Icon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

Version: Abridged
Author: Jeffrey S. Young , William L. Simon
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Genres: Business & Economics, Biography & Memoir, Business
Publisher: Penton Audio
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Lightning never strikes twice, but Steve Jobs has, transforming modern culture first with the Macintosh and more recently with the iPod. He has dazzled and delighted audiences with his Pixar movies. And he has bedeviled, destroyed, and demoralized hundreds of people along the way. Steve Jobs is the most interesting character of the digital age. What a long, strange journey it has been. With the mainstream success of the iPod, Pixar's string of hits and subsequent divorce from Disney, and Steve's triumphant return to Apple, his story is better than any fiction. Ten years after the leading maverick of the computer age and the king of digital cool, crashed from the height of Apple's meteoric rise, Steve Jobs rose from ashes in a Machiavellian coup that only he could have orchestrated-and has now become more famous than ever.

Reviews (4)


Written by Anonymous from Arlington, MA on December 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As a computer hobbyist and an avid Mac user, I found this fascinating. It was somewhat biased, but I expected that. It was one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've 'read".

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Written by Anonymous on September 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book was excellent. It quickly covered Steve Jobs career. It would be nice if it could be updated to include the iphone, etc in the future. But book was interesting, insightful and well done. I liked it a lot.


Written by Judy Stokes on July 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I learned quite a bit from this book and I am still thinking about it! Although I lived through all of the events described in this book, I am not a "news hound" and was unaware of all that Steve Jobs was involved in. He is truly an amazing human being who has changed the course of our culture and perhaps the world. My only disappointment was that the author focused on his business relationships in great detail, but gave his personal life short shrift. He outlined emotional drama at work many times, but then said: "Oh, yeah, he got married." Writen by a man...

A Little Too Puffy

Written by Anonymous from Woodstock, GA on July 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

An enjoyable listen, but I found the content and narration a little to puffy and PR-ish. Any biography of Jobs must recognize his genius and his fatal character flaws. This work gushed enthusiastically about the former, and quickly glossed over the latter.

Author Details

Author Details

Simon, William L.

William L. Simon is a screen and television writer and bestselling author.