Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Steve Jobs
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9781461835189
Branch Call Number: CD 621.39092 JOB ISA
Characteristics: 20 sound discs (25 hr., 15 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Baker, Dylan

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EricTheMailman
May 04, 2019

Steve Jobs was an amazing individual. He was a colossal jerk. A visionary. And he changed the world.

To say he was a complex individual is putting it mildly. I am surprised people didn't just punch him in the nose at every opportunity.

More than anything Jobs wanted to “make a dent in the universe.” He wrestled and fought to make his visions reality.

He was responsible for much of the following:

The Graphical User Interface.
The computer mouse.
The personal computer. He helped to bring computers into the home.
The iPod.
iTunes - which helped to tame illegal downloading.
Pixar Animation Studios
iPhone
iPad

Through all of this, he simply was not a pleasant person to be around. He tended to see the world as either fantastic or total crap. He yelled a people a lot, he stole the credit for ideas and he alienated people.

But his story was completely fascinating. It is amazing to think about how much he changed our modern-day lives. Without his vision, we could still be using flip phones.

I am writing this post on an iPad which, interestingly, has an Apple Pencil attached. Jobs hated the stylus and now that I have one I can see he was right. I hardly use the thing and it actually gets in my way.

The author did a terrific job of showing the real Steve Jobs. He had permission and was unafraid to show his dark sides as well as his genius.

This is a big read but should tell you something about how much influence Jobs had.

Highly recommended.

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kayjanae
May 11, 2018

for a non tech person I really enjoyed the audio CD. Reader/listener beware: Steve Jobs has a foul mouth and really is a jerk... He wanted the "truth" told so Steve is shown in his true light. I would watch who is in the car with you when you listen to it. There are 20 CDs so it takes a while in the car. I listened to it when I drove by myself( in one shot )12 hours and it kept me awake! Walter Isaacson is a great author. I listened to this because I loved his Leonardo Da Vinci book on CD. I have his other books on CD on hold.

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kepicturewoman
Nov 08, 2015

I've appreciated the story of Steve Jobs in the historical context. I also ordered the book to look at the photos of old Mac's - Can I believe that all this technological revolution blossomed in my lifetime? How all this changed my life. This book is well done - giving insight into all the characters who played a role and their relationships with one another.

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danielestes
Dec 11, 2013

Oh, to have come of age in the 60's and 70's in what is now widely known as Silicon Valley. For Steve Jobs, born at the right time in the right place with a good mix of skills and luck, it was like having a front row seat to the future. Still, I love this biography for other reasons. It's not simply an account of his life, but an accurate account. One that shows all the fanfare and failings. In the introduction the author relates how Jobs' wife implored him to tell the whole truth about her husband. Jobs had many flaws, some of them unforgivable, but it's these moments that create the full picture of a man who would shape the tech world.

Walter Isaacson's book takes the reader through nearly all of Jobs' life, starting from his idyllic childhood being raised by adoptive parents through his experimental drug years, the founding of Apple with Steve Wozniak, early 80's Apple, his exile, NeXT, Pixar, the return to Apple and the tech revolution, and fighting cancer. You'll also meet all the people—friends, loved ones, co-workers, industry contemporaries—that were a part of his story, and all have insight to share.

It doesn't seem right that it's the semi-crazy assholes who pioneer our future. And still people followed Steve Jobs because he could inspire like few ever could. For that I admire him, even while part of me shakes my head at the personal chaos he left in his wake.

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Napi
Oct 28, 2013

Well developed biography without trying to lead the reader to think one way or another about the subject. It feels I got an accurate description of Jobs, an interesting figure.

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pineapple
Jun 01, 2012

OK, right up front here. The bio box of S.Jobs by w. Isaacson is 20 (yes, twenty) audio CDs. And it has tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking.
My CD player is in a CD case that straps across my chest and so listened to them on transit, shopping, vacuuming, etc.
Well worth it. Isaacson(author) had 40 interviews with Jobs over 2 yrs. and interviews "with more than a 100 family members, adversaries..." ...the works!
Give you an eg. of small details: The ipad name was debatable as it sounded like "maxi pad"...no one thinks that now...it gives his personal life, girlfriends, family, and all his professional life...he almost comes across as a "brat genius" and actually cries with colleagues if he doesn't get his way! Jobs was "disruptive" in the Apple organization; difficult to deal with. But in the end you see what he gave and left us all.

Cheers, a patron

stephaniehjones Mar 19, 2012

While you are waiting to listen to this book, you may be interested in listening to CBC's Under the Influence 2 part program titled "The Marketing Genius of Steve Jobs". Here is the link to Part 1: http://www.cbc.ca/undertheinfluence/season-1/2012/02/18/the-marketing-genius-of-steve-jobs---part-1-1/

umarcarter Mar 07, 2012

another good one...

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faust41
Sep 22, 2013

Steve Jobs and his vision makes the progression of technology relevant to everyone. You don't have to be an Apple fan to appreciate the genius. You may not like him, agree with his decisions, or approve of his politics but we all owe a great deal to Steve Jobs, Steve Wosniack and the technological revolutionaries of the 1980s.
Mr. Isaacson captures the mindset of Jobs. This is an easy to follow and enjoyable biography.

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