While a book like the Steve Jobs biography is something I’d prefer to have in Hardcover, some people, understandably, may not be as willing to shell out the $18 for the book via Amazon. If you happen to fall into that category but nonetheless have a cursory interest in either Jobs as a person or how Apple was run under his charge, users can pick up a free audio version of the book via Audible.
If you sign up for a free 14-day trial on Audible, you’ll find yourself entitled to one free Audio download. You can then download Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson on the house. In audio form, the title is 25 hours and 10 minutes long.
And in the interest of full disclosure, some of the reviews on Audible praise the book but lambast the reader.
I agree completely with one of the previous reviewers. This is a terrific book, but the reader is absolutely awful, especially when he’s trying to intone statements made by Steve Jobs. Trying to create a caricature is a good way of describing it. I found it almost unlistenable , the voice was so annoying throughout. I can’t understand how in the world Mr. Baker ever got the gig to record one of the most anticipated biographies of recent years. I would have preferred either the author or someone with a depth of character and nuance to their voice, instead of this reedy-voiced nails-on-a-chalkboard narrator. An extremely disappointing performance! Dear Simon & Schuster/Audible- PLEASE have this re-recorded! I’ll even buy it twice just to get the new version!
But hey, it’s hard to argue with free.