In starting this book, I was skeptical that I would enjoy it. I usually stay away from non-fiction but we are an Apple family and my husband wanted to read it too. This book took me awhile to get through but I enjoyed practically every minute of it. There were maybe one or two sections that I could have done without, such as what music Steve had on his ipod. Aside from getting a really in depth view into this man's very exciting and successful life, I also gained an insight into the reasons behind his success. The biographer does not superficially paint job in a positive light. Instead, he shows how Jobs' methods worked to make Apple the amazing company that it is today. At one point it is said, that if they could have better combined Jobs' stern way of operating and high expectation with Wozniak's playful, friendly approach that working at Apple might be a perfect experience. But, just as Steve is not perfect, Apple has it's flaws as well. I love that by working closely with Jobs the author is able to carefully layout Steve's intricate thinking and forethought that went into creating the products that I know and love. The narrator did a great job keeping my interest and relaying the words of Isaacson. I recommend this book to anyone whether or tech geek or not.
Really an incredible read and narration that not only gives a clear picture of who Steve was and what he accomplished, but also explains why he became the man he was by examining his entire life from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
If you are not hooked to one of the iDevices yet, you will after listening to this book, almost guaranteed. Amazing narration and story about a genius visionary...
The writer's ability to take multiple complex elements and weave them into a cohesive and accessible whole.
I can't recall reading another book like this, but I can certainly think of individuals in history who had a similar mix of genius, the demonic, profound insight and a touch of mental disorder.
I have not listened to other performances by Dylan Baker.
The three faces of Steve :-)
For all my ambivalence about Steve Jobs and Apple (becoming even more ambivalent after reading the book) I stand in awe of this man, his genius and his vision. This book was accessible, as balanced as it could be (aware of its own flaws) and fascinating. I couldn't stop listening.
The true and raw story...loved it!
Steve jobs the truth, the sad the reality!
This is a must read, listen buy...etc!
Yes I would listen to it again, in fact I aready started.
How Jobs persevered when all about him doubted his abilities
His tone, inflection; a sense that he was a part of the interview with the author.
When Jobs reached out to his out of wedlock daughter.
Good book, no great book!
This is one of the best books that I've ever read or listened to. The author did an amazing job of letting us know a genius. It's fascinating. CF
It's worth every penny.
This is more than a book about Steve Jobs. It is an insight into our digital world and its denizens. Do yourself a favor. Read it next.
Long time artist now working exclusively in Digital art. I also write. It's very nice to be here.
Yes, I would listen once more. I was very curious about the man who's genius created so many
I believe I enjoyed reading about his younger years and watching that spark take many turns before it flared into brightness.
I believe he did a fair job. It could have been better by fleshing out the characters a bit more, but he did an admirable job.
I followed Steve Jobs' career from when he first started Apple with Woz, so I knew quite a bit about him. However, this biography fills many gaps and introduces new insights by providing intimate details not always available elsewhere. By the same token, some dimensions of Jobs' life are given short shrift or omitted altogether. Of course, what to include is always a dilemma when writing a biography, and Isaacson's goal appears to have been to present a balanced a view of Jobs' life -- with both good and bad thrown into the mix -- but in the end it should be no surprise that Jobs comes across as something of a business super-hero, which he may very well may have been.
Overall, Dylan Baker does a fine job as narrator and Isaacson an admirable job as author. The book is a must for anyone wanting to know about Jobs, but just as important it presents a certain perspective on the history of personal computers from the 1970's to the present. Despite its length, the book leaves you wanting more when you complete it.