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Steve Jobs Audiobook

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

With an introduction read by the author.

©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Inc

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    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12
    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12

    Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English

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    "What a stoty! Worth reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ntertaining - Steve Jobs had an eventful life, he experimented, challenged convention, succeeded, failed, annoyed...and was anything but boring.

    Challenging - this book challenged my views of good and evil, of the end justifying or not justifying the means... of the liberties that are and should be granted to genius.


    Moving - under everything is a man, a child rejected by a mother and put up for adoption, and insecure adult, a manipulator and a person struggling with his own mortality.

    This book describes one individual’s journey through life. A unique journey but a universal one too as we have all suffered success and failure, rejection. We all have been manipulated and manipulated others... The human experience! The book teaches you about Steve Jobs but also about yourself, if you monitor your gut responses' to his behavior.
    I am still not sure what I think of Steve Jobs but I understand what a complex and extreme example he is of a human being. This book gives a window into how he thought and the importance he placed on his legacy - his products and his company.
    Also I would like to warn you that this book is a great book to understand the man Steve Jobs, but not the book to understand apple, or how the company will and did create the products they have. If some of you want to get this to understand apple they might be disappointed.
    It's clearly not a book about a poor kid becomes good, it's a real life experience on someone who was great and a complete a-hole at times. In short read and enjoy, but don't use it as some sort of study bible.

    To conclude I would say the book is nice and worth the price but don’t expect to be blown away … I am sure there are great books about.


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    Oleg Sirbu Chisinau, Moldova 04-23-12
    Oleg Sirbu Chisinau, Moldova 04-23-12
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    "Great book about a great man"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Quotes of Steve Jobs


    What did you like best about this story?

    I understood that even a great man may have weak and strength points


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


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

    There were a lot of such moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Recommend!

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    Barboza Muscat, Oman 04-21-12
    Barboza Muscat, Oman 04-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it !!"

    Really gave me an insight into the man's mind... extremely passionate about what he did and didnt care what the world though about it !! The book was balanced didnt make the guy to be a saint nor a sinner just human.....Recommended !!

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    "What a loss to the world"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Having an ipod and ipad have changed my world and my life for the better. Going to the Gym and Walking my dog was boring but having an ipod to listen to made excerising fun and informative. I have become slimer, healthier and happier. I wanted to know about the man who made this possible. I was not disappointed. I was captivated by Steve Jobs - you certainly might not have liked him as your boss or your friend but I certainly admire him for his genius. I loss a couple of pounds just walking and listening to this fabulous story of a
    wonderful, clever, flawed man.


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

    Nothing compares to this book


    What does Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steve Jobs comes alive and even though i am not a techincal person I felt I understood what he was doing and I loved the fact that he was an artist and he wanted to make the product beautiful as well as workable and efficient.


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

    No - too long


    Any additional comments?

    I would certainly recommend this book to my friends but I realise it might not suit everyone.

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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 04-16-12
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic biography"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    N/A.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the interweaving of the family and relationship stories of Steve Jobs with the tech and business aspects of his life makes this a biography that may satisfy both techies, business readers, and people who like a good biography. Personally I think this biography gives the technology and computing industry a much needed in-depth human story to show to the world - it gives people an insight into one of the modern visionaries of the industry and shows us that it is people, with their emotions, conflicts, passion, perseverance, and intellect, who make technology and innovation happen.
    I also liked the telling of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates relationship - their life-long work, competitiveness and mutual respect was very interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. N/A.


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

    The man who made personal computers and technology cool.


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    Djuro 04-09-12
    Djuro 04-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    We've all heard the stories but this book proves just how tough a competitor Steve Jobs was during this short but significant life.I grew up with the first Apple computers so the Jobs story was a must read/listen.His passion for great products changed the world and although he was incredibly rude and difficult he made people perform when they didn't believe they could - he was inspirational.There will be other books about the technical side of Apple but this is about the man - an honest tale that makes an already great story .. even better.


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    Jithin United Arab Emirates 04-04-12
    Jithin United Arab Emirates 04-04-12

    Avid reader from Dubai. Now slowly trying to get on the audible bandwagon.

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    "Shocking & Inspiring!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I wouldnt say it is better or worse, id say the audio version is very convenient and more compact than a book. I can listen to it in the car, while going for a walk, when im on a plane and want to close my eyes. A book would be harder to carry around.


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

    Reality Distortion - The pressure to make situations change to your comfort.


    What about Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Good Introduction


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

    Intensity+Passion = GENIUS


    Any additional comments?

