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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Tim Cook, by Leander Kahney.  

In 2011, Tim Cook took on an impossible task - following in the footsteps of one of history's greatest business visionaries, Steve Jobs. Facing worldwide scrutiny, Cook (who was often described as shy, unassuming and unimaginative) defied all expectations. Under Cook's leadership Apple has soared: its stock has nearly tripled to become the world's first trillion-dollar company. 

From the massive growth of the iPhone to new victories like the Apple Watch, Cook is leading Apple to a new era of success.   

But he's also spearheaded a cultural revolution within the company. Since becoming CEO, Cook has introduced a new style of management that emphasises kindness, collaboration and honesty and has quietly pushed Apple to support sexual and racial equal rights and invest heavily in renewable energy.   

Drawing on authorised access with several Apple insiders, Kahney, the world's leading reporter on Apple, tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace the irreplaceable and succeeded better than anyone thought possible.

©2019 Leander Kahney (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Best Suited for Business & life ethics.

It just explains, if you are right, No odds can stop. Eventually you will get what you want.

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A good insight into the man who runs Apple

I love Apple #products. They are not simply an object of #art and desire, but also represent some of the timeless #values. Of course, a lot of people disagree with it, but that's fair - every product or service must have people on both sides of it - how else would they get better? But this blog post is not about Apple, but the man who is running it. To think of it, he was a hardcore operations guy who is now running world's leading consumer products company known for its design!

This book is well-researched, and gives a rare insight into Tim Cook's life as a young professional right up to becoming Apple CEO and up until now. The book gives a great insight how Tim's early years at IBM and Compaq gave him the strong operational foundation that Apple once badly lacked, and how he turned it around. The other think that struck me was how he is turning the culture at Apple into more humane. Steve Jobs with all his charisma was known as the guy who called every shot, and while there are people who feel such benevolent dictatorial style might not work for everyone, Tim probably realizes that people won't probably ever see him as that. Thus, he is creating his own unique legacy. Must read for #leaders.

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Tim the unknown..

recommend to listen this book and understand what leadership is all about.. how a person considered incapable made first trillion dollar company in the world and without compromising on his core values like diversity, privacy..

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Great leaders of the century

Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, both of them are Unique and Great leaders. This book gives so much for the current or young generations to learn from these great people.

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Very Bias book

I absolutely did not like how the comparison was made on jobs vs cook ! It’s very his point of view and only good part of cool tenure was talked abot , not a balance point of view !

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An amazing story narrated wonderfully.

simply amazing and fascinating capture of dream tale. loved every twist and turn. Great story of human endeavour and innovations

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  • Tony
  • 30-12-20

Great partner book to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs

Wasn't sure at first but I have now listened to it several times and absolutely love it.
Great partner book to Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson, the book effectively tells the other half of the story or at least another perspective on what went on behind the Iron Curtain of Apple.
Steve Jobs had the vision and intelligence to surround himself with great people and Tim Cook is clearly a genius who also proved that you can get to top by not being an A-Hole.
Excellent book and one I will continue to listen to over and over.

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  • Shrikant
  • 16-10-19

Things you don't know about Tim

If you compare Tim Cook with Steve Jobs on an innovation vision, Tim has an unfair disadvantage. However, the book describes how Tim saved Apple twice. First during the late '90s by turning around the supply chain problems and then again during the post-Steve era by taking the company to an unimaginable height.
This book lacks drama but gives an excellent rundown on Tim Cooks contribution as CEO. His stand for data privecy, green policies and diversity are very well explained.
A must-read if you are an Apple fan but don't know Tim's contribution post-2011.

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  • M. Hubbard
  • 18-04-19

One dimensional and more than a tad shallow

One dimensional love fest of the new apple and I say this having read ten Apple books from 2004. Ignores a balanced viewpoint of minding the store. Tim did a amazing job of getting 12 million iphones to market at once with zero leaks on iPhone 4, 5 et al.
It ciould be argued that making a larger screened iphone that Steve would not allow, getting the last major carrier contract with China telecom and one billion subscribers was picking low hanging fruit.
The watch may be bigger than Rolex, but so is VW to Rolls Royce.
This may be right, or it may not be, witness the huge sales increase garnished by these strategies. But the "I never knew I needed that until I saw that" is still missing
The author ignores the slowing/reversing iPhone sales and when comparing with Microsoft mentions only Steve Balmore and not Sasha porting direction to the cloud and growing Microsoft immensely, not to mention porting office to subscription way before Apple used this technique.
I would have loved to know how Tim rise up through the ranks in Apple and achieved the magical operational delivery schedule of new product.
Instead its just a gushing love feast with little detailed anedoctes probably as no one in senior apple management and in particular Tim speak to the author.
Disappointing, shallow and really awful narration where everything single thing is emphasised and as such nothing is emphasised.

