Steve Jobs is an enigma that Walter Isaacson skillfully unwraps, and Dylan Baker's masterful narration adds to the experience. Isaacson covers Jobs' genius and his darker elements. He follows Steve's journey from a humble start as an adopted child, through his hippie years as a college dropout who liked to drop acid, and into a driven, persnickety technophile and business mogul who made Apple a business sensation. We may never "figure out" Steve Jobs, but this book helps us appreciate the inner conflicts and quirks that helped Jobs forge a unique marriage between technology and art. It is the kind of well-told story you will want to hear again.
Having previously read other Walter Isaacson biographies, this one certainly didn't disappoint. Steve Jobs was a very interesting and complicated business leader, and visionary, and Isaacson does a terrific job in protraying Jobs' life and motivations. Thanks to this book, I have a much deeper appreciation for how Apple was built, the depths to which it sank during Jobs' Next and Pixar years, and how it has grown to its current status. I bought this audiobook soon after it was released and finished it quickly, it is very well done and read by Dylan Baker - I highly recommend it.
excellent read. very honest. i expected more insights from the people that used to be close to him. their point of view on the matter.
maybe. sometimes recording was not the best quality expected
I would listen to Steve Jobs again because I enjoyed reading about the tech industry's development as it related to one of my favorite companies out there... Apple.
Steve Jobs was not always my favorite character in the book, but he was close to being one because of the things he accomplished. However, my ultimate favorite character mentioned in the book was, and has been for a while now, Steve Wozniak (Woz). He is the true definition of a good person.
I liked how Baker put the emotion that, I assume, the author wanted portrayed in his writing. For the most part, he was able to portray each character as I imagined him/her to be in real life from other pieces I have read throughout the years.
The ending of the book that details the hardships Steve Jobs went through in his battles with Cancer really hit home for me since I saw them first hand in my own mother. She lost her battle with Cancer and passed away 2 days after Steve Jobs did. I was in the hospital with her when the news that Jobs had died.
Even if you think you know everything there is to know about Steve Jobs or Apple, this book will, undoubtedly, shine some new light on certain subjects like Antennagate or Steve Jobs's personal life and family.
As an Apple user since 1986 I am well acquainted with both the technology and the man to a large degree. I recently this year read Walter Isaacson's biography on Einstein and was very pleased with it so am also acquainted with the author. In this biography Isaacson did a splendid job to fill in the gaps of what I had known about Jobs and Apple. What was most wonderful about Isaacson's biography on Steve Jobs is how he was able to bring a simplicity and clarity to the complex character of Jobs. Isaacson's access to Jobs over so many years and his free access to both friend and foe make this the most comprehensive and intimate biography I have read to date bring out the sensitivity and tension that existed in the man. This is a worthwhile read that will bring you close to the man Steve Jobs and the philosophy of Apple.
There has been several comments on the narration. It is not the best nor the worst I have heard. But it did not take away from my thoroughly enjoying this book from start to finish.
Steve Jobs is the first biography I have listened to on audiobooks. I think this is the best way to experience Steve Jobs. The reader is excellent and the story is riveting. Many of the anecdotes have been passed around almost as urban legend, but in this book you get all the details and the context of the anecdotes which lends an authenticity to the oft-heard legends. This book is a must read for any entrepreneur, technologist, Apple fan, and student of the human condition.
This story is told with complete honesty - showing both the greatness and the weakness of Steve Jobs in both his personal life and his business life.
I have not listened to Dylan Baker's other performances but I rate this one as excellent.
I couldn't possibly have listened to this book in one sitting - it's much too large. Plus I wanted to savor it over several days. I reserve about 1-2 hours per day (during my commute) to listen to it and it has transformed my commute times. I always arrive at work invigorated by what I have heard.
Now I want to listen to Walter Isaacson's other biographies!
Purpose, Passion, and Power. The purpose and passion of this icon has changed the world. Although Jobs seems to be a conflicted character, this book is a remarkable testimony to the journey of a man, a company, and an industry. This book revealed the power of this man to influence lives, sometimes through intimidation but usually through shear brilliance. I thought the narration was excellent!
Yes, but due to length I listened in the car, on the job, and at home and finished it in three days
Reliving the history of the past 40 years in technology.
Steve Jobs, for obvious reasons.
I have not, but I would like to listen to other things he reads based on this.
Yes actually, the ending made me cry, even though you know what's coming.
Excellent book, appeals to a lot of people. The readers voice was almost similar to Job's which made it feel more like it was really Jobs speaking when he was quoted.
hey walter, this message is for you.
i can't help but notice your negative tone of voice every time you mention steves veganism or fruterianism. also when you spoke of the pepsi exec your mouth filled with
everything about steve jobs, his life style etc.
not at all
yes things that steve did just to get his point across
I could stand to know a lot less about Steve Jobs. I'm disappointed to learn how selfish, overbearing and narcissistic he was.
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The narration might have been improved with a different voice.
I sure hope this is not made into a movie.