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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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  • Herve
  • Bay Area, CA
  • 10-28-12

Great story to listen to... !

Very easy story to listen to, which got me impatient to get in my car to commute, and made it hard for me to stop...

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Steve Jobs - inspirational and a cautionary tale

What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

His ability to see that reality is highly malleable and his belief that he could dent the universe. I deeply appreciated his capacity to see the future and pay attention to detail. A rare creature. And I loved that he successfully pushed people to succeed doing the impossible.

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

He reminded me of the title "In the Garden of Good and Evil". Steve's personality seemed really I integrated and he was cruel and brilliant. Difficult.

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

I've never heard Dylan narrate before but he was fantastic. He really captured the spirit of Steve Jobs - his drive and his whine!

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

This book was highly compelling and very dense. It took me several weeks to finish.

Any additional comments?

I'm an Apple enthusiast so it was great to get a deep understand of their journey and my appreciation for their products were deepened by reading this book.

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A wasted opportunity to interview Steve Jobs

I couldn't be more mixed in my opinions. If you are interested in Steve Jobs, by all means, get this book. It's entertaining, and the biographer's personal time with Steve does give us some great new insights. That being said, my critique of this book is that the biographer, having no real understanding of the tech industry or Apple, completely wasted his exclusive time with Steve Jobs to ask the deeper questions that Steve Jobs fans really would have liked. As a standalone book on Steve, it's a good value. It's just a shame that nobody else was around for Steve's last days to write the truly insightful definitive biography I would have really liked to have read.

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  • vivek
  • North Brunswick, NJ, United States
  • 10-10-12

Very good read

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A very good biography. Covers both the good and bad aspects. In my opinion there are several management lessons and takeaways. One could also infer the type of challenges the company could face after Steve.

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  • Adam
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-10-12

Great book for those interested in Steve Jobs

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

There is so much we can learn, good and bad, from Steve Jobs. His story is amazing when you think of his humble beginnings and what he accomplished.

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

There are so many, but I would have to say the stories of how small silicon valley was and how young Steve could just go down the street and learn from engineers in their driveways.

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

Mr. Baker did a good job moving the story along and changing his voice to distinguish between characters.

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  • Charles
  • MIAMI, FL, United States
  • 10-08-12

Fascinating...

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

iTunes/iPod
iPhone
iPad

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Ive

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

Enjoyed Baker's dedication to the "reading" of the book.

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

There were many.

Any additional comments?

Fascinating story and life.

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Intimate Encounter with History Being Written

What a fascinating book! I chose the unabridged version. It had me hooked and wanting to get back to it as often as I could. Three weeks of feeling immersed in recent american and world history, in the workings of how computers became so prevalent in our lives. Well researched and pieced together. And of course, well performed. Can only highly recommend this work. Good job! (no pun intended)

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An Excellent and compelling listen

What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

I lived this story from the sidelines. Actually I was on the Microsoft Windows side(line). What a forthright and fascinating depiction of Jobs, his foibles, his strengths, his weaknesses and accomplishments. I highly recommend the read.

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Informative

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

Genius, Visionary and OutrageouslyCreative - three words :)

What did you like best about this story?

The outrageous logic behind Steve Jobs was what I enjoyed most. I walked thru my Apple journey... right along with the book. Genuis!

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

The performance was spot on!

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Fascinating story of a fanscinating person!

The story moves generally in chronological order, beginning with how Steve was put up for adoption, and then tells the almost unbelievable story of how he started building computers in his parent's garage, and eventually how he orchestrated the phenomenal success of Apple. The author discusses the personal and professional successes and failures of Jobs, and gives the listener an insider's view of this very talented man. It is apparent that Steve Jobs' vision and single-minded focus were the drivers of Apple's rise to become the most valuable company in history. This was fascinating listening from start to finish.