrative. Similarly, the feeling of time and place will inform readers for, well, perhaps centuries.

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Well Written Biography

As biographies go (and I do really like reading them), this is one of the better ones. Isaacson does not try to paint Jobs as something he was not, but rather tries to tell it like it really was. It is well written, and gives a lot of insight into the life of one of the most influential men in America. I came away feeling like I really knew Steve Jobs. I'm not sure I would have liked him had I really known him, but I would have found him fascinating. His life is a tough one for someone to write about, but Jobs granted Isaacson the information that he wanted to do a thorough job. In a way, it made it so Steve was in control of the story of his life. He knew people would be writing about him, and he couldn't leave it to chance. He decided to cooperate with Isaacson so that someone could get the facts right before other people messed it all up. Steve was a control freak. He was also a detail person. The design of things was as important to him as the functionality. Every time I look at my ipod now, I understand why it looks and acts the way it does. I saw a man playing with his iphone today. It had a rubberized cover on it, and I found myself thinking that Jobs would have had a fit if he saw his beautiful design desecrated in such a way.

I am grateful that there are people like Steve Jobs in the world. He pushed others to "think outside the box" (sorry for the cliche, but it just fits so well). He caused others to be better than they started out to be because of the challenge to "be as good as Apple" or Pixar, or whatever else Steve had his influence on. The ripple effect from his innovations will continue to be felt for many generations. RIP Steve. The world is a better place because you were here.

The narrator, Dylan Baker, was perfect for this book. I started to believe he was actually Steve Jobs at times. He has that same straight forward, tell-it-like-it-is feeling to his voice.

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  • Ulka Vaj
  • Crofton, MD United States
  • 10-30-11

Thoroughly Fascinating

The book is full of details and drama as well as trying to depict Jobs' true character. Many people know the names of big CEO's business-wise but Steve Jobs life perpetuated legendary tales and myths. Many people don't understand Apple culture and the drive behind it; a reality created by Steve Jobs. This book will go far into bringing you that understanding and for those who follow all of Apple lore it'll add more dimension to what you know and correct wrong assumptions.

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Well written, amazing story and new insights.

I stayed up late to wait for this to be released on Audible. It was worth it. I listened non-stop to the book on my iPhone. There was a lot of new stories in it I hadn't heard before. The books flows really well, Walter Isaacson's writing is great. If you are interested in hearing about Steve Job''s life, then this book is a perfect experience. A lot of funny moments, and a lot of "huh, seriously?" moments too.

51 of 63 people found this review helpful