• The Return to the Little Kingdom

  • Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World
  • By: Michael Moritz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-11-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (19 ratings)


Twenty-five years later, revisiting the first authorized biography of Apple and its co-founder and celebrity CEO, Steve Jobs. In 1984, The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer told the story of Apples first decade alongside the histories of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Now, completely revised and expanded, Return to the Little Kingdom is the definitive biography of Apple and its founders from the very beginning. Moritz brings readers inside the childhood homes of Jobs and Wozniak and records how they dropped out of college and founded Apple in 1976. He follows the fortunes of the company through the mid-1980s, and in new material, tracks the development of Apple to the present and offers an insider's profile of Jobs, whose genius made Apple the powerhouse it is today. Required reading for everyone who's ever listened to music on an iPod, Return to the Little Kingdom is timely and thorough, and the only book that explains how Steve Jobs founded the company that changed our world.
©2009 Michael Moritz (P)2010 Audible, Inc
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1 out of 5 stars
By Brett on 17-09-11

Hard work

I don't normally write reviews but hopefully I can help my fellow man and help someone to avoid this book. I thought there would be more books about Steve Jobs and the Apple phenomenon but the choice, unfortunately, is limited. This book is long, tedious and full of meaningless detail. Avoid it, unless you like that kind of thing.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Stuart on 01-12-10

Meticulous anticlimax

Contains impressively thorough minutiae which make up a fascinating picture of Steve Jobs and, more accurately, the tale of Apple Computers, Inc. Right up until 1984.
A clumsily tacked on final chapter addressing the minor details of Woz' & Jobs' departure, the return of the latter and the salvation of Apple with iMac, not to mention the company's second global revolution, this time in the field of mobile devices, is nothing short of an embarrassment. And a massive anticlimax.
Which is the unfortunate reason that an audiobook which often had me glued to the Apple device of my choice only gets 2 stars (unlike the latter which, inevitably, gets 5.)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Brian R. Sakowicz on 23-11-11

Good book… Right up until the last hour

I really enjoyed listened to this audiobook. I've been listening to a couple of different biographies and stories about the early days of silicon valley and I heard a recommendation to listen to this one, so I gave it a try. It was a little convoluted how the story would bounce back and forth between the present (present for when the book was written) to the past. You do get a sense of all the people who helped start Apple and get it going. The worst part of this book, though, is the epilogue. This was added on about a year or two ago (the iPhone4 was referenced). The author tells how he is an investor in Apple and then launches into a praise-a-thon for all that Apple has done since the return of Steve Jobs. It was a little too gushing with praise for me. He did point out Apple's missteps for about a minute, but the other hour of the epilogue kept the theme of Apple's infallibility.

Other than that, I found that this was a great listen. Try it and enjoy!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gio on 26-10-12

Limited in time but much better than Isacsson

Any additional comments?

It seems to relive those times, so real and interesting to someone who, like me, likes to learn everything about when personal computers were born...

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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