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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs Audiobook

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Grace 05-08-13
    Grace 05-08-13
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Passion, vision, focus.


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    I really liked the book, so complete, detailed, with good narration. I liked to know the history of computers.

    A biography of a person that was "insanely great" and passionate at what he did. In constant conflict with people, impatient and living in a reality distortion. Rules didn't applied to him. He was always pushing people to do what they thought impossible. In his bipolar view of the world everything was great or sh*t. He really was a genius as a businessman. As a person I wouldn't have liked to be around him.

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    IPS 05-04-13
    IPS 05-04-13
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, honest, thought provoking


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few points in the book where Steve explains the importance of doing things for their own sake rather than to make money. I found that very refreshing.


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    Phil Johnson Walnut Creek, CA USA 05-02-13
    Phil Johnson Walnut Creek, CA USA 05-02-13 Member Since 2017

    #1 Aud Bks: T Help,T Darling, All D Sedaris,Prayer for Owen M.All G Flynn ,Secrt Lang of Bees, Bel Canto, 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Star

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    Great story, good enough reading and writing. Steve Jobs is the star here. Worth listening to for so many reasons- stick to your vision, hard work pays off, you can be talented and a jerk, etc.
    I wasn't initially interested in reading about Steve, although I am an Apple fan, but friends recommended the print book for the story, and I wasn't disappointed. Highly recommended.

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    Philip 04-26-13
    Philip 04-26-13
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    inventor, fearless, genius


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

    when he brought apple back to life with his return


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

    his reading of the book was great. really enjoyed listening to him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    can't point out just one. the complete story was amazing.


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    Norma Spring, Texas, United States 04-26-13
    Norma Spring, Texas, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What an individual!!!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, foresight and bullish


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

    Acknowledging his first daughter.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to any of Dylan Baker's other performances.


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

    It Has to be White


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the book.

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    BADBOYBERTO ANTIOCH, CA, United States 04-24-13
    BADBOYBERTO ANTIOCH, CA, United States 04-24-13
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?


    Whether you realize it or not, Steve Jobs changed the world.
    This is a Great Book on a Great Mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Starts from Steve's childhood, to high school, traveling India, getting the idea for a computer, blue box, and Apple.
    Its long, but broken up into short chapters.


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    Amazon Customer Huntsville, AL 04-14-13
    Amazon Customer Huntsville, AL 04-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An account of Steve Jobs, and incidentally the PC"

    It is beyond obvious to say that Steve Jobs is a polarizing figure. Whether you love him or hate him (he certainly gave people ample reason to do either, or both), it is hard to deny that his life and personality certainly aren't boring. While I am personally ambivalent about Jobs, his is a story which begs to be told, and Walter Isaacson was the man to do it. Isaacson's detailed research and excellent writing elevate this to a must-read title for anyone with even a mild interest in the genre of biography, which definitely describes me. Isaacson's style neither holds back from the whole truth nor descends into excessive editorialism, rather giving both a sense of both Jobs's accomplishments and his great failures and sometimes shocking callousness and cruelty. One can certainly sense the eternal contradictions of a man who saw himself as a passionate crusader to benefit humanity, yet also seemed almost pathologically compelled towards mistreating those around him. It is credit to the quality of the writing that, while I cannot say I am a Jobs fan, I can see how he inspired a type of loyalty in his long-time friends and associates, even as they had little illusion about his failings. Additionally, I found the book to be a pretty fascinating history of the dawn of the PC age and the evolution of Silicon Valley and enjoyed the times Bill Gates entered the story: he gets my appreciation as perhaps the only man to consistently call Jobs out on his BS. As far as the performance goes, it is adequate, but not great. I found Dylan Baker's narration fine, but his voice as Jobs to be a little nasal and definitely not capturing the man's charisma, though I didn't feel that it detracted from the overall experience.

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    james Algona, WA, United States 04-12-13
    james Algona, WA, United States 04-12-13
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Think Different!


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

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great to hear what Apple was and is all about. People always say it is expensive and other OS and Smart devices are better an cheaper in price -but there is a reason why...

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    K. LaSala NJ 04-12-13
    K. LaSala NJ 04-12-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow, Steve Jobs was a jerk!"
    What did you like best about Steve Jobs? What did you like least?

    Wow. As I got more into the book I just kept thinking, wow, I never knew what a total ass Steve Jobs was. This is a loooong book but it was very interesting to learn to whole Apple/Mac history and to get some insight on SJ and how such a genius worked. He was a very strange fellow, as many brilliant people tend to be. Peeking into his messed up family life was quite interesting and you could start to see how it shaped him and how as life went on, he tried to repair some of those relationships. It's definitely worth the listen.

    I wasn't crazy about the narrator or the point of view it was written from. It took me a while to get used to both. There's a lot of "he told me this" and "upon his recollection..."

    But still a good listen.


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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 04-09-13
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2015

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

    It is in the top few non-fiction books I've read.


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    I've read other biographies that either try to turn the subject into a saint, or add so much detail they drag on, but this was a winner in both departments. Jobs comes across as the genius and jerk that he really was, and the details really tie everything together. I am computer engineer, but I've read non-fiction about technology that bored me to tears. This goes way beyond technology, and really gets into the fundamental question: what is the difference between a CEO who leads a company into failure, and a CEO which turns a nearly-bankrupt company into the largest company in the world?


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good narration.


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

    This book is best enjoyed over multiple sittings, because there is much to absorb and digest. Jobs is presented in all his complexity, leading his employees to absolute brilliance, and driving them out of the company with his temper and whimsical opinions.


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