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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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  • Rohit
  • Calabasas, CA, United States
  • 12-19-12

#CoolStoryBro

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

Steve Jobs was an amazing visionary. This book gives a great level of insight into his inner-workings. I was able to draw parallels in my own life to understand others more deeply.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wozniak. Such a nice guy.

Which scene was your favorite?

Jobs' return to Apple and forcing all but two of the board of directors to resign.

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

It's not smart. It's genius.

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Interesting (and rather disturbing) view of Jobs.

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

Yes. Because it is a compelling story of one of the most important people of our generation.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

Depends on the book. I agree with the people who have said that his is not the right voice for this book, but he might be fine in another context.

Any additional comments?

Even though I am pretty sure that Steve Jobs would have been extremely difficult to get along with, there's no denying that he was one of the most influential people of his time. I think it was probably the same qualities that made him so difficult that allowed him to express his genius, thus providing us with true paradigm-shifting products. <br/><br/>I was uncertain if I wanted to continue reading this book because it made me feel kind of dirty to get such an intimate and unflattering view of one of my idols, but felt compelled to do so. I'm glad I did but must confess that my opinion of Jobs has changed quite a bit. I'm glad I didn't know or work for him, but am grateful that other people bore his brunt to "change the world."

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  • Vishnu
  • San Diego, USA
  • 12-17-12

Excellent listen and great narration.

Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.<br/>But the audio version is good.

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

This is my first book so far.

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration by Dylan.His voice is too clear and anyone can easily understand with ease.

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

The Genius!!!

Any additional comments?

The story is well written and in a simple terminology. The words used are easy to understand. Well written .

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  • Kirsten
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 12-11-12

Steve Jobs life is fascinating.

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

This book ranks pretty high among my reads for the year.

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

The story of bringing Apple back, Pixar and the iPod all occurring around the same time. Wow! To make such an impact is absolutely amazing.

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

Bono

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An incredible life journey of a persistent dreamer

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

This was a well researched and well rounded look into Steve Job's life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve Jobs for being himself.

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

No, but I enjoy his performance here.

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

Steve Jobs: Dream catcher

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Intriguing story; Poor narrator

What did you like best about Steve Jobs? What did you like least?

I liked the detail - lots of information most people don't know about Steve Jobs personally.

What did you like best about this story?

I suspect I would have liked this a lot better, had it been read by someone else. The narrator is really bad. He sounds amateurish, has a sing-song lilt that becomes annoying quickly, and sounds like a practiced high school reader. It gave the book a feeling of being amateurishly written, and I don't think that's the case.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

Absolutely not.

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Great writing, great read

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

The writing was excellent and the story was compelling. The book was a good history of the computer revolution and the story of how Apple climbed back to relevance was a wonderful lesson.

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

25 hours --- no shot at one sitting, as much fun as that would have been.

Any additional comments?

Get it. It is well worth it.

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  • Ricer
  • United States
  • 12-06-12

Incredible journey!

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

Insightful, eye opening, and motivating

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve jobs. The book is about him

Which scene was your favorite?

Steve in his younger years.

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

The journey of the modern Einstein.

Any additional comments?

Great work on the biography. This was an incredible window into the life of Steve Jobs

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  • MG
  • 12-06-12

Great Listen!

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

1

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about the back story of his life

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

Havent listened to many audio books

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

The end story leading to his death

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Great book, with some amazing insights into Steve!

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

#1

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

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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

He is very transparent in his read, very well done!

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

yes, though I couldn't