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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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    Christin 03-12-13
    Christin 03-12-13 Member Since 2017
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    My interest in apple and how it became the powerhouse it is today got me interested in the life of Steve Jobs. This biography was incredibly in depth and made me feel as though I was in the story, watching it unfold.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth in it. It didn't make Steve out to be an angel, but it didn't make him an enemy. It was an honest, unbiased viewpoint of the man behind the Apple.


    Any additional comments?

    Dylan Baker was phenomenal. His voice is soothing without being disinteresting, and the nuance in his inflections made me feel as though he were reading the story directly to me. Excellent, easy read.

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    Dominic Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-12-13
    Dominic Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-12-13
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    "Highly recommend"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I would enjoy them both.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how Apple become the Apple we know today. It made me look at all my Apple devices in a different light.


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

    Loved his readings of the quotes, especially the more heated ones. He brought a little extra "oomph" to some of those swears.


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

    No, I listened to it in 9 days, but I didn't have any specific goal.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a phenomenal read. Well written, unbelievably interesting, and entertaining. Learning how Apple became the Apple we know today was so fascinating and enlightening. I certainly look at all my Apple products differently. I definitely recommend it

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    youssef 03-11-13
    youssef 03-11-13

    Simply; Listener!

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    "Deep insight and great lessons to learn"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, giving a great and deep view about Jobs's experiences, also highlighting a very important era that started what is now the PC, the book talks about the competition between major companies in the field.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ive, the head of design at Apple.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Yes, great performance


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

    Steve jobs getting cancer and the value of life in his eyes, that reflected how bad those who have doubts about Allah's existence and religion can look to the life.


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    Spicy R Pepper 03-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome biography by an author with access"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best biography


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

    Steve Jobs is a unique human being. This is the authoritative biography by an author who was given access to key people who interacted with Steve Jobs. Not entirely flattering, but honest and informative.


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    Amazon Customer Bakersfield, CA, US 03-07-13
    Amazon Customer Bakersfield, CA, US 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Steve Jobs the genius and the man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    No, just a matter of preference.


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

    I would not make a comparison he was a very unique personality.


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

    Great


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

    When he learned that he was adopted and decided to embrace his father's: "We choose you"


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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 03-06-13
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 03-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Super biography"

    I, for some reason, resisted this book until I got a direct recommendation and I'm so glad I took the plunge. It's one of the best audiobooks ever for me. Isaacson's approach is easy to follow, well-paced, making connections without forcing false conclusions. It covers the technological revolution we've all been living through with one of the key players and Steve Jobs, in Isaacson's hands, is a fascinating character. It dragged for me only on very rare occasions. I found I was frequently looking up people or things that were talked about to read more or see a picture. I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute! I followed up with the DVD called Pirates of Silicon Valley, a TV movie made in 1999, which followed the early years of Jobs and Bill Gates, ending in 1997. It's on Itunes if you're in the U.S, which I'm not, but luckily library carried it. Time to find a good book about Bill Gates!

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    Arlene Berrien Springs, MI, United States 03-05-13
    Arlene Berrien Springs, MI, United States 03-05-13
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    "Captivating"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. It is an inspiring story of how a person with a passion gets things done. I would not necessarily employ the same tactics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One must not give up when faced with failure or rejection.


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

    Yes


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    Captain Kirk 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Only slightly biased"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    The background information to a very private person was interesting however the amount of detail into how Steve jobs approached running a business was very useful.


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    Anthony 03-04-13
    Anthony 03-04-13
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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    Very easy listen. Interesting story. Well rounded description of Jobs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His relationship with his kids towards the end of his life.


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    Rob New York, NY 03-04-13
    Rob New York, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting guy, but wanted more from the book"

    There are some great stories about Jobs in this book, and some interesting details about what made him a success. The book described how Jobs basically had two view points: (1) "This is sh*t" vs. (2) "this is the best thing ever." In many of the details of the book, the author used a similar mentality to describe Jobs. I wanted more nuance and subtlety to his personality, but often it just came off like he was either a dick or a thoughtful guy.

    The narrator also detracted from the quality of the book for me. It seemed that many odd words were enunciated and emphasized in a way that changed the meaning or the feeling of the sentence and took away from the story.

    Finally, I thought that a book about a tech innovator missed countless chances to innovate the audiobook. There were discussions of saved voicemails, or references to specific commercials and presentations that exist in real life. I would have loved for the book to be supplemented with the actual audio from these events. This was a particularly noteworthy absence when the book referenced a voicemail left by Bono of U2 that had been saved for ever. Then the narrator described what it sounded like. Why not just add the VM? Could have been so much better!

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