Steve Jobs

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Walter Isaacson
Narrator: Dylan Baker
Genres: Biographies
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: September 2013
# of Units: 20 CDs
Length: 18 hours, 20 minutes
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Based on more than forty 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 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 this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. 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.

Reviews (13)

Written by Allan Vargas on November 13th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Written by Junho Jhun on November 7th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolute masterpiece. I don\'t know why this book got so much bad rap from Apple insiders. This book is a masterpiece that correct portrays jobs as the man he was (immature and often delusional) when he was young to becoming someone who became a supreme CEO of a failing company and turned it around. I have read other books of jobs, but not many of them correctly reflect upon jobs\' amazing accomplishments as this book does. And the author does so by taking different approaches to the many aspects of jobs\' life and masterfully wove it together so that you get a complete understanding of who the man truly is. I really don\'t think this book was harmful to jobs reputation. If anything, i only have an increased appreciation of the genius he was and have respect for the dedication to something he was truly passionate about. Narration was also excellent but somewhat very slow; i listened to the book often at x2 the speed.

Written by Han Yuan on April 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Shallow story telling, lack of details in history. An awfully long version of a two hour book

Written by Kevin Bains on December 8th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I\'m glad I\'ve read this book. It was an excellent window into the evolution of things that are so much a part of our lives. Though it was good information, it was not a stellar book. I found it to be choppy and it left a lot of unanswered questions. It was very dense on names that were hard to keep up with in a 24 hour book.

Steve Jobs, parts I & II

Written by Shelly on August 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

At times repetitive, but it was really interesting reading about Steve Jobs' childhood, his start in the tech world, the friends and enemies he acquired, and the various ways he revolutionized the tech world. There is no going back. No similar visionary has emerged to replace him, and his loss was a loss for mankind.

Good to the last drop

Written by Anonymous on March 19th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I rarely bother to add reviews, but I must say that Isaacson's work here is marvelous. Steve Jobs was a complex character and Emily characitured, b ut Isaacson's portrays him as fully human. Reviews t often comment on the technical quality of a recording, but the narrator of this book was great-added to the overall enjoyment.

Steve Jobs

Written by Anonymous from Peoria, AZ on December 28th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. Great insight on a complicated genius.

Written by on November 18th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very well written and the Narrator worked well for the book.

Written by on October 23rd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I apologize for expounding on this review, but I enjoyed this glimpse into Steve Jobs\' life. The narrator Dylan Baker felt like a perfect fit for Isaacson\'s enjoyable work. This book was the reason I joined this service and I have more than gotten my money\'s worth.

Written by on October 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Isaacson, Walter

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from New Orleans' Isidore Newman School he spent a brief time at Deep Springs College before attending Harvard, graduating with a BA in history and literature. From there he went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, gaining an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

He began his journalism career at The Sunday Times (UK) and then at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He joined TIME Magazine in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's fourteenth managing editor in 1996.

He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and in 2003 became president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1950 dedicated to "fostering enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues."

He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of Kissinger: A Biography, the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made and author of Einstein. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.