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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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    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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    Irit BROOKLINE, MA, United States 02-11-13
    Irit BROOKLINE, MA, United States 02-11-13
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    "Inspiring and captivating"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Perhaps. This is a biography of such an incredible person, you learn a lot from it, and might learn more by reading again.


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    Derek San Francisco Bay Area, California USA 02-11-13
    Derek San Francisco Bay Area, California USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2016

    Derek

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

    I would put this in my top 10 if not the top 5 books I've read or listened to...ever. I am an Apple fan so that probably influenced my opinion of the book but I found it really interesting. This is not only a book only about how great a man (maybe CEO is a better word because he wasn't a model human being) Steve was but is an honest look into his life. There are many unflattering things written here and the author had so much access to Steve that I can't imagine any other book being as accurate or authentic about Steve's life.


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

    There were many. It kind of turns upside down what I learned in business school 20 years ago about how to make product decisions with focus groups and manage people. I don't support Steve's management style but he did somehow motivate people to do things they didn't think they could do.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be motivational that anything is possible. I also enjoyed the history on how the various Apple products came into existence because I remember having some of them. This isn't like reading a history book of something before my lifetime which helped make it more relevant to me.All in all, I highly recommend the book regardless of whether or not you like Steve or Apple.

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    Jackie Silver Spring, MD, United States 02-11-13
    Jackie Silver Spring, MD, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A great glimpse into the world and mind of Jobs"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    It's a great story. Isaacson captures the details well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs.
    Jobs gave amazing access to Isaacson so it's more in depth than most biographies. It was raw, honest, and pretty cool to get a glimpse into his world.


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

    A little slow in the beginning and the time line jumps around a little bit, so I found it more difficult to get through in the book format. In the audio version you can just take it in and not worry so much about the slower parts.


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

    No. It's way too long. I did it over the course of a month 5-6 hours at a time. I looked forward to getting back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    A little slow in the beginning and the time line jumps around a little bit, but overall a great story.

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    Dan Mill Creek, WA, United States 02-11-13
    Dan Mill Creek, WA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The first Apple product I have ever purchased,,,"
    Any additional comments?

    Steve Jobs' bio is an amazing read for anyone and especially technologists. Isaacson looked from every angle at Jobs' life and didn't pull any punches in this balanced view of an often unbalanced man. Every success and every failure are pulled apart so the reader can get an uninhibited view of one of the most culturally and technologically influential men of our time. This is the THE book about Steve Jobs.

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    Mario 02-04-13
    Mario 02-04-13

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    "A Perspective Changing Content !!"

    The content is very fluid and detail (too much sometimes) and gives you a great inside into Steve Job's live, either if you are a Fan of Job's or a Historian looking for the development of the personal computer arena, this book will fulfill your expectations.

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    Janice M. Johnson 02-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read about an intriguing man"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was good but he had well written material to work with.


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

    I can't pick just one moment. Learning the behind the scenes decisions about Apple and the Mac and all of the products that have evolved over time was really interesting. And getting to know the Steve Jobs persona along the way is fascinating.


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

    Egocentric genius!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. One I will listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 02-01-13
    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "intriguing look inside Jobs and Apple"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    This was my first audio book, specifically to listen too after eye surgery. I found the narration to be quite good. The story of Steve Jobs was inspiring and eye opening. Gave me a much deeper respect for his design sense as well as all the other things that made Steve Steve.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve obviously


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

    Dylan did a fantastic job narrating


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

    Much too long a book for one sitting, but it did keep me engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm thinking that non fiction is my favorite for audible, fiction for old fashioned eyeballs

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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