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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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    Comickey PENSACOLA, FL, US 09-03-12
    Comickey PENSACOLA, FL, US 09-03-12
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    "What a brillant and complete view of a legend"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Walter Isaacson's attention to detail reminds me of Job's himself. The author was so detailed that in many ways I could see in my mind exactly what he was describing. Later, after listening to the book, I see references described by Isaacson on TV and Web, and I now have a better, thorough understanding of those events.


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

    To be honest, this was my first audiobook listen, and my first biography.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Dylan Baker's performance of Steve Jobs was pretty spot on. It felt as though I was really listening to Jobs himself. Overall, Baker was clear, and pleasant to listen to.


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

    The part from the first page, to the final page.


    Any additional comments?

    The only area of the book that fell off for me were the areas surrounding Steve Jobs' romantic relationships. While I understand that with this being a biography those areas are needed, I felt like they didn't fit. That said, they were just as well written and performed as the rest of the book.

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    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 09-03-12
    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Revealing, Entertaining, and Fun"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Insights into the mind of a great man, and the insights of others about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stories about the early days and seeing how those habits and views evolved into what we experienced in real life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are a few touching moments...make you realize that Jobs was as damaged as the rest of us, possibly more than average, and how it shaped him. Plenty of laughs...both "with" and "at" him.


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    Garret SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 09-03-12
    Garret SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 09-03-12
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    "Well Read Interesting Biography"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Time has become something of a rare commodity these days, which makes picking up and spending time with a larger book somewhat of a task. This was a book that I really wanted to read but at more than 600 pages I found it hard squeeze in the time to start and finish reading it. The moment I saw this title on audio I had to have it. Having the book on audio allowed me to do other task and still enjoy all the wonders that unfolded in the pages. If you are hungry for more time in your day and want to take in a great book. I would recommend picking up this audio book.


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

    The idea of Steve Jobs being a marketing and innovation genius cannot be denied. The book spelled this out in complete detail. However, I can say that Steve Jobs life outside of the Apple Inc. realm is not much different than most successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. By that I mean people who are determined to succeed usually sacrifice the normal way of life. They abandon the ones that they claim to care about. They talk to others any way they want and feel that it's their duty to make their point. And as in the case with Steve Jobs they take credit for things that others have done. The only difference (in my personal opinion) from this autobiography and others is the fact that I actually am part of the era in which the stories unfold. This makes the book resonant with me a lot more.


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

    Overall the book took on the life and legacy of Steve Jobs. However there was a moment during the middle portions of the book that I simply wanted to push the fast forward button. Some of the content in the middle pages seemed to drag on and was repetitive in nature. The book began to climax as it neared the end of Steve Jobs tenure at Apple.
    To take a look inside his life and to be able to see all that was going on behind the scenes was very intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    Dylan Baker did a wonderful job. He did a great job of avoiding the "monotone syndrome." His voice is very energetic and lively. This is a pleasure and is a must for any audio book.
    If this is one of the books on your list, I would recommend that you go for it. The audible version is a smart choice for our busy lives.

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    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 09-03-12
    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 09-03-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Amazing Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    The audio version kept me riveted from the beginning right up to--but excluding--the redundant and ham-handed next-to-last "summary" chapter.
    The only thing I would have liked better about the print version is that I could have confirmed more quickly that that chapter was a complete waste of time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs' for his combination of huge flaws and amazing creativity and accomplishment.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Baker's performance draws no attention to itself, and makes the story compelling and clear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me realize how much Jobs had to do with creating so much of the world I love in--and enjoy.


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    Erin DeAnjou 08-31-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Long but worth it."
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there! An impressively written like story of a surprisingly impressive man. Isaacson confirmed his expertise on biographies with this one. Whether you love or hate Jobs, this is a must read.


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    SleepingUgly North Carolina 08-30-12
    SleepingUgly North Carolina 08-30-12
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    "A most amazing man that I'm glad I never met"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    While I was listening to this, I really wished I had a hard copy version of the book to see the photos---Jobs' family and bio family, the buildings he designed, and all the designs that are central to the story. The visual elements are so important that I wondered whether there is a way for Audible to include photos with an audiobook like this. Tina Fey posted photos on the web to accompany the audio version of her memoir, "Bossypants". Couldn't at least that much be done for books like this?


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

    Of course, Benjamin Franklin. John Adams.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought Dylan Baker did a good job, but I found his mispronunciations to be distracting. For example, he never quite got "demur" right (the second syllable should be pronounced like "infer") and he ended up pronouncing it somewhere between "demur" and "demure".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It actually did make me cry, even though Jobs was such an S.O.B.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a Mac person, but reading this helped me appreciate many people's enthusiasm for Apple products. I recommend this book as an intriguing read.

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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 08-30-12
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible man, great listen."

    Amazing book, never got bored. An incredible man who put a major mark on all of our lives if you know it or not. Although flawed, Steve Jobs always seem to somehow make his flaws a positive. Incredible life journey. Very honest book, didn't feel the author filtered anything negative about Steve. All accounts of his life good and bad were written about. Maybe my favorite bio I've listened to so far. Narration by Dylan Baker spot on.

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    Hola5016 MERIDIAN, ID, United States 08-29-12
    Hola5016 MERIDIAN, ID, United States 08-29-12
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    "America is missing a genius!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Genius, Simple, Complex


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve because he is the reason we are as advanced as we are today.


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

    Bill Gates


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

    When Steve tells Bill Clinton he didn't know if he did it but if he did he better fess up to America.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book!

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    Katie Pat MA, USA 08-28-12
    Katie Pat MA, USA 08-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Katie

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    "An excellent book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the reader was fabulous! Much better to listen than to read, although I did both


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    Susan Osborne 08-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Great read about a fascinating person"
    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    the fact that he brought great design and functionality to computing


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

    when SJ told Larry Ellison that he didn't need any more money


    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?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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