The highly anticipated Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader has become available for sale on iBooks Store, Amazon and Audible in both physical and digital copies. It has already become one of the top sellers of the week right after release. The price ranges from $12 (Kindle/iBooks) to $35 (Audible) depending on what you want to get, and whether you have a valid premium membership.
The book is written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. The Audible audiobook is narrated by George Newbern, and the duration is 16 hrs and 21 mins. It consists of 2 parts with 10 chapters each.
If you are a new member of Audible, or you haven’t yet, you can actually get this unabridged audiobook from Audible for free. Here are the steps:
- Register a new Audible account with a valid email address
- Get a 30-day trial of Audible Gold Membership with valid credit card information and address
- Once done, you will be given a free credit to redeem an audible audible
- Add “Becoming Steve Jobs” to your cart
- Check out this $35-worth audible with your free credit
That’s it! You can now download and listen to this awesome biography!
Finally, here is the Publisher’s Summary (extracted from Audible):
Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily lives of billions of people?
Drawing on incredible and sometimes exclusive access, Schlender and Tetzeli tell a different story of a real human being who wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strengths over time. Their rich, compelling narrative is filled with stories never told before from the people who knew Jobs best and who decided to open up to the authors, including his family, former inner circle executives, and top people at Apple, Pixar, and Disney. In addition Brent knew Jobs personally for 25 years and drew upon his many interviews with him, on and off the record, in writing the book. He and Rick humanize the man and explain, rather than simply describe, his behavior. Along the way the book provides rich context about the technology revolution we all have lived through and the ways in which Jobs changed our world.
Schlender and Tetzeli make clear that Jobs’ astounding success at Apple was far more complicated than simply picking the right products: he became more patient, he learned to trust his inner circle, and he discovered the importance of growing the company incrementally rather than only shooting for dazzling, game-changing products.
Hope you like the book and salute to Steve.