I haven't always been a fan of Apple products, but within the last 2 years I have been becoming an outspoken believer. My growing faith in the brand has come from gleaning stories about Steve and watching him master audiences at MacWorld events in his later years at Apple. What I loved most about this book is its thoroughness and unbiased telling. Isaacson tells you about the "good Steve," the "bad Steve," and everything in between. He describes in vivid detail every habit and foible, and diligently reconstructs Steve's entire life so completely that it could only rival the perfection that Steve demanded of Apple products. Steve was and is a professional role model for me, and even after learning about all of his undesirable personality traits and personal failings, that has not changed. As my life unfolds I will seek to adopt his character strengths, and shun the traits that were so hurtful and irresponsible. Whether you love him, hate him, or love to hate him. He changed our world, and everyone can take something away from his story.
I really liked Andy Hertzfeld. He was such a good friend to Steve, and was so patient with and understanding of who he was. Starting as one of the original members of the 1980's Macintosh team he became a life long friend to Steve and his family. He put up with and stood up to Steve's abuse, and shared in many, many of Steve's victories.
I really liked Steve's return to Apple. He was so impetuous in his earlier years, but after being ousted from Apple, floundering with Next Computer, and eventually coming out on top with Pixar, he became tempered and able to "keep first things, first."
It was warming to hear how his family and close friends came around him in his last months and at his death bed. I also thought it was a perfect touch that the book closed with thoughts from one of Steve's interviews giving his perspective on achieving success in life.
I'm an avid Audible.com listener. I labor for days in choosing titles. There are so many choices, but I'm pretty sure you will be very happy with this one.
Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson is a fascinating look into a man containing enough crazy and genius that he changed the world.
This is the most in-depth glimpse into the life of Steve Jobs that I've ever experienced. So much so, that by the end, when listening to Jobs struggle with his health, and its impact on those closest to him, I found myself emotionally stirred by story.
Isaacson does an excellent job balancing Steve's own account as well as those connected to the stories. Giving you an even better view of Steve's "reality distortion field". Dylan Baker's narrative never tires the ear and contains just enough tonal embellishment to add further emotional meaning to the stories.
This book is certainly a time investment, one that you will not regret.
There seemed the be a lot of repeating dialog in different chapters and a lot of going over things twice. But over it was a great retrospective of a genius
I went through so many emotions throughout this book. I lived through Steve jobs life and I learned so much about him through this book. Another proof that Steve Jobs knows whom to pick to write his autobiography. I am already a big apple fan, but after reading this book, i have so much respect for each and every apple product. We miss you Mr. Jobs.
The book started out by depicting a difficult, abrasive character which did nothing to win me over. But halfway through I couldn't stop listening and by the end I had completely fallen captive to the mesmerizing character that was Steve Jobs. I will DEFINITELY be recommending this book to my friends/family!
loved every bit of it. highly recommended. the book is not sugar coated and there is a sense that u will enjoy listening to it.