Time has become something of a rare commodity these days, which makes picking up and spending time with a larger book somewhat of a task. This was a book that I really wanted to read but at more than 600 pages I found it hard squeeze in the time to start and finish reading it. The moment I saw this title on audio I had to have it. Having the book on audio allowed me to do other task and still enjoy all the wonders that unfolded in the pages. If you are hungry for more time in your day and want to take in a great book. I would recommend picking up this audio book.
The idea of Steve Jobs being a marketing and innovation genius cannot be denied. The book spelled this out in complete detail. However, I can say that Steve Jobs life outside of the Apple Inc. realm is not much different than most successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. By that I mean people who are determined to succeed usually sacrifice the normal way of life. They abandon the ones that they claim to care about. They talk to others any way they want and feel that it's their duty to make their point. And as in the case with Steve Jobs they take credit for things that others have done. The only difference (in my personal opinion) from this autobiography and others is the fact that I actually am part of the era in which the stories unfold. This makes the book resonant with me a lot more.
Overall the book took on the life and legacy of Steve Jobs. However there was a moment during the middle portions of the book that I simply wanted to push the fast forward button. Some of the content in the middle pages seemed to drag on and was repetitive in nature. The book began to climax as it neared the end of Steve Jobs tenure at Apple.
To take a look inside his life and to be able to see all that was going on behind the scenes was very intriguing.
Dylan Baker did a wonderful job. He did a great job of avoiding the "monotone syndrome." His voice is very energetic and lively. This is a pleasure and is a must for any audio book.
If this is one of the books on your list, I would recommend that you go for it. The audible version is a smart choice for our busy lives.
The audio version kept me riveted from the beginning right up to--but excluding--the redundant and ham-handed next-to-last "summary" chapter.
The only thing I would have liked better about the print version is that I could have confirmed more quickly that that chapter was a complete waste of time.
Steve Jobs' for his combination of huge flaws and amazing creativity and accomplishment.
Baker's performance draws no attention to itself, and makes the story compelling and clear.
The book made me realize how much Jobs had to do with creating so much of the world I love in--and enjoy.
It's up there! An impressively written like story of a surprisingly impressive man. Isaacson confirmed his expertise on biographies with this one. Whether you love or hate Jobs, this is a must read.
While I was listening to this, I really wished I had a hard copy version of the book to see the photos---Jobs' family and bio family, the buildings he designed, and all the designs that are central to the story. The visual elements are so important that I wondered whether there is a way for Audible to include photos with an audiobook like this. Tina Fey posted photos on the web to accompany the audio version of her memoir, "Bossypants". Couldn't at least that much be done for books like this?
Of course, Benjamin Franklin. John Adams.
I thought Dylan Baker did a good job, but I found his mispronunciations to be distracting. For example, he never quite got "demur" right (the second syllable should be pronounced like "infer") and he ended up pronouncing it somewhere between "demur" and "demure".
It actually did make me cry, even though Jobs was such an S.O.B.
I am not a Mac person, but reading this helped me appreciate many people's enthusiasm for Apple products. I recommend this book as an intriguing read.
Amazing book, never got bored. An incredible man who put a major mark on all of our lives if you know it or not. Although flawed, Steve Jobs always seem to somehow make his flaws a positive. Incredible life journey. Very honest book, didn't feel the author filtered anything negative about Steve. All accounts of his life good and bad were written about. Maybe my favorite bio I've listened to so far. Narration by Dylan Baker spot on.
Genius, Simple, Complex
Steve because he is the reason we are as advanced as we are today.
When Steve tells Bill Clinton he didn't know if he did it but if he did he better fess up to America.
Loved this book!
Yes, the reader was fabulous! Much better to listen than to read, although I did both
the fact that he brought great design and functionality to computing
when SJ told Larry Ellison that he didn't need any more money
Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz and Dori jones Yang
Nothing in particular. He did a good solid job
I think the points of the book with the most impact were when he got ousted from Apple and in the end when he became more pensive and introspective about his life, choices and perhaps mistakes. It was touching.
Walter Isaacson did a brilliant job of portraying Steve Jobs exactly how he was. It is hard not to get sucked into Jobs' genius and I really think Isaacson was able to retain his nuetrality and tell the "true" story of Jobs. Outstanding!!!
Editing on a Mac...
Yes, not only did it take me back to special moments in my life (being an Apple consumer since the Apple IIc hit the market), but it is a very inspiring book.
First one, he is very good and knows when to pause and emphasize.