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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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    Stephen 01-07-12
    Stephen 01-07-12
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    "Fantastic biography by isaacson"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As good as any


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

    Jobs' interactions with other big players in business, Disney, Microsoft, adobe, etc


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

    Yes


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

    Impossible, too long, but I listened whenever I could over the week


    Any additional comments?

    Isaacson has put together a terrific biography, with views from all sides & comments from Jobs directly and archives, as well as perspectives from all kinds of people involved with Jobs throughout the years. This is no small feat and deserves accolades for the effort. Highly recommended.

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    Ashish New Delhi, India 01-04-12
    Ashish New Delhi, India 01-04-12
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    "Amazing Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was so fascinating that for two weeks while I was listening to this audiobook, I was cut off from everything else. I would have to believe that even the greatest of story teller would have found it difficult to imagine a story that would be as fascinating as the real life events of Steve Jobs. Narration was fantastic, but the greatest part was the story. How the writer took a bird's eye view of Steve Jobs' life and wrote the autobiography in the most unbiased manner. Lastly, Steve Jobs with all his irrationality and ill behavior was still the greatest visionary of our times and whose contribution to our lives have been far greater than most people in this era.


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    Alex Lier, Belgium 01-03-12
    Alex Lier, Belgium 01-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Brutally Honest"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, petulant, but strangely likable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs. It was interesting to find out more about Jobs' whirlwind personality. As I progressed through the book, Steve's annoying arrogance peeled away and revealed his true personality. Intelligent and rough around the edges.


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

    No, but the narration was excellent. The narrator's voice took some getting used to, but I ended up liking his no-frill approach.


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

    Jobs' written declaration of love toward his wife near the end of his life, uncovered his sensitive and human side. A rare and moving occurrence.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book, because it's a brutally honest portrait of a truly inspirational technological leader. It doesn't attempt to

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    Cyril Taguig, Philippines 01-02-12
    Cyril Taguig, Philippines 01-02-12 Member Since 2013

    I love audio books, nuff said :-)

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    "Very Honest and Refreshing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition. The voice is very in touch with the characters though. I<br/>love it how it changes to suit Woz for example, or the other characters. You can tell that the characters are indeed from California.


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

    Maybe the iWoz book


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

    Not yet


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

    Mostly parts about Woz


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

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    Beverley Netanya, Israel 12-18-11
    Beverley Netanya, Israel 12-18-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining, challenging, moving,"

    Entertaining - 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 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 individuals journey through life. A unique journey but a universal one too as we have all suffered success and failure, rejection, 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 behaviour.


    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.

    Well done Walter Isaacson. Excellent narration by Dylan Baker.

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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 12-18-11
    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 12-18-11 Member Since 2005

    A bookwordm

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    "Entertaining, challenging, moving,"

    Entertaining - 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 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 individuals journey through life. A unique journey but a universal one too as we have all suffered success and failure, rejection, 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 behaviour.


    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.

    Well done Walter Isaacson. Excellent narration by Dylan Baker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theben Roodepoort, South Africa 12-09-11
    Theben Roodepoort, South Africa 12-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A contradictory genius"

    A "warts and all" portrayal of a man who was both foolish and a genius, infantile and visionary. A quote from Time magazine sums it up perfectly "The genius of Jobs, and the paradox, is that while Jobs understood us completely, he wasn't like us. He was better."

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    Vin Avondale Heights, Australia 12-02-11
    Vin Avondale Heights, Australia 12-02-11
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    "Just brilliant and inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely ...It changes my outlook on life and really inspires me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Job ...He has a personality that is unique and installs inpirations to others


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker and Walter Isaacson (introduction) – was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing look on the life of Steve Jobs and Apple ...Really inspiring

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    Sula Nambucca Heads, Australia 11-29-11
    Sula Nambucca Heads, Australia 11-29-11
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    "love the story"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right on top.


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

    I have not listened to many audio books but enjoy biographies and this is a great story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am still reading and they are all great.