    Im only 1/3rd of the way into the book and its great. Being an apple fan, the reality of the man Steve Jobs is shocking and makes me want to hit him, but if not for his arrogance and intensity we probably might not have seen technology such as the ipad, ipod, apple tv's and the Macs!

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    Teerawat Issariyakul Bangkok, Thailand 04-04-12
    Teerawat Issariyakul Bangkok, Thailand 04-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Long, but worth reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only those who has time.


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

    When Jobs give a lecture to students, and he got an advice that no one'd like to be lectured. But everyone loves story.


    What about Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Dylan Baker was the narrator of the audiobook version. His voice is quite strong and nice. He kept me engaged in the book for the whole time.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    The reasons I like biography is that it is inspring. I’d like to know more about someone I admire, and Steve Jobs was one of them. I started out knowing next to nothing about Steve Jobs (although I own an iPod nano and a Mac book pro). I was kindda curious about the people behind it. From this book, I learn a lot about Steve Jobs, his invention, and his company. To most people, Steve was a Genious. But who would have known that he had a very conflicting personality. He was a firm believer in Hindu and Zen. Yet, he was obnoxious and very hard to deal with. He’d like to be at the intersection of technology and humanity. Yet, he was no humanitarian. He did everything in his own way regardless of whether his action will hurt others. I’m glad that I get to know that side of him.
    This book is a bit long. It took me almost two months to read it. Despite excurciating details, I enjoy reading this book. The book contains the story since before his birth, his childhood, his success, his failure, his return, and his departure. It’s a long enjoyable book. And, it’s worth reading. The only problem that I have is that it’s a bit too long. -- Teerawat Issariyakul

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    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 03-17-12
    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 03-17-12
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    "interesting book fit for an interesting man"

    This was a very interesting read. Not a glorification of Steve Jobs but a wonderful portrayal of who he was. I appreciated the balance that Isaacson's used in writing this book. Much to my delight, this book was not only about Steve Jobs but was also how technology changed through the years so it was like learning history apart from getting to know Jobs a little bit better. What would have made a 5-star rating though was if the narration was better. I felt that the narrator could have improved by making the lines of people more distinct from the narration.

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    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 03-17-12
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 03-17-12 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "Keep Away, this book has NOTHING!"

    I never understood why people are so fascinated with Steve Jobs. Yes, he revolutionized many industries, and Yes I think its cool that the Iphone exists. But do we really want our heroes to be people that treat other people badly?

    After many months I read this book because it was advised to me by a really smart person. So since innovation is something that interests me, I tough it was important to read it.

    The thing is. Is not only that I dont admire Jobs at all, as he was a terrible father, friend and boss. But this is one of the first business related books that I have read and learn absolutely nothing. The only thing I can take from Jobs is that Less is more (no news here) and he was very good at that.

    Apart from this, frankly, I dont see much I can learn from reading this book.

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  • Elstree 11
    7/15/16
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    "Long but Great audio book"

    Much about Apple and the revolution of computing - fascinating listen and worthy of the length.

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  • Nigel Willis
    7/10/16
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    "Very Interesting Story"

    The length of this book put me off for a long time, I finally decided to take it ion and I am so glad I did. What an amazing journey for all involved. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Werner
    7/8/16
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    "Honest and interesting"

    Not an Apple fan, this book fascinated me and made me respect and appreciate Jobs

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  • Randz
    7/5/16
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    "Definitely worth it "

    Didn't know Steve cried that much, and a credit hogg, Definitely worth a listen*. RIP Steve Jobs

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  • dan
    7/5/16
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    "Awesome "

    Really interesting and inspiring listen, I must have enjoyed it as I finished it quicker than others

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  • ricky farrow
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    6/22/16
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    "Awesome"

    This was a throughly engrossing listen. Totally gets to the core of Jobs and very informative.

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  • Michael
    6/16/16
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    "Good narrative of Steve Jobs. .. one word Passion!"

    long book .. 25hour listen!!!! but well worth every minute. .. live life to the fullest and live it with 100% passion.

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/28/16
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    "great story but too much swearing "

    You cant listen to this with kids arround or in public places. You just don't know what swear words are going to be shouted out! Nonetheless it is a great biography very balanced showing the good and bad sides. Also, it's really shocking that he was so cruel at times and yet so great.

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  • Omotola Alade
    5/25/16
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    "amazing book"

    one of the best biographies ive read. so much detail and shows me the true embodiment of steve jobs. its like i know

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  • michael
    5/19/16
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    "it's either shi* or the best. This is the best!"

    excellent book, inspiration and emotional. 5 star rating, highly recommended. it will be one of the best books you read

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