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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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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 06-24-12
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 06-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh Wow!"

    A great book about a truly great man, a genius who was at all times true to his own Self. One feels humbled, grateful, and terribly sad that the world has lost Steve Jobs. A great loss.
    I didn't know the history before listening to this book, so it was very interesting listening, and its hero is truly inspirational! Larger than life.

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    Ilse Helsingborg, Sweden 05-31-12
    Ilse Helsingborg, Sweden 05-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Understanding the master of innovation"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Innovation, Art, Focus


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

    There were several, but the visit to Xerox is memorable.


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

    No I haven't listened to this before


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

    The holy grail of innovation


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Anthony Tate. 05-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I really underestimated Steve Jobs and Apple"

    After listening to this audiobook I realized I really underestimated Steve Jobs and Apple. I had the fortune to work for Apple in Japan, from 2008 to 2011, almost 4 years were I got to know the company very close. It took me a while to embrace this book and finally read it since I have read a couple of books about Jobs, I just thought this was gonna be much of the same. Another deterrent from reading it was that its 22+ hours length, which I thought it was too much time to invest in a book about a man and I company I thought I knew enough about.

    However, this book proved to be different from what I expected. It was a conversation from the hear and mind of Steve Jobs, narrating through Issacson the most intimate details of his life and the history of Apple, Next and Pixar. The book is dense and covers a lot of interesting anecdotes and details about Job's personal and professional life that include the evolution of Apple's technology, into what it is today.

    My respect and admiration for Steve Jobs grew every day I listened to this audiobook, his life and achievements are something that beats human ability, it is like something sacred or superhuman was pushing this man forward. He revolutionized almost every industry, computer, movie, music, telecommunications, manufacturing, advertising, etc.. He set the standards for a new, more innovative and advanced world. In his words, he "pushed the world forward".

    His death is a real loss for humanity, he died relatively young, who knows what he would've done I've he had survived cancer. How would the future on the next 2 decades would've been if Steve Jobs had been there?

    Thanks Steve

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    Stephen Halstead - The Leptonian 05-25-12
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    "Love or Hate"

    It doesn't matter if you loved or hated him this book is an excellent biography of a man who was passionate and driven by everything in his life. His attention to detail was obsessive. This book may reinforce your love or hate for Steve Jobs, or like me give you a better perspective into a very complex character.
    His legacy whatever your opinion will live on, but like him you and I won't be around to test the validity of our views.

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    Kindle Customer Berlin, Germany 05-15-12
    Kindle Customer Berlin, Germany 05-15-12
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    "Suprised"

    A well written story about a very interesting man. Dylan Baker does a wonderful job and is never boring. Walter Isaacson could have easily made Jobs out to be a cold and bad person, but stayed basically objective. He presents the observations and lets the reader decide.

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    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12
    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting to get the whole story about SJ"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I am glad to have listened to it, but it is too long a story to listen to it again.


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

    A brilliant but complicated man.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book while making a beautiful walk, I imagine this would be the way Steve Jobs would have listened to it. It's a good way to get inspiration.

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    Michael Cape Towwn, South Africa 05-06-12
    Michael Cape Towwn, South Africa 05-06-12
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    "He changed the world.."
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Steve Jobs proves that imperfect people can still change the world. As a man he was flawed, but as a visionary he was a genius! I enjoyed the technological trip down memory lane as well as the background to the products we see today. I think the book is informative and honest and I moved from feelings of inspiration to anger. For example had he listended to medical advice earlier instead of arrogantly dismissing them, would he still be with us today?

    I would recommend that anyone with a passion for design, computers or technology listen to this book. Steve Jobs was obsessed with producing the best product possible. I wonder whether we will ever see another Steve Jobs in this disposable, money driven world?


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

    He insisted that the engineers design the memory chips inside the Macintosh match the rest of the computer, even though no customers would ever see inside. That is commitment to design.


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    "Must read for every technology fanatic"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    His come back to Apple after years of absence


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

    great reading - effortless listening


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

    Sure. Sometimes on arriving home I just kept sitting in the car to listen for another while


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    O F Dale Loveland, Co 04-28-12
    O F Dale Loveland, Co 04-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Powerful History of Steve Jobs and Computing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I don't have time to read books, and Walter Isaacson's bio on Steve Jobs would do better as a door stop than a compact bed-time companion, so this audio book was ideal. I hadn't read a book in years, but the audiobook not only kept me sane while working, driving, rocking kids to sleep, etc., it also captivated me and thrilled me right to the end.

