I love the balance that is portrayed about Steve. I came away having more respect and more dislike for Steve jobs. You really saw the fire in the belly that dictates everything Steve jobs did and what made his work great. I am writing this review on an iPad2 having given away my iPad1. I really understand why I love my iPad and my iPhone so much. It's all about design! The iPod, iPhone and iPad where not the first of their kind, but most would agree they are the best designed. The book really highlighted Steve's obsession with design, but it also highlighted some of the failings in that obsession.
It was very balanced. It was detailed but not boring in its amount of detail.
It was well read. The voice was easy to listen to and I found it a good conversation not a sermon like some audio books.
Several times I was close to tears. As a person who often does not march to the same drum as masses it was inspiring to hear how many people did not belive in Steve's ideas and that usually he was right.
Everyone under 25 should read this book as a history of computers and how they got where they are now. It has some great history on Microsoft and windows aswell. Anyone wanting an interesting history of how the personal computer went from really complicated geeks only tool to a universal easy to use indispensable tool for the masses should read this book.
This is one of the best listens thus far! I would listen every chance I could get because I wanted to hear more.
the book was very easy to follow from the narration.
I had heard the rumors about Steve and thought they couldn't all be true. This book confirms that they were all true and worse. To every part where I thought the guy made a smart move, I heard at least 20 parts where I felt that this guy was an absolute jerk and worthless human being. The book was honestly written, but I don't think that was a great move by Jobs considering his personality.
Isaacson wrote a great book which I felt gives the reader a real idea of who Jobs was. It is just unfortunate that Jobs was such a despicable human being. The guy shunned philanthropy and then made fun of Bill Gates for embracing it!? Wow. The beauty of the book is that the author lays it out and lets the reader decide. I can say that I was truly shocked and felt guilty that I ever bought an Apple product if it meant propagating a personality like Jobs. In a couple hundred years, no one will know what an iPod is, they will just read this book and wonder why this heartless and cold individual was so revered by society.
As biographies go (and I do really like reading them), this is one of the better ones. Isaacson does not try to paint Jobs as something he was not, but rather tries to tell it like it really was. It is well written, and gives a lot of insight into the life of one of the most influential men in America. I came away feeling like I really knew Steve Jobs. I'm not sure I would have liked him had I really known him, but I would have found him fascinating. His life is a tough one for someone to write about, but Jobs granted Isaacson the information that he wanted to do a thorough job. In a way, it made it so Steve was in control of the story of his life. He knew people would be writing about him, and he couldn't leave it to chance. He decided to cooperate with Isaacson so that someone could get the facts right before other people messed it all up. Steve was a control freak. He was also a detail person. The design of things was as important to him as the functionality. Every time I look at my ipod now, I understand why it looks and acts the way it does. I saw a man playing with his iphone today. It had a rubberized cover on it, and I found myself thinking that Jobs would have had a fit if he saw his beautiful design desecrated in such a way.
I am grateful that there are people like Steve Jobs in the world. He pushed others to "think outside the box" (sorry for the cliche, but it just fits so well). He caused others to be better than they started out to be because of the challenge to "be as good as Apple" or Pixar, or whatever else Steve had his influence on. The ripple effect from his innovations will continue to be felt for many generations. RIP Steve. The world is a better place because you were here.
The narrator, Dylan Baker, was perfect for this book. I started to believe he was actually Steve Jobs at times. He has that same straight forward, tell-it-like-it-is feeling to his voice.
Historically speaking, a insiders look at the computer age. It will explore your previous version of these 3+ decades. You will be talking about this and recommending it.
I enjoyed the book, yes you could say he was an ass but he did what he thought was right.
Steve Jobs seemed to be a depressed person.
His passion was the products that Apple made and to me he did a great job.
Very well researched book. A how-to guide on what it takes to make a "dent in the universe." On the personal side, not so flattering, but part of the complete picture of this extraordinary person that was Steve Jobs.
This is my first audiobook. I wonder if I can ever find anything that will live up to this one. The story so far has been great and I think the reader does a great job. I can visualize everything he is saying. Walter Isaacson has done a great job in my opinion. I have learned a lot more about this industry as well as Steve Jobs. I would recommend this to anyone.
I don't write book reports.
This has to be one of the best biography that I've ever read, not because it's Steve Jobs, but the book showed many of his faults and obsessions and tantrums from a grown man. Steve Jobs always got his way. There are some parts of the book where you get tired of reading, like his childlike stubbornness, but he was the ten ton gorilla in the room, everywhere he went. Steve Jobs burn many bridges in his life, but Apple was his more than his passion for living. He was not a philanthropist by any means. If Bill Gates ever authorize a biography, we would learn that Gates went beyond Microsoft, but with Jobs and Apple, they were constantly not reinventing the wheel, but figuring how to build a better rocket ship which each product that they release.
After finishing this book, it's really hard where Apple will be in the future because their former CEO was more than a control freak beyond the normal.
Good read and a smooth narrator.
This book is a chronicle of events in the life of Steve Jobs. It wasn't written as a suspense novel. I find it fascinating and the narrator did an excellent job. If he had added drama to his reading it would have been obnoxious. The purpose is to give us insight into the man and the back office events at Apple and it accomplishes it very well. Give the narrator a break!