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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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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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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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Dis Junt Was Swaggin

Steve Jobs was an inspirational figure that was taken too soon. This book depicts his life perfectly. GET THIS AUDIOBOOK.

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  • Joseph
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • 05-12-13

One of a Kind

I loved Dylan Baker's narration of Grapes of Wrath. Not so much this one. Despite the nods towards Jobs' terrible interpersonal skills, the book still comes off as a bit too adulatory. However, for a story about a very unique and influential man who impacted so much of our day-to-day lives, it's a "5." He would have liked the karma of listening to the story on my IPhone. Very much appreciated Jobs' own words at the end.

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Excellent Audiobook

Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

Yes, and already have. It gave me a better understanding of Steve Jobs management style and thought process.

What did you like best about this story?

The timeline

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Would highly recommend

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Great listen!

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. <br/><br/>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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Love it !

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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Well worth it.

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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what a great story

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

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.