Listening to the story during my commute to work was the most enjoyable part of my ride. For once I didn't mind being in traffic.
This is my generation, and having worked in high tech as a marketer, graphic designer and design engineer I certainly have some bias. Although a friend of mine that worked in HR said she also couldn't put it down. I even did graphics on the Xerox graphic computer (and loved it) before Mac. Also, grew up to Dylan, the Beatles, etc.
In the cell phone industry one of my bosses met with Jobs and said he was not interested in doing business with us because he could not allow carriers to call the shots about his product, price and marketing. She said "he'll learn" :-)
This book was fascinating even as just a pure business book. Jobs had the cojónes to have this book reveal him warts and all from the perspective of how others saw him, from genius to jack-ass (or something to that effect).
Very well done.
There has been some criticism of the book for ending abruptly. I'd like to know more but given the circumstances I can forgive that. Maybe the author can add a part II and give us more about the personal side as he was ailing.
SPOILER ALERT: Early on the story before any mention of illness, several times Jobs said he was not going to live long but there was no explanation of why he thought this. Nobody asked him? One can be skinny and eat a particular diet and still feel fine. He must have had some discomforts to explain this, please follow up on this aspect of the story Mr. Isaacson. Otherwise Bravo.
Wow. I've followed Steve Jobs for as long as I've been alive and I'd already heard nearly every story in the book, but never at this level of detail. Isaacson fits it all together masterfully and tells the whole story, warts and all, giving the reader as much insight into the life and mind of Steve Jobs as one could hope for. Jobs's life was as fascinating as a man's life can be and his story has affected me deeply.
One note on the performance: The reader is just okay and the quality is inconsistent at times (I don't think Jobs would have approved). It's easy to get past though.
I have listened for three hours and find the narrator disturbing. He might be appropriate for a children's book for impressionable young boys, but not this sophisticated tale.
The narrator's voice got on my nerves
His inflections didn't work. His voice is just hard to listen to for a long time
Go back to my mysteries. This book was WAY too long.
Steve Jobs is a jerk. I know lots of geniuses are but...ugh. I'm really not an Apple fanatic. My sister works there and bullies me into buying apple products. I like my Ipad for travel but all in all I think Apple products are overpriced and overhyped. All this book did was solidify that opinion. I'm 2/3 through the book and I keep waiting for ANYTHING to like about this man.
Yes, the book is very detailed and progresses eloquently.
The whole book
No, too long.
Would recommend it.
Definitely. The narration of this book was done really well. This book was well written, and complimented the subject matter so well. I think each party did the story justice.
The audio version was better for me, because I listened while traveling.
When Jobs and Woz were trying to sell their Captain Crunch black box for making free phone calls, and Jobs was negotiating with the "bad guys."
Dylan Baker brings honesty to the telling of the story. I felt like I was in the room, watching events unfold.
I was moved by Jobs pride for the accomplishments of his son.
I was in the computer business in the late '70's and early '80's - and knew Steve Jobs professionally, though not very well. This book was a walk down memory lane for me, remembering the technological innovations in hardware and software of that period, what was happening politically and economically, especially in California, and all of the key players. I laughed out loud in places and shook my head at Steve's antics in others. Mostly I was intrigued by his obsession with perfection in everything he did. I would not want to be married to Steve Jobs, but I sure wouldn't want to be without my iPhone, my Mac mini, my iPad, my iPod, etc. Well done! Lorraine Mecca, President and CEO, Micro D, Inc.
overall an interesting portrait of a slightly sad figure. From his being adopted to being not the most loving father and sometimes a miserable human being, you can't help but appreciate his genius when it comes to knowing what the public wanted in a truly great product. While his methods were questionable you have to appreciate the dedication he had to the company he founded and at the same time hate him for being a wreck as a person.
A little too cynical sounding for me in his narration. I really wish the author had read it instead.
The book dragged on for me, but I found the story of Steve Jobs so fascinating I'm really glad I read it. I love that it shows how this kid that doesn't sound like he has a promising beginning ends up making this incredible company despite, or because?, he's so brutal in running it. It was fun living in the area he lived in and listening to this as I'd run by the Apple complex too, it made it so real for me. The message I most liked from the book is the idea that you can do anything you put your mind to, you can push your limits and can change boundaries.