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I'm not so sure that I'd ever listen to this again, but not because it was poor. Quite the opposite.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime story about a guy who only comes along once a century. I'm not sure there's ever been anyone quite like Steve Jobs. I was never a big fan, but always respected him.
Walter Isaacson has a tall order. How do you exceed expectations when your subject is a larger-than-life character such as Mr. Jobs?
Isaacson delivers superbly.
Isaacson expertly wove all the intricate parts together. Always moving, always sharing, always opening up new revelations about a marvelous man.
When we read about Steve Jobs proving his Dad wrong, innocently enough, with a demonstration of electronic conductivity in the family driveway that his Dad swore was impossible.
Think. (His Life.) Different.
I love this book because of the honesty about Steve Jobs including his failures and successes.
At times I felt stressed out and depressed when he went through his times of failure, but I was really impressed at how he stood his ground. Many things I would not agree with Steve Jobs about, but it was very interesting to see how he influenced the computer and animation markets and my generation. He was a character. A good read for anybody who loves thier Iphone. I was truly inspired.
With Steve things were either great or s--t. This book is great. A must read for anyone in business.
Yes - it is information dense and deserves to be heard / read more than once.
There are too many memorable moments to count in this nicely crafted story. This book is a jeweled study of an entrepreneur, a closeup view of how creativity emerges, a study in management, a reflection of both good and bad leadership, a message in how to find your flock, a story about persistence and belief in yourself, a look at the personality of a genius - his challenges, victories and flaws, a glimpse into industrial design at its best, a case study in marketing. It's a riveting story and encompasses the larger story as well - a history of the genesis and maturation of the information age. The book has more good information than I can list here. I was blown away at how a writer could weave all of it into one of the most interesting stories I've ever read.
Against the backdrop of Silicon Valley and the birth and maturation of the information age, Steve Jobs come alive -- his genius, his challenges, his unique accomplishments . . . .
I have never been a Steve Jobs fanatic, however, I did want to find out more about him and his career. I was shocked by how not smoothly his life and career were. A great read!
Learning about Jobs's focus on getting the product right.
Good to great, because it's about greatness in business.
He was excellent. I kept having to remind myself that his was not the voice of Steve Jobs.
The points where my life in business intersected with Jobs's innovations.
Walter Isaacson has given the world a history not just of a man but of a revolution. I was floored by how well he intersected the story of technology with that of a rather narcissistic but visionary man, who never lost his will to design products that work for people. Isaacson gives us an important, balanced look at an era when technology changed the world of regular people. Incredibly well researched, the story is also well told. And Dylan Baker was the perfect narrator.
Passionate, a-hole, genious
Steve Jobs. Being that this was a biography he was the most colorful character in the book.
The ability to enjoy this book while I drive
When the book revealed the creative process that Jobs went through. How his ideas fell into place
How is it possible that a man with such apparent indifference and emotional brutality could inspire others and lead the massive changes to society that have come about through technology? He must have had an eerie level of charisma. His disdain for any considerations about how he was viewed by others, the level of emotional trauma he exhibited when his will was thwarted, his vulgarity--and yet, everyone finds some way that they are like him, and his vision moves them beyond all sense of their own limitations. Isaacson captures the conundrum of Jobs' identity, and the reader finds himself falling under the spell of Jobs' charisma. The story caused me to wonder about whether those that have true genius have an obligation to operate autocratically, how anyone knows whether that genius is the type that Jobs expresses or the corrupt form that Hitler and Stalin brought. I was astonished at volume of ideas that flowed forth from the cornucopia of Jobs' creativity and the range of disciplines to which it was applied. He was not really a businessman, in the sense that the business was not the goal--just the tool for reaching his goals.
If you are in a situation where you believe genuine and substantial change is required, this biography may help you assess whether you are willing to pay the personal price to make that happen.
Intense personality who "got" the importance of intentional congruence in the branding of "Apple", but didn't "get" or take responsibility for the way he treated people. Read this to understand his intense devotion to the fine details and the whole presentation of the Apple image and products. If you remember the movie "The Illusionist" and all the devotion to details and presentation in setting up the presentation, there's a parallel to Steve Jobs' skill and genius as a showman.
Some reviewers comment negatively on the narrator. IMHO he is not a bad reader, just slow. Increasing the speed to 1.5 on the Audible app made the narration more comfortable to my ears.
This biography was written by this author at Steve Jobs' request at a time when he knew he was dying. Although he provided the author with complete access to himself and those in his circle, he still he had no say in the content. The result is remarkable. The author presents the subject warts and all, yet I found myself admiring Steve Jobs much more than I thought I would have given them. In fact, I realize that perhaps those are not warts at all, but beauty marks. I feel lucky to have had this insight into the life that Steve Jobs lived. It added significantly to my toolbox for reflecting on my own.