Not quite the riveting expose of what has made Steve Jobs the "iCon" that he is, and an awkward uncertainty from the author about whether he is a saint or a sinner. Nevertheless, a reasonable commute listen. Of course the book is now somewhat dated (it ends just as things are starting to get interesting at Apple), so there are probably better options out there.
I personally enjoyed it. It offers a perspective that helps listener to understand complex personality of one of the most remarkable people (in the Western society anyway) of our time.
This abridged version skips all the important points about Steve Jobs and the events that happened.
Great book, poor audio adaption.
iCon provides an brilliant biography into Steve Jobs. I have seen a side of him that I have not seen before. Young & Simon have portrayed it brilliantly, and displayed an insight not available on the internet.
But, it is short, and I would have liked to hear more about his personal life and addressed more of his jaw-dropping ability of presentation.
Not the best biography, but it sure is worth buying it.
After reading the Walter Isaacson book I wanted a bit more, unfortunately this book is full of lapses and, it seams, some inaccuracies. The problem with abridged books is that I don’t know who’s to blame.
Very interesting, but you get the sense that you're getting only a quarter of what you need. This book sets you up for a Part II that fills in the blanks.
This was my first audible download and one thing I have learnt from reviews is, just because its a great book doesn't mean its going to be a great Audio book.
This was great all round, well written well read. I wasnt the hugest Jobs fan but I loved this AB. I Had finished it the day of download.
I am also very impressed with Audible as a site and service, the ease and quality is worth the money. Customer reviews have also been very helpful in choosing AB's.
When I first put this book on I was kind of disappointed in the presentation style, it seamed hard and straight to the point, this is a book with information and very little about jobs own personal accounts of how things happening in this era.
Despite this I carried on and started to really enjoy the overall presentation, this was about getting to the facts and not dwelling on meaningless drivel. While this is what made iWoz such an entertaining read/listen it wasn't the style that suited or in fact could be applied to an unofficial bio and despite this it was a very in depth look into Steve's life.
It does glaze over Steve's early years quite a bit but then it goes on to focus mostly on Steve's involvement in Apple and then onto his years after his initial departure from the company and how he delt with running Next Computers and Pixar at a time when neither where profitable businesses.
The amount of research in this is quite impressive and the reader (Alan Sklar) while wooden at first really does grow on you in time and ends up providing it with a little bit of charm, it's almost like he is the narrator to Steve's life if Steve's life was a Disney film, it's stern yet warming.
Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interesting in computer history and the people behind this companies that ended up changing the world.
I'm sure the content is fine, but with such an old and stoggy sounding reader.. I didn't even complete the listen and LOVE this stuff. Why would that get someone who sounds like he doesn't know email from interwebs to read such a tech related topic!!??
You may have heard that Steve Jobs had all the copies of this book pulled from Apple retail stores.
You might then assume that it was an inside story that pulled no punches as to the subject.
The book (or at least this abridged audio version), is a terrible glossing over of the negative parts of the Apple/Jobs story, and a puff piece on how brilliant Steve is.
Just one example shows how soft on Steve the author is. Much is made in the book of how surprised people were when Steve married Laurene Powell. And how when she had kids, how much Steve was transformed into being an incredible Dad who spent so much time with his kids.
You would never know that Steve Jobs had had a child with his unmarriage girl-friend. And for two years, after he was quite wealthy, Jobs denied being the father. He insisted he was sterile and couldn't have fathered a child.
Not only that, but the mother of the child had to go on welfare.
But not a word of this is mentioned in this audio book.
Similarly, no mention is made of just how awful Steve is to work for, how badly he managed Apple and Next, and how poor the current OS X operating system is compared to features that were in the original Mac.
It's just a puff piece. I'm surprised Steve pulled it from the Apple shelves.