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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs

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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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    Kelly ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-30-13
    Kelly ATLANTA, GA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting subject...poorly executed book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I probably shouldn't have read this after Arthur Herman's dual biography on Churchill and Ghandi. Herman's writing is superb. This book read like a long Rolling Stones article. I'd only recommend it because Steve Jobs is an absolutely fascinating human being.


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    D. Hoffman Kirkland, WA United States 06-11-13
    D. Hoffman Kirkland, WA United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Amazing Apple every actually made anything!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    This is an incredible behind the scenes story about Steve Jobs and Apple. You will be amazed that Apple exists today and that they produced the quality products everyone wants. Then on the other hand you can understand that is really was Steve Jobs that made Apple great.


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

    This is a riveting book and you will want to finish it as quickly as possible. Steve Jobs was an amazing person (even if not totally likeable) and in many ways the world could use more Steve Jobs. The book is very well researched and written.


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    Amazon Customer Tempe, AZ, United States 06-08-13
    Amazon Customer Tempe, AZ, United States 06-08-13
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    "Fascinating story!"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs, of course! To get even a glimpse into his mind was amazing. His values and thought processes are so different from mine. It was interesting to try to follow his thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    The historical information was just as interesting as the biography. Though I lived through the time period, there was so much that I hadn't heard about or understood. Meeting all the players and seeing their actions was great.

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    Carrlane Quackenbush Chicago 06-06-13
    Carrlane Quackenbush Chicago 06-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just great!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Visionary, manic, bully


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

    "Simplicity is sophistication" (simplicity is VERY hard work)


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Jobs


    Any additional comments?

    There was so much hype when Jobs died it took me some time to listen to this book thinking it would be too laden with superlatives. Not so! Isaason's telling is balanced, brutally honest and direct; he pulls no punches. Jobs comes across as a vissionary, perfectionist monster whose intense personality takes over his whole beeing and seeps all around him into a wildfire persuit of the next gadget which will change the world. Oh yeah, and on the way he transformed annimated film with Pixar! Jobs must have been tough to work for but he only worked with the best and they said he forced them to do things they did not think they could do; things they were not even sure were possible. Working for him must have been an amazing experience.

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    Shawnee 06-05-13
    Shawnee 06-05-13
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    "Great book and narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Yes! I was able to enjoy this book while driving. This was a great benefit since I don't have time to read a book most times.

    It has take me over 5 weeks to get through this book reading over an hour a day on 2x speed but this is well worth it. I knew I would enjoy this book but it is even more intriguing than I thought. This is a must read! The narrator did a great job as well.


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

    His impact on Pixar.


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

    Technology's Godfather.


    Any additional comments?

    He was a very intriguing man that had many sides to him. I was very surprised to find how complex he truly was. A true genius!

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    Christine A Stevens houston, texas 05-29-13
    Christine A Stevens houston, texas 05-29-13
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    "Great biography, great narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The story is fantastic. Loved the candor about his life and personality and how it all created this whole person who impacted the world as well as the lives of so many individuals.

    Also, the narrator was wonderful. It is quite a long listen, and I grew to look forward to hearing him read the next chapter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, it was about Steve. He definitely was a character! (This is an odd question for a biography.)


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

    No, but I will definitely look for more of his performances.


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

    Yes, but it was 25+ hours so it was impossible. Completed it in about a month listening on and off.


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    Susan Winter Garden, FL, United States 05-26-13
    Susan Winter Garden, FL, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "What a Guy"

    Walter Isaacson is probably one of the best biographers of our time: In fact, I am so impressed with this biography, I am moving straight on to "Einstein: His Life and Universe."

    The Steve Jobs biography is a rich exploration of Jobs's life. Isaacson enjoyed unpresedented access to Mr. Jobs while he was still living, and he used every moment of it well.

    Mr. Jobs was a complicated man; which, frankly, I wasn't expecting. I had no idea how infamous he was for ridculing employees to bits, or how binary he was in his thinking. ("It's fantastic, or, "it's s**t.") I highly recommend everyone pick this book up. To sum it up in one sentence: My next phone will be an iPhone.

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    Frank 05-22-13
    Frank 05-22-13
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    "Great book and excellent narration"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    The story was quite gripping! It seems like you get an entire picture of Jobs and when I completed the book I felt inspired. Highly recommend!


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was excellent which made the experience even better. His voice inflection and steady pace were spot on.


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

    A couple times I laughed out loud and a couple times I felt like I could cry listening to some of his personal triumphs.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the book! BTW, I am not an apple fan boy nor do I own any apple products. This is a great story about a very influential man in humankind.

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    E. Fina Providence, RI 05-22-13
    E. Fina Providence, RI 05-22-13
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    "Couldn't Put It Down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is current history so it made the book very interesting.


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

    No


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

    Told all my friends about it


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    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 05-16-13
    Sharon Nemeth Murch San Francisco Bay Area 05-16-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Enthralling and Disappointing"

    This book really held my attention, even though I have no knowledge of and minimal interest in either technology or business. And face it, that's what this book was about, which is where the disappointment comes in. This book is really a biography of Apple products, and Steve Jobs as he plays a role in them. It barely touches on family or feeling, and then only in the most superficial ways. Steve Jobs was a man who faced death, and he was a man who had pursued spiritual paths all his life. I would really like to have heard more about how he faced this final path -- the inner struggles -- not the fact that he whined when he was in pain.

    But this brings us to the narrator. He did an okay job with most of the subject matter in the book. He sounded like a TV news anchorman, or like a sportscaster. The problem is that this was all he could do. In those few moments when the book began to touch on Jobs' heart or soul, the narrator was unable to switch to a matching tone. He just read it off like the scores from the day's baseball games, and it robbed the little bit of humanity right out of the book.

    I did enjoy hearing about the creation of all the Apple products, and even their marketing. I did find myself cheering for Jobs, even when he was being a jerk. He was a man of vision, and a man or courage to be willing to take those extra steps to make his visions reality rather than going an easier, more cost effective route.

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