Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (audiobook)

Technology and humanities intersect in Apple products or so said Steve Jobs according to the authorized self-titled biography written by Walter Isaacson.  Jobs requested that Isaacson write the biography and allowed Isaacson to interview him over forty times over two years to gather information for the book. Isaacson also wrote best selling biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.

If you have a long car ride in your future, you might enjoy the company of this audio book, as I recently did. The book was released in 2011 shortly after the passing of Jobs. Though it has been some time since the book was published, it is an interesting story even today. You might remember the film adaptation of the book. The film was with Michael Fassbender in the title role and released in 2015.

You might especially enjoy as I did hearing about this recurring idea in the book of how technology and humanities can meet as Jobs felt they did in the products Apple produced during the years that Jobs was in charge at Apple.

The products range from the first Apple computer, other computers such as the Mac and Lisa, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Jobs was also involved in Pixar and wanted to encourage people to learn with digital materials instead of just traditional textbooks.

Jobs said Apple created products the creators themselves wanted to own. What inspired them was not so much making money but making great products, though making money made it possible to keep making great products. A good example of what Apple made being what they wanted to own was the iPod with 1000 songs in your pocket.

If you are old enough as I certainly am to remember the Apple products mentioned or are just interested in the topics and personality of Steve Jobs, you might enjoy this audio book as I did.

Reviewed by Jeanette Evans

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, audio CD, October 24, 2011, Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher), Dylan Baker (Narrator)