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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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  • Tom
  • MARION, IN, United States
  • 03-25-13

Appreciate Steve Jobs more

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

Steve Jobs is actually the first book I have listened to other than the Bible. So, I couldn't give a fair rating.

What did you like best about this story?

Steve Jobs is an intriguing man. I love the honesty of the book. It revealed the good, bad, and the ugly side of him.

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

Dylan kept changed his voice when someone else was speaking in the book. He made it easy to listen to.

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

Steve Job's quest for perfection. There are leadership qualities I would like to emulate.

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  • Funky G
  • Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
  • 03-25-13

Incredible story!

If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

What a vision.

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

Returning to Apple and turning the world around.

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

Colour, life and excitement.

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

No

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An honest story

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

The honest detail.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the history of apple.

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

No but I plan on it after reading this book. He made an autobiography read more like a novel.

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  • Michael
  • EASLEY, SC, United States
  • 03-18-13

25 hrs of "a really bright rectal muscle"

Would you try another book from Walter Isaacson and/or Dylan Baker?

No

Has Steve Jobs turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Dylan Baker’s performance?

Goes on and on and on about the same basic story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

The book could have been 1/3 the length. There is nothing to be learned from Jobs. His brilliance was 100% intuitive.

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One of the best Biographies

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

Would recommend to others. Especially "techies".

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

His early days of doing drugs.

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

It's non-fiction, so he didn't perform the characters.

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

The need to always seek perfection, which is the basis of products like the iPod and the iPhone.

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  • Fabiola
  • WESLEY CHAPEL, FLORIDA, United States
  • 03-18-13

Great listen!

If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

Visionary, Leader, Creative

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

Most memorable moment was his personal story.. how he found himself.

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

Steve Jobs

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

Passion should be the basis for your goals.

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  • Rick
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 03-17-13

Brilliant!

I've listened to this 3 times and will easily hear it again in the near future. Do not pass on the opportunity to hear this epic story of the legendary Steve Jobs.

The world lost a great man!

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Wonderful.

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

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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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.