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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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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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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

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

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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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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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

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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  • Heather
  • Niceville, FL, United States
  • 03-04-13

Hard to get through

My goodness, never has it been such a struggle to let someone read a book to me. This was so dry and boring, I never got to part 2. I wanted to read the whole thing for the great information (much of it is filled with great information), but it was so written (and) read in so unenjoyable a manner, I decided I didn't need to know that bad.

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  • Robert
  • North York, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-04-13

iLiked it

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

iNsistent, iNtelligent, iMaginative

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing how his relationships went full circle and how the silicone valley evolved into what we all see as commonplace today.

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

The ability to get through the book while driving. If he wasn't reading it, I might not be either.

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

Having worked in the music industry, it was interesting to see how iTunes evolved and became what most people associate it to today.

Any additional comments?

Not a short book, but insightful and an interesting angle on leadership.

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WoW!

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

Not possible

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Every now and then you read a biography that does not BS and actually paints the full picture of an individual life. This was one of those.<br/><br/>I was never a big fan of Steve Jobs and considered him to be frankly an a**hole. Going through a MBA program even made it worse with all my alpha colleagues using him as an example class after class during presentation, and to be frank something about mac faithfuls just use to erk me, even freak me out sometimes.<br/><br/>Well after going through three high end laptops that were faulty form HP and Dell in one year, I finally got a MacBook Pro (retina) Dec 2012 and my goodness it was like the engineers were thinking about me when they built it (even down to the little details like the tiny clip on the power adapter - I know I'm sounding like one of those mac fans now).<br/><br/>My boss kept talking about this book and pushing me to read it and so I finally did (well listened to it). It confirmed what I already knew about Steve. Yup... He was an a**hole who probably died of cancer partly due to this, but like every other human had so many other sides to him. This book delves into his bright and dark sides and paints a pretty clear picture of how he stumbled into the path he did.<br/><br/>I'm glad the guy the lived, and this is one bio I'll be reading at least once a year.