Steve Jobs

Narrated by: Dylan Baker
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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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 Simon & Schuster (P)2011 Walter Isaacson

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Don't bother with the abridged version

I think this may be a good book. I can't tell. I chose the abridged version, and it is so terribly edited as to be awful. That is, it feels like whoever did the abridging went in with an axe and whacked away here and there, leaving all the cut edges exposed and bleeding. The result is a story that jumps from topic to topic, with some whole chapters cut down to a few sentences. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd say "this sucks".

Go for the full version; overall, the writing is good and the reader is good and the story seems interesting. It's just too bad the abridgement was so sloppy.

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Good Book... wish I got the unabridged version

When I ordered this book, I thought "how many hours of Steve Jobs do I need"?
Turns out, I could have used more. Very enjoyable.

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Even Abridged, this was PLENTY of Steve Jobs

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This is not a book I would have normally selected. I read it for a book club at my job. I found it pretty tedious at times, and was immensely glad I had the abridged version. It was plenty of Steve Jobs. I know I would not have wanted to work for or even know the man. I think the abridged version very much skimped on his relationships with his wife and kids, and perhaps that would have been interesting. (If that is your area of interest, do not go with the abridged.) Mostly it was about his work and what an intolerable jerk he was there. The book seems to reinforce the belief that you have to be a jerk to be successful, which I find annoying. It had its interesting moments. I felt old when they discussed the infancy of PCs and I realized I was around then.
My favorite part was one meeting he had after a failed product release. He gathers the people on the project around and asked what the product was supposed to do. So they tell him and he shouts, “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?” I’ve been at sunset reviews at work where it would have been very satisfying to ask that. One of the few times we touch on Jobs' personal life is in the story of his biological father and how Jobs had unknowingly already met the man. I found that very interesting. But let’s be real. Steve Jobs was a jerk and that gets old after a while.

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LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

Wow! What an amazing book! Steve Jobs is such an inspiration! He makes me want to do the best at everything I do. What a great man!!!!

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Inspiring and interesting but has a few flaws

I think Steve Jobes was one of the smartest people in the tech industry. His innovations still have their mark on the tech world and probably won't fade away anywhere soon. I think the first half of the book is the weaker part with not much interesting information IMO. The second part starts when Steve taking back the CEO chair and continues with all the innovative devices he and Apple brought to the world. While listening to the book I thought to myself "Jobs was a jackass, a big one" but I think the last chapter or so made me feel I'm accepting Jobs the way he is. It's focusing on why Jobs was so rude to people and how he saw Apple as a company compared to others and his vision.
Other than that I didn't like the narration. It felt very robotic most of the time and I didn't feel like the narrator is telling the story like it should been told.

I recommended only if you can go through the first half of the book without loosing it and of course if you a die hard Apple fan

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Aweinspiring story

Very true to life story of the great man. Steve was in a class on his own and the book is very detailed and lucid.

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not as inspired as I thought I would be

too many dates and details, technical descriptions, etc. probably all true, overall a very documentary-style type of biography, but kind of boring for my personal taste.

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Captivating account of Steve Jobs

As far as biographies go, this one hits the mark. This book does its best to accurately tell the story of Steve Jobs from a perspective that was both entertaining and enlightening. Much detail was packed in to show Jobs' critical side, but portrays it in a way that was Jobs-esque... That is to say that he was "hard on people because he cared." That manner of presentation might not always resonate with the people that knew him, especially if they were the ones being berated but to an outside observer, it sounds as though the author was, at times, caught in Jobs'" Reality distortion wave. " With that said, this book was an entertaining production and worth a listen.

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Great insight into a complicated personality.

Binary. This is the word Isaacson uses to describe Steve Jobs. I get it now. After listening to so many stories about his life and interviews with those who knew him, I feel like I can better understand the complicated personality of Steve Jobs. I learned more about him as an entrepreneur, a father, a friend, and a player in humanity.

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Riveting

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The story is great, the performance is amazing. Overall, one of my favorite Audibles thus far.