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The Audible editors have fallen in love with Lisa Brennan-Jobs's memoir. Here's why.

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"As someone who was raised by a single mother around the same time—West Coast, the salads they eat—all that stuff really brings me to that time and place that’s familiar to me, and makes me feel less alone. The struggles she had in life were familiar to me, and I often had to stop myself and go, 'oh yeah, her dad is Steve Jobs.'"—Courtney, Audible editor

"Memoirs are my jam! I can be pretty picky about memoirs, and this just, it took the words out of my mouth, it took my breath away, it showed me new depths to memoir that I didn’t even know existed. It’s a really special memoir—and we hope you’ll enjoy it, and that it will speak to you as much as it did to us."—Rachel, Audible editor

"Narrator Eileen Stevens is wonderful. There are very few narrators who really are able to strike that tone where she’s embodying this person, she’s embodying her story in a way that feels—I know we like this word a lot, but—it’s authentic. It feels real."—Abby, Audible editor

Publisher's Summary

A frank, smart, and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs

Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents - artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs - Lisa Brennan-Jobs' childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa's father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical, and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs' poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the '70s and '80s, Small Fry is an enthralling audiobook by an insightful new literary voice.

©2018 Lisa Brennan-Jobs (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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You feel as though you are there.

The author has a beautiful way of describing her memories. She crafts her words in such a way that you feel you are there.

She comes across very authentic. Not only does she share her perspective of her father, but all of the adults in her life. She doesn’t shy away from her own embarrassing moments either.

This book is very much about every child brought up during this same time period with a single mother. There are many parallels to my own childhood. Brilliantly written!

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Thesaurus Overkill

I’m returning the book after only listening an hour. It grinds on my nerves to read such minute details about events happening before someone is old enough to remember them and the plethora of memories were disjointed, irrelevant and too full of unnecessary adjectives. Narration was awful, 4 words, pause, 4 words, pause.

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Most honest look at Steve Jobs I have read.

Lisa portrays both of her parents as only a child could. Both of her parents are incredibly flawed and at times I found myself angry at them both. However, by the end she had made peace and the reader does as well. I felt sorry for Steve most of all. He missed it and he regretted it.

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Beautifully Lyrical Prose...Albeit a Bit Entitled

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s memoir is accomplished in its prose, symbolism, and sentiment. Consequently, while I thoroughly believe she had an emotionally tumultuous childhood - her story is often difficult to connect to the reader’s experience. The narrator comes off as often spoiled, completely entitled, and out-of-touch, much like the father she often maligns.

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A short story made very long

So Lisa Brennan-Jobs had a story to tell (her dad neglected her while she was growing up) that many, many people have to tell. She took this simple story and stretched it out with strange detail and self-absorption. We get it...he wasn't a good dad. But 12 hours of the whining.

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Experience someone’s dysfunctional relations

Read the book to experience the other more dysfunctional side of the story. And I would recommend this book for that purpose: see it as home studies in psychology. But don’t read this book for the narrative, the writing, or the story.
While the book sounds like so many other’s dysfunctional family relationships, the fact that Steve Jobs is in it makes it readable. There is value in hearing of other’s hardships, and that is the value of this book.

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I never need to write my life story

Lisa Brennan Jobs has written it for me. It was like listening to my life.

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Steve Jobs was a Jerk

This is really a sad story.

Deadbeat daddy, Steve Jobs really was an unstable monster to everyone around him, including his children, once he bothered to acknowledge that they were his.

It would have been fascinating to see the modern #MeToo movement put Steve Jobs in proper historical context and take him down a few notches. But this sad book keeps him hoisted high on that absurd pedestal, even as it details his emotional atrocities.

I found myself fast-forwarding more and more before giving up halfway through. I get it. Sadness and entitlement are neighbors in Silicon Valley, but they kinda deserve each other.

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Great book

This is an amazing book. The true story of Steve Jobs unwanted daughter. The book and narration are excellent and inspirational.
I highly recommend this book.

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Great story line...

...but I'm not sure why I was under the impression that the book would be more in depth about Steve Jobs personal side and it was up to a certain extent. The story line was great yet I'm not sure why Lisa Brennan-Jobs couldn't narrate her own book which is why I paid for the audio version but instead Eileen Stevens narrated it. She did an amazing job at it, kept me entertained n intuned to the story line even when I wasn't too interested in the life of Lisa. Her tone and enthusiasm helps throughout the entire book. If you're really interested in knowing more about Steve Jobs last moments just listen after chp.74. Overall, I would recommend to an avid reader.