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  • Rhian Lewis
  • 23-11-20

Good book terrible narrator

For any Apple fan this book is a really great insight into Tim Cooks background and his road to Apple CEO. Leander Kahney has written some really good books on Apple and this is another excellent read. Only problem, and it’s a big one in my opinion is that the narrator is awful! No emotion to his voice whatsoever, just a monotonous boring drone that feels like you’re being read to by a computer. With the narrator being a huge part of any audiobook I feel this one really let the whole book down.

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  • Arthur mor
  • 18-11-20

It's basically an ad for apple.

I won't be surprised if Tim has paid for this book.
it says only good things about him

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-20

Love Apple but ....

As biographies go this seems more like a polished Apple pitch than warts and all . I’m sure Tim has some faults ..... ? You won’t find them here so maybe he is just perfect . Looking forward to an “auto”

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  • Skeg
  • 01-07-20

I am so glad I read this book

While Steve Jobs was admired by millions and his brilliance is indisputable, his ethical and moral compass was something that concerned me. When you read this book, you will realise what a humble, talented and ethical CEO Tim is and why he has advanced Apple forward in so many ways.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

Repetitive and no insight knowledge

Book quotes public statements to inform and otherwise boring listing of achievements of Cook. A quick read on wikipedia is more informative than this book that has been stretched into 8 hours

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  • Big Cahoona
  • 07-06-19

Just a story about how Apple is great

Not a great deal about Tim Cook, full of stats about Apple, and how great they are at changing the world. Don’t waste your money.

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  • JD
  • 30-05-19

Never met Tim Cook!

Very factual but nothing you don’t already know from the general everyday press.

The author never met Tim Cook so the book is based on news reports and very loose acquaintances.

Might be better is the reader/narrator didn’t put on such a silly irritating voice.

Do not listen too unless you haven’t read the tech news for the last 5 years, no lessons about business here.

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  • Russell tolliday
  • 02-05-19

Soulless and plagued with quotes from people you’ve never heard of

I was really disappointed by this book. It’s crammed full of quotes and references from people you’ve literally never heard of. A lot of the ‘facts’ are also followed by “its believed” and “it could be said”, leaving me wondering how much of it is even true.

If you’re an Apple fan you will already know 90% of what this book covers and if you’re not an Apple fan I guess you wouldnt want to read it anyway.

The narrator is also really rebotic and lacking in any emotion. Overall one of the worst Apple Books I’ve read.

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  • Wes
  • 05-05-19

About Apple, Not Tim Cook

This book is 2% about Tim Cook and 98% about Apple and how well it's been doing under his leadership. Mostly numbers and facts, no story. A 9 hour long Wikipedia entry about Apple. The author even states at one point that he did not delve into Cook's private life. This is the context the book should be seen in.

It is narrated by someone who wouldn't be out of place at the BBC - i.e. perfect for reading Wikipedia entries.

Overall, it is a huge disappointment after the two books about Steve Jobs that really dealt with him as a human. I bought this book to learn about Tim Cook, the genius, not about Apple, the company run by him. It will be of no use to anyone interested in Tim Cook.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-11-19

Fantastic Book Explaining A Legend

This book is fantastic review of the life of a legend of the tech industry. Recommended to all lovers of Apple and those who love biographies.

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  • Icarus
  • 11-01-21

Great expose on an otherwise underrated CEO

First off, I'd like to mention that the book perfectly trots the fine line between describing Cook's personal life and career, and respecting his privacy. I don't think you should be too worried about the book not possibly revealing more about his life, as may be indicated by some of the other reviews.

If you are interested in Apple or business in general, then I definitely recommend listening to this book. Cook is a CEO who was unfairly questioned when he took the helm, and is a CEO who operates very much differently from the other Fortune 500 ones.

Go for it.

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  • Felipe
  • 15-10-20

Apple pos Jobs biography not Tim Cook's biography

Is this an Apple corporate advertising or Tim's Cook biography? confused...
if you are expecting to know more about Tim Cook this is not the book for you, it is more about Apple s current situation and how Steve Jobs was a bad CEO.

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  • George Planck
  • 04-02-20

like a high school history project. really poor.

Did not finish... lacks any journalistic merit. Amateurish and excruciatingly obvious... too painful to listen to.

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  • Anthony Vyner
  • 02-05-19

What a guy!!

What a crazy journey. Loved learning more about such an amazing leader. Would recommend to all leaders

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