Outlandish, perfectionistic, realisitically-unrealisitic.
The story cannot be disected. It is a whole story or it is no story.
Any of the "you are an idiot" or "this is crap" stories.
I really enjoyeed the sense of passion and that evoked a spirit of excitement within me.
The real Jobs-get to know the man, good and bad.
I am listening to the last chapter, knowing I will miss my daily Steve Jobs.
Isaacson does a great job peeling back the curtain on the life of one the most influential characters of our time.
If you are "in" the tech world, a lot of character flaws and tales highlighted by the author may not be new, but if you are a just user of Jobs' products it's a very eye opening account.
There is no doubt this is one of the most in-depth and complete biographies on Steve Jobs, but I don't believe their was anything new (of great value) shared in the book.
Wether you knew the life and trials of Jobs, or not, this is a fantastic look at the ups, downs and ups of a very influential character.
I also suggest you read 'Icon' as a further look into the 'darker' side of Steve Jobs.
The narrator's pronunciation was definitely a distraction, but the author did a great job. I recommended it to a friend for their nook.
Love to learn, love to share
Manipulation, Synthesis, Perseverance
A little less focus on the use of descriptions such as "best ever" or "the crowd erupted". I feel as though, whenever jobs made statements to a crowd, the author portrays the audience as a mass groveling in the face of a god, however, when Jobs is talking in smaller groups, the gravity of a crass nature is underplayed by comparison.
A little more study into the personalities of the different characters. I feel as though he has heard Jobs speak, as well as Bill Gates, and so can replicate their voices to a certain degree, but his dedication to other characters, and even these two at length, wanes, and he will quickly revert back to his natural narrating voice.
No, I don't think it would have been as effective. I think it is broken up because there is so much information and personality to digest, and I wouldn't change that.
I wish there were more interviews with Jobs regarding his earlier life. I realize that he can't necessarily be trusted to correctly describe his beginnings, but I would've liked to have heard his opinion on matters as they came to light. All in all, I feel as though the author wasn't as critical of Jobs as he should have been. I understand that he was dying of cancer, and relatively weak, but I feel that, given his attention to detail, it would have been helpful for the author to have complete creative control, protected by a contract, so that he could have questioned Jobs a bit more aggressively, especially as his health recovered. This applies to the other characters interviewed. All in all, I felt as though there was too much of the author in the biography, whereas I wanted more of Steve Jobs and his effect on the people around him.
Best Bio in a while. Dynamic Story explaining an out of the box thinking person. Distant from family passionate about design and consumer products.
His squabbles with people.
Dylan definitely in intrigued by Jobs.
This book crosses paths with Steve Wozniak's book several times and validates alot of what was in his book as well. The story of Steve Jobs life was very interesting and would be one that I would listen to again knowing I would learn something new.
I am not sure.
I have not.
It made me laugh several times and respect him more for what he did for the world. I admit I did get choked up near the end.
I'm not someone who has been a fan of Steve Jobs and many of the people I know could tell you this. I've not supported Apple other then using quicktime when I 'have' to. This is because of the stories I had heard, the articles published about his treatment of people, and his beliefs on need, not want.
But I did respect the man for his accomplishments and business savvy. And after having read Steve Wozniak's book, I was very interested in reading Mr. Jobs book.
I highly recommend this book to all, even if you did not like him as a person.
This gave me insight into the Apple and how various products were developed. I found Jobs a fascinating but very flawed person. Isaacson was very honest. Jobs was a jerk on a lot of levels!!
I didn't know Jobs' voice before hearing this audio, so I didn't experience anything negative about the reader that some have complained about. So, unless you knew Jobs and feel you'd be offended at someone pretending to be him, you'll be just fine. The narrator did very well, in my opinion, with timing and emotion.
Kudos to Mr Isaacson. I know I won't hesitate on purchasing another bio from him if the subject is of interest.
It gets fun toward the middle through the end. If I listen again, I'll be skipping the first few chapters, but only because Mr Jobs' drug habits and earlier living arrangements don't interest me at all.
My advice: Interested in the world of computers, Apple, Microsoft, Pixar? Get it. I know I appreciate the design behind my iPod quite a bit more now. I actually sat through Monster Inc with the kids this week, and I'm not much of a movie-person. More than that, I now see Steve Jobs as a huge figure in our world's recent history.
I love the audio version of all books
The truthfulness of it
It made me laugh, cry, and I was absorbed in it.
I would recommend this book to everyone.