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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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  • Carole
  • BARTLETT, TN, United States
  • 11-01-13

Listened to it, from beginning to end, twice!

What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

An amazing life narration, skillfully written and told, about a brilliant man who drop-kicked technology forward. The book highlighted Steve Jobs' extraordinary talents and flaws in the context of his personal and professional life, and the entire story was mesmerizing, from beginning to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve Jobs, his own best and worst friend.

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

Genius among us.

Any additional comments?

I'll keep this book in my library, to read again.

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  • John
  • GERMANTOWN, TN, United States
  • 11-01-13

Interesting, though written favorably for Jobs

What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed learning about his background, thought process, and perspective as he took us through the certain events of his life.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I felt like the narrator had a campy presentation. I felt like his manner of speaking didn't at all meld with how it was written.

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

Nothing really, though if I had to pick something it may be how he went through the period of time when he knew life was short. I think that's a scary time for anyone, and to see how one reacts and compare that to how you think you would react is a scary place to be.

Any additional comments?

I did feel as though the author was particularly harsh of others that Jobs had a negative thought on. Walter seemed to search and enhance certain events to make it more favorable for Steve Jobs.

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  • George
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-21-13

Love him or Hate him, he was brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

Steve Jobs was much more than just Apple and Walter Isaacson does an incredible job telling his story and holds no punches on the good versus bad. If you love biographies this is a must listen. You get great insight into how a brilliant marketer and leader worked and how it affected his daily life.

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

Learning about Steve's quirky diet habits made for a few interesting stories.

Any additional comments?

Many times during the book, I thought that I seriously would hate working for Steve Jobs, but I would always be pulled back to the fact that he was a brilliant although difficult leader that got results.<br/><br/>It is true that he didn't create it all, but he had the vision to know how it should be done to be the best for the customer.<br/><br/>Definitely worth the listen/read.

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  • David
  • Brunswick, OH, United States
  • 10-15-13

Good book and Great Narration

Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

Yes, it was interesting and fascinating to hear a story about such an unconventional person

Who was your favorite character and why?

His parents were obviously very intelligent people who managed to raise a very intelligent and uncooperative child very well.

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

I haven't, but will.

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

It's too long for one sitting. DVT.... Look it up

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Thought-provoking.

Any additional comments?

Before I bought this book I'd read a number of comments trashing the narrator, so I put off buying it for awhile. Now that I'm listening to it, I don't know why some objected to him so vociferously. I think he's fine, and I like the emotional, slightly sarcastic, and informal tone of his voice modulation; it seems to fit the personality very well of the protagonist. <br/><br/>I guess preference for the narrator is a highly individual thing, and I shouldn't assume that my experience will be the same as someone else's. Next time I'm curious about a book, I won't hesitate just because someone else doesn't like it! :)

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Started out good...

What did you like best about Steve Jobs? What did you like least?

Most: the details of his personal life prior to and away from work. Least: all the rehashing of conversations/conflicts with co-workers.

Would you be willing to try another book from Walter Isaacson? Why or why not?

Sure, even though this book wasnt for me. I got the feeling that Steve Jobs might have redirected the focus of the book to do a little axe grinding.

Did Dylan Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Sure, but there were too many characters that were unknown to me and they weren't developed and became boring.

Was Steve Jobs worth the listening time?

Not for my taste. I got extremely bored and began skipping chapters after listening to a few minutes.

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  • Brandon
  • Crediton, ON, Canada
  • 10-06-13

Life Changing

What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

This book was impressive. It gave more understanding no only of Steve Jobs but also his ultra successful thinking.

What did you like best about this story?

Steve Jobs intensity about his products and company.

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Great story and performance...honest.

What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

HIs attention to detail and his drive for excellence. His willingness to go against the "experts," trusting his instincts about what people would truly love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jobs. For all of the reasons listed above. Also, he could be a real jerk, and even he admitted that and didn't try to quash that perspective that many people brought to his story.

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

He did a great job subtly differentiating between different people voices and accents.

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

His tribute to his wife and her ability to live with him despite his "difficult" behavior.

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Takes you through a Journey

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

Top of my list

What did you like best about this story?

Immerses you

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

Not listened to other Dylan performances. I would again gladly

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

No. its best enjoyed over several days.

Any additional comments?

This is an awesome book. Its truly a journey from Steve's early years through the tough times and successes. <br/>You can see him grow and learn from this mistakes. Many examples along the way give you insight into his personality which is not always good. Its an honest biography.

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  • Brad
  • Wilmington NC, United States
  • 09-13-13

Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The quality of the story and the narration are exemplary. I learned a lot from listening.