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Steve Jobs (Unabridged)

by Walter Isaacson

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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.

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I just finished this audiobook of the life of Steve Jobs and of course I'm composing this review on my iPhone 4S. Isaacson has seriously done a masterful job of composing this riveting biography. If you have half an interest in Apple or electronics or technology you should read this book. It's more than just a biography of Steve Jobs. It's also a telling of the history of personal computing and consumer electronics over the last 30+ years. I will admit I only had a passing interest in Steve Jobs before his death but now that I've read this biography I find myself a fanboy -- and I find myself surprisingly sad that we've lost such an innovative designer and businessman. But indeed, as this biography points out, Steve has left behind a part of himself in Apple, a company he designed to continue his legacy. This is probably the best biography I've ever read - clearly Steve chose an excellent author to write a very truthful yet endearing biography.

full circle

downloaded the audiobook through the iTunes store, stored it in the cloud, listened to it on my iPhone. Gotta think he'd love that!

Apple 4 life

I was never a die hard Apple fan and I never really "got" it. Well now I do.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who only knows of Jobs from media sound bites. Say what you will of Jobs, his theories and management style, but the fact remains that the world has lost a true visionary. I hope Apple remains strong and true to Steve's legacy and vision.

Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Dylan Baker
  • Published: 2011

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