The amazing story of how personal computing became an integral part of our lives. To think that from now on, most of the world will not remember a time before computers. This book is the history of how it all began.
Steve's personality is memorable, he was such an unlikable person yet his genius somehow makes his arrogant behavior OK.
Didn't notice it much, which is a good thing, it was all about the story.
An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and how personal computing began. A story about the power, intimacy, and curious nature of those people who changed our lives forever. The world will now be different than it was in t he time before these amazing people. Was it them, or was it simply time? We'll never know for sure.
One thing is for sure, our world is different because of Apple and Steve Jobs.
Mary Liechty Adams
While this man contributed to the introduction of marvelous technology to the world, he must have been nearly impossible to live with and/or work with! His primary gift may have been to recognize the talent to manifest his dreams!
Yes the book is great
Total mismatch between narrator and story. Nasal voice. Horrible tone and can't even pronounce Palo Alto
Read it don't listen to this
One of the best
The in depth look at the life of Steve Jobs
Dylan Baker's narration didn't seem to fit the material of the biography. His voice and narration were more suited to a western or a more folksy-type book.
I Love Apple and this just top it off for me..
He did not get paid to run the company. He just loved it that much.. Such Passion.
Great book. The reader is clear and expressive. There are so many interesting stories about Jobs' life covered in great detail, this is just fascinating!
This book was not just about Steve Jobs. His personality is fascinating and he accomplished a lot, but the book also brings the reader through the evolution of technology. I was a Mac user and then not and then went back to the Mac again. Guess what....this all coincided with when Jobs worked for Apple and didn't and did again. This book answered a lot of questions I've often pondered over the last 20 years. I learned so much about ipods and ipads too. I generally prefer to read Fiction, but this book was an excellent story and I never got bored, even in some technical parts. Isaacson really makes technology accessible to the reader as Jobs would have wanted him to.
I was in awe of Steve Jobs throughout the book, even though he was thoughtless and arrogant. I was very touched near the end of the book as Jobs knows he will not live long, but hopes that he built a quality company that will continue his legacy.
I think listening to the book might be better than reading it, because one pays more attention to detail and each detail is important to explain why Jobs did what he did and how technology evolved.
I would read this book again; it was fascinating and inspirational. He really set the bar high for his engineers to reach the unreachable...but they always did!
Steve was difficult and weird but I loved his vision and philosophy. "Make it something WE want!" He always demanded a lot, often at the expense of others, but he sure got people to rise to the challenge and they always came through (or they were through). I really loved his vision for simplicity...he had great taste...all Apple products have always had tremendous aesthetic appeal. He really inspires me to strive and not settle for less than perfection.
The delivery was excellent. I'm in awe of someone that can read such a lengthy book, yet always sounding as fresh as the first page! I almost felt like he was Jobs...but I've never heard Jobs speak.
The Difficult Visionary
I was never an Apple or Jobs fan but I have a new respect for both. His vision changed the world, there's no doubt about that. And while I also enjoy Android, I realize now that even Android most probably would not have been born had it not been for Jobs' vision. He spurred the competition to new heights. Who would have ever thought a cell phone could do so much...not to mention music players and tablets! Thank you Steve...you have greatly enhanced our lives!!!
Walter Isaacson's attention to detail reminds me of Job's himself. The author was so detailed that in many ways I could see in my mind exactly what he was describing. Later, after listening to the book, I see references described by Isaacson on TV and Web, and I now have a better, thorough understanding of those events.
To be honest, this was my first audiobook listen, and my first biography.
Dylan Baker's performance of Steve Jobs was pretty spot on. It felt as though I was really listening to Jobs himself. Overall, Baker was clear, and pleasant to listen to.
The part from the first page, to the final page.
The only area of the book that fell off for me were the areas surrounding Steve Jobs' romantic relationships. While I understand that with this being a biography those areas are needed, I felt like they didn't fit. That said, they were just as well written and performed as the rest of the book.
Insights into the mind of a great man, and the insights of others about him.
Stories about the early days and seeing how those habits and views evolved into what we experienced in real life.
There are a few touching moments...make you realize that Jobs was as damaged as the rest of us, possibly more than average, and how it shaped him. Plenty of laughs...both "with" and "at" him.