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Author: Karen Blumenthal Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781427225665
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"Your time is limited. . . . have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."--Steve Jobs

From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.

Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man while simultaneously exploring the evolution of computers. Framed by Jobs' inspirational Stanford commencement speech and illustrated throughout with black and white photos, this is the story of the man who changed our world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a smart book about a smart subject by a smart writer. Booklist, starred review

  • Blumenthal crafts an insightful, balanced portrait. Publishers Weekly

  • Students who know Steve Jobs only through Apple's iTunes, iPhones, and iPads will have their eyes opened by this accessible and well-written biography. VOYA
  • An engaging and intimate portrait. Few biographies for young readers feel as relevant and current as this one does. The Horn Book Magazine
  • A perceptive, well-wrought picture of an iconic figure. Kirkus Reviews
  • Among longlisted titles for YALSA-College Bound /Lifelong Learners, 2014
  • Winner of New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, 2016

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 2/17/2014

    " This was a well-done biography of Steve Jobs. Maybe there was a little too much focus on business, which is not interesting to me especially, but the story of the man was absorbing. I started using a Mac in 1984, and pretty much owe my entire work life to it. As soon as I started using it I jumped onto the Mac bandwagon, and bought the whole line about it being a computer for the masses, for "the rest of us", which it was. Anybody could start using it right out of the box. It was like a cute little friend. I admired Jobs too, mistakenly thinking he "invented" the Mac. It turns out he didn't, but he was a great salesman and visionary. I will give him credit for that. But, after using a Mac for many years I started using a PC, which by that time was just as easy to use, for a lot less money, and with a lot more software available. At that point the Mac enthusiasts began to annoy me, much the same way that Bob Dylan's fans who angrily booed him when he started using an electric guitar annoyed me. Now I'm at the point where a computer is a computer, I want it to do what it's supposed to do and not give me any lip. After reading this book, Jobs strikes me as a man who bought into his own aura. Brilliant, yes, but brash and maybe not so nice, and maybe a little pretentious. In short – a human being, like the rest of us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahmed | 2/16/2014

    " It is all about creativity "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/6/2014

    " Karen Blumenthal's STEVE JOBS: THE MAN WHO THOUGHT DIFFERENT was interesting but not middle school appropriate. Not an Apple expert, I was unaware that Apple's motto for some time was "Think Different." I originally thought the title was an unwitty grammatical anomaly. Passionate but not compassionate, Steve Jobs's life simply fascinates. I enjoyed reading about a master company maker--not a man who had the technical knowledge to create technology, but, rather, the knowledge to gather the right people at the right time to change the world. Some of the non-middle school appropriate items included Jobs's celebration of LSD use and a Jobs quote that edits out the f-word, among other things. It's too bad, because the target audience for this book is middle school, and kids would have benefitted from the rest of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/2/2014

    " A black and white look at the incredible tweaker who changed our world. Technical at times, but very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Turtleduck | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. I knew very little about Job's life before I began this book and so I was shocked at some of the details. However, Job's life story is an inspirational and somewhat reassuring one. It's ok to not have it all figured out. Just do what you love, what you have a passion for, and all the dots will reconnect somewhere along the line, and you'll end up exactly where you need to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ghada | 1/18/2014

    " amazing & inspiring... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zainab | 1/11/2014

    " Steve thought different & change the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajay | 12/3/2013

    " Fascinating bio on Jobs. A brilliant yet socially awkward visionary. This book is a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamby | 11/28/2013

    " A must Read, the idea of it is that you have to follow your dreams !! Simply that is what changed him from nothing to everything "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 11/22/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Intriguing story about Steve Jobs. Some of the writing is a bit lazy at times. Whole chunks of information are repeated within one or two paragraphs of each other on more than one occasion. Yet, for a hastily written biography, this is a step above many others like it. Enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/17/2013

    " Engaging and informative. Written for a somewhat younger audience. A quick read that I enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariska | 11/16/2013

    " This is just a short book mostly based on secondary sources, so it isn't a real in depth biography, but it is reasonably well written, has some nice photo's, it's clear about its sources and very informative. I enjoyed it and it convinced me I should probably read the Isaacson biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 2/16/2013

    " This was a very readable biography about the late Steve Jobs. For people like me who didn't know much about him, I was intrigued by bohemian lifestyle, his vegetarian diet, his temper, his outbursts, his failures and his many successes! This was a very enlightening read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cami | 2/7/2013

    " This book was okay... I'm not a fan of biographies that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 abdelrhman | 1/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed the book. Just a great book about a great man. It gave me a lot to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/5/2012

    " This is the recent biography produced for a preteen/teen audience about the late Steve Jobs. I found it to be very accessible and an entertaining read that painted an interesting picture of this technological visionary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 9/27/2012

    " It was a good book, but it didn't go too in depth in any area. It was just a general biography about his life and how he became successful. Unfortunately, it wasn't interesting enough for me to finish the last third of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 7/8/2012

    " An excellent warts and all (and there are a lot of warts) bio of Steve Jobs - amazing how much he achieved in a tragically short life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/10/2012

    " YA non-fiction, I prob should've read the grown up version, but this covered the topics very well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 2/27/2012

    " I would have liked to have met Steve Jobs, but I might not have liked to work for him! What an incredible impact he had on technology. "

About the Author

Karen Blumenthal is a critically acclaimed children’s nonfiction writer and journalist for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of several nonfiction books for young readers, including Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, and Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, among others.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.