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Steve Jobs

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Dylan Baker

24 Hours 30 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

October 2011

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2012 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs—the inspiration for the movie Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 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. Isaacson’s portrait touched millions of readers.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first 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 the author, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. He himself spoke candidly about the people he worked with and competed against.

His friends, foes, and colleagues offer 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.

His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

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  • Donn Edwards

    I never met Steve Jobs, so I can't say if this book is accurate, but after listening to Walter's fascinating biography I really feel like I got to know Steve. Not only is that a sign of a good writer, but a good researcher too. My tech friends who met Steve have a lot of good things to say about the book too. Walter's book on Einstein is also to be recommended.

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  • Elizabeth Wiesemann

    This narrator has a smooth voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. No matter what field of work you choose Steve Jobs' determination is inspirational.

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  • Denis K.

    Great book and great narration I didn’t know about half the stuff this guy did .This is fascinating listen he was a brilliant complicated man if you have a smart phone you should get this book

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  • Luca P.

    Great book. Unbearable narration, so annoying and over the top. Unfortunately the only narration I could find.

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  • Ngawang S

    I feel like this book did justice to who Steve was. A highly misunderstood Genius and ruthless at times who tried his best to leave the world better than he found it.

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  • Aimee A

    A very compelling story and well read by the narrator. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Rasmus Hansen

    A great story, well written.

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  • Joshua Maier

    An amazing book, giving insight in the personality of one of the greatest persons to have walked in this planet. Definitely a must read/listen.

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  • Beth Adkisson

    Steve Jobs great read! Fascinating story of the amazing entrpreneur

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  • Allan Vargas

    I never knew much about Steve Jobs and I cannot validate the accuracy of this book. I did appreciate Walter's biography on Steve Jobs. It's clear that Walter’s put a great deal of research and commitment into his passion. I do believe that I got to know Steve Jobs through Walter’s work. The narrator Dylan Baker, in my opinion, made this book much bigger that it actually was. I could listen for hours because he was so easy to listen to. I am looking forward to Walter's book on Einstein.

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