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

    Think..........


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    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 11-23-11
    aldwin Baguio City, Philippines 11-23-11 Member Since 2017
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    "A Good Listen"

    Loved the book. Enjoyed the details and backstage access to Steve Job's professional & personal life, including to the companies he had built (Apple, NeXT, Pixar)

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  • The Groke
    1/4/16
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    "An exhaustive account of the life of Steve Jobs"

    Do you need to be an unpleasant person to be a good leader?
    This is a well written. if rather overlong biography of a difficult man with a genius for knowing what the public wanted before they did. His success was due in part to his just having really good aesthetic taste, and no concern as to what people thought of him. He treated many of your close to him extremely badly. but was incredibly successful in business. a fascinating character, and I now know more about him than I ever thought I needed to. it could have done with some editing and sagged in the second half. but I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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  • chatbear1
    12/28/15
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    "issacson book"

    Look a it a hefty book.its maybe a bit to comprehensive, but at least you get a pretty full story.
    My impression of jobs,a genius ,a visionary a world class businessman.he would have been a pain in are to work for.his personal life,I'll leave to others to make up their own minds.
    I wish I could have met him.

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  • Amazon Customer
    12/3/15
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    "Just brilliant"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a huge fan of Steve and what he has achieved. This Book gave a great insight into the life of this great guy.


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

    i absolutely love Walter who is a great writer of biographical content. Never expected to find this much enjoyment reading a biography. Isaacson has truly done a wonderful job with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing inside view into the life of one of the great businessmen of our era. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni
    12/3/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    loved this book! Great insight and honest account of the life of Steve Jobs.

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  • Amazon Customer
    12/2/15
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I thought it was very honest and did not try to paint Steve as a saint.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy B
    Manchester
    12/2/15
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    "A focused and insightful look..."

    Thoroughly enjoyed, a frank 'warts and all' look at a modern day icon. With something for the techno-geek and something for the humanist.

    The reading sympathetically delivered, and content wide ranging, and at times extraordinary. A good purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fiona
    england
    12/1/15
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    "Not for me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend unless they were extremely interested in the history and minutiae of the rise of computers for everyone. Actually they'd have to be just as interested in Jobs very private life.


    Has Steve Jobs put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes. It felt more like a tretease by an academic rather than a popular easy to read book. There was so much detail about Jobs hygiene, what he ate and generally what an unpleasant man he was. That didn't tally with how some people seemed to like him so much. Basically it was boring.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did. The narration was fine.


    Do you think Steve Jobs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no. I only managed to get to him being chucked out of his own company ...and I could not have cared less.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm Sure it could have been half the length at least without going into detail about his breakfasts!

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  • Alan Dunne
    Dublin, Ireland
    11/21/15
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    "A definitive biography of a legend in his time"

    Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs is an absolute titan of the computer world. He was responsible, or heavily involved in, some of the biggest and best innovations in the industry. This book outlines his meteoric rise from building computers in his garage (with his buddy Steve Wozniak) to becoming CEO of the most valuable company in the world.

    The book is extremely well written by an author who was given full access to all parties involved as well as total control over the narrative and content. When you're finished, you'll understand how unusual such a move was for Steve Jobs. But it has resulted in the absolute definitive story of a legend in his own time.

    I would highly recommend this audio book. I finished it in under 2 weeks as I couldn't stop listening at every chance possible.

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  • Sowmya
    11/7/15
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    "terrefic book"

    simply loved it.. a true inspiration and an extremely honest approach by Walter.. As he rightly put in the end, Jobs is not really smart but a true genius..
    I would define jobs as a person with a astute eye for secondary products and knows how to really get things done right.. learned a lot from this book..

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  • henry fitzsimons
    BELFAST, Co Antrim, GB
    11/3/15
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    "Respect great Innovator"

    Well written good insights
    What a journey one of the original pioneers who followed through!
    Sad ending but much more respect than how media portrays. God Bless

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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