• iCon Steve Jobs

  • The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
  • By: Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-01-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penton Overseas, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (453 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward), Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in years.
Lightning never strikes twice, but Steve Jobs has. Transforming modern culture first with the Macintosh and now the iPod, he's also dazzled and delighted audiences with his Pixar movies. And along the way, he's bedeviled, destroyed, and demoralized hundreds of people. 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 the ashes in a Machiavellian coup, and has now become more famous than ever.
©2005 Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon; (P)2005 Penton Overseas, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"One of the most captivating business biographies of recent years. Young and Simon have done a masterful job." (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
"A fascinating tale of an imaginative genius." (BookPage)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Blair on 03-05-07

Steve Jobs History painted with a wide brush

I saw in a previous review that someone said it must have struck home as it was removed from I-Tunes downloads of books. This isn't true, or as of last look it is back up there. Yet I found the reader a riveting voice. The facts got me up to speed on stuff I did not know about (but left out lots of stuff I did know) hence me saying it is a history book painted in wide swaths, covering the large areas but avoiding some of the more interesting minute' of Steve's Character. The book does not paint Steve as a very nice man. It also paints him as somewhat lucky in his success. In the end the book begrudgingly gives Steve some cudos and even voices some 'he's become a better human being due to his current wife and becoming a father'. So I would look at this book for it's 'not through rose colored glasses' appeal to get a perspective on Steve Jobs and take the 'tone' of the book with a grain of salt.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 03-10-08

Review of an Expert

This book is a highlight among so many books that purport to outline the hard work and tenacity that is required to make it in business.

This book highlights how you also need to be just a little 'quirky' to cut the grass before your competitors get onto the scene.

A great read (Listen) and worth the time.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By T. Piper on 10-18-07

iCon Steve Jobs (Unabridged) hmmm

I was looking forward to this book, but I feel that it is repetitive in many areas and a little disappointing in most chapters. Still at the end of the day it was informative enough.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 08-27-08

Interesting, but also too brief and out-dated

Certainly Steve Jobs is an interesting character, and with a fascinating (and still on-going) story, but this book often feels like it skims over important parts of the story. It was also clearly written some time ago, and is therefore badly out of date.

I'd of liked to have heard more about Steve's friendship with Woz, Steve's re-branding of Apple from computer company into a temple of high tech fashion, and of course about Steve's sale of Pixar to Disney, and the birth of the iPhone.

Still, it was an entertaining enough way to spend a few hours.

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