    I just wish Isaacson had updated it since Jobs' death - I was looking forward to hearing details of Jobs' last few days, but was sadly let down by a non-ending ending to an amazing story.


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

    Dylan Baker is awesome to listen to!


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

    I was gripped from chapter one, educated on Steve Jobs and Silicone Valley throughout, and cried near the end as his inevitable demise came closer, and his influence on the world was cut short.


    Any additional comments?

    Steve Jobs was not an easy man to deal with, but he was a genius and had some qualities lacking in many people. He changed the world, and, love him or hate him, you should respect what he achieved and admire his impact.

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    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12
    Chandon Paris, France 04-24-12
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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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  • Antoinette
    12/6/16
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    "A fascinating and inspirational story of the late Steve Jobs life"

    I have never followed the life of someone with such enthusiasm and interest. A profound and exciting intervention into the thinking and drive of a genius. I have never had any interest in the computer world but this is a superb insight into the mind of a complex and intelligent man who built a company into a stylish, innovative, successful and exciting company, selling equally stylish, innovative, beautiful, sexy, integrated, easy handling and moreover exciting products.
    Steve Jobs insistence and passion in overall control and ability to focus intensely on streamlining products and services by filtering out any distractions was amazing. I learned a lot about the requirements to build an A-class team of experts to force change and motivate people to do things that they never thought they could do. He was certainly not always pleasant, but he saw that as his weight to achieve his innovations which changed and influenced industries, whether people like him or not.
    I enjoyed every 25 hours of this book.
    I was mesmerised by his vision and insights and intuition. He could sense the future and he led his company to write the future in a beautiful, creative and artistic way.
    I loved his saying that you must give people what they want before they know what they want. He saw his task to read things that are not yet on the page. My love for my iPhone and iPad embodies this philosophy by far.

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  • Nishil
    12/1/16
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    Good quality, well read, addictive story. Jobs was a true innovator, his Zen philosophy seemed to manifest through his ideas and products rather his own behavior.

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  • D L S
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    11/30/16
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    "Superb read "

    Loved it. Thanks for the wonderful look into Steve Jobs' live Walter Isaacson.
    Definitely recommend reading this book.

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  • Mrs Claire Taylor
    11/29/16
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    "Hard Going but worth it - a very odd man!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I liked the insights into his personality most of all.


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

    No - it's very long.


    Any additional comments?

    some of it was hard going and a little boring if you aren't into tech, but overall definitely worth a listen!

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  • jake
    11/11/16
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    "Compelling life story"

    Nothing was left from Jobs' life and yet it was still a very interesting and addictive listen.

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  • Sandra B
    11/11/16
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    "A very entertaining listen!"

    Thoroughly enjoyable! A no holes barred portrayal of a man who sent a ripple through the universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr E Mucci
    11/7/16
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    "Walter, I am now a fan"

    This is the first Walter Isaacson book I have listened to, and I have to say that his style of writing and delivery is awesome. Love this audiobook. Impressive 'story' and there is a lot I didn't know about Mr Jobs. Brilliant!

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  • Pragya
    10/25/16
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    "Steve's fascinating character"
    What did you like most about Steve Jobs?

    He had great admiration was innovation and being motivated by products rather than money or business. He embraced minimalism, which came from his Zen devotion to simplicity. He created two of the best of his era: Apple and Pixar. He was hard on people but he always inspired open discussions. He may not be an idle person but he was the best in what he was doing. He always appreciated that do something in which you are the best and don't interfere in which someone else is best. This reflects in his products with closed integration in hardware and software. His future vision: I think the biggest innovations of the twenty-first century will be the intersection of biology and technology.


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

    Last chapter in this book contains the gist of whole book where the writer has given him the opportunity to say last words and it's terrific. His innovation, passion and dictatorship all were worth to match with the lines of great product that he came up with – Apple II, Macintosh, Pixar, Apple stores, iTunes, iPhones and list goes on and on.... One person behind all these innovations.


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

    No


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Exactly One month read - This was my first audiobook on audible and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Steve's fascinating character in one line resembles his commercial: The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

    I think during his tough time while suffering from cancer his motivation was from his favourite Dylan lines that if you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying.

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  • Theodoros Trachanidis
    10/19/16
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    "Reality distortion."

    makes you think about lots of things in life.
    perfection requires obsession and passion. Jobs had both.

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  • Everfree
    10/18/16
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    "amazing"

    what an amazing man. achieved the best out of people and gave the world a future to aim for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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