Written By: Walter Isaacson

Narrated By: Dylan Baker

Date: October 2011

Duration: 24 hours 30 minutes


2012 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

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.

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 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 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. 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.

Steve Jobs is the inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.


  • 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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Patricia Drewnowska

    wonderful book with a huge insight into his life definitely does not feel sugar coated. it's incredible to see the thought process that went on in his head especially when it came to the development of these monumental technologies and to the way that he dealt with his cancer

  • Scott M.

    Great read very inspirational there’s a lot to glean off this book on what to do and what not to do no matter how much money it gets you!

  • 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

  • Luca P.

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

  • 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.

  • Aimee A

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

  • Rasmus Hansen

    A great story, well written.

  • 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.

  • Beth Adkisson

    Steve Jobs great read! Fascinating story of the amazing entrpreneur

  • 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.

  • Junho Jhun

    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.

  • Han Yuan

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

  • Kevin Bains

    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.

  • Shelly

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Great book. Great insight on a complicated genius.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Sanjay Singhal

    Great! I've read many books about Jobs and Apple and this is by far the best.

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