It's a biography
The reader comes off like he is reading to third graders, slow and deliberate with a bit of condescension in his inflection that will slowly drive you nuts.
The question is not applicable. The book is for everyone. It offers information. It is the information in the book that determines whether or not you enjoy being informed.
No, what is in one book does not follow to another.
I don't know if it was the narrator or the author, but the tone of the book was definitly demeaning. It portrayed Jobs as an uneducated, smelly, drug using, controlling little child. Not a genius.
Yes, I now understand the logic behind the Apple computers design and appearance.
This book may have portrayed Steve Jobs correctly, but if he was such a genius this book did not portray him as such. He comes across as a stoned individual that used other people at all cost to attain success.
I understand that if you maintain control of any computer environment that it can seem flawless or at least more easily correctable. As a software engineer, I know that master control of software and hardware make them easier to fix and personally would have preferred to worked in such an environment. In Steve Jobs case, it assured him that no other ideas interfered with his idea.
I keep rewriting this critique because I tend to allow my emotions for Steve Jobs to override the content of the book. However, as a result of the book, I have a much lower opinion of Steve Jobs. He was 'ME' oriented to an extreme, not considering other people or their opinions at all.
Did I enjoy the book? Not really. I was looking or information that would give me a more uplifting opinion of Steve Jobs. One positive thing that the book did accomplish was to give me a respect for the product that Steve Jobs produced. He had a vision and he stuck to it come hell or high water.
More interesting on a current level. I live in the community and was directly affected by his existence.
Getting a glimpse of his vulnerabilities.
It was ok.
No. In bits was good enough as it was quite long but you don't forget where you left off.
I so appreciate his life and I'm so glad I'm not a person like him.
In the top 3
The story of how he met his biological father.
He is the best!! He was the best part of the book. I will search him out for more books.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
The book is well done. It's a balanced view stemming from interviews conducted with people who knew Steve very well. Here's a few thoughts about what I learned from the book and my time as one of Apple's biggest fans.
Don't expect to like this main character. In fact, I found myself feeling very sad for his family and several of his friends or colleagues. Very few people would enjoy hanging with Steve Jobs. Steve fell prey to the early "cop out" ideologies, and enjoyed the freedoms of not having to commit to any thing or any one. Most of his judgments were binary...either something was s--t or wonderful. His personality allowed him to manipulate a few bright and talented people early on, and their ideas propelled him to enough success to convince himself that his lack of social graces and humaneness were acceptable traits. He continued to take credit for the work of others, and never admitted his real shortcomings.
Nearing the end he found his views of reality didn't quite match real science, and he probably died an early death because he refused to accept the advice of real scientists. His diets, purges and self endowed views of what the body needed just didn't cut it when it came to Cancer. You can bend some people to your will, but not the reality of medical science. It is what it is, and even Steve couldn't will it otherwise. He never was much of a listener.
Steve brought leadership to people who had the ideas and talents. They just needed someone monomaniacal enough to help them be the success they have become. And for that, he deserves the credit his legacy now enjoys.
I am and have been an Apple products person since the beginning. I wouldn't want to hang with Steve, but I'm sorry to see him leave us.
Good telling of the life of a very interesting and multi-faceted person. Who would have guessed that someone with such deep counter-culture tendencies could end up as CEO of the world's most valuable company. Isaacson presents a very balanced picture of Jobs in depicting both the positive and negative aspects of his personality and showing that Jobs himself was conflicted and troubled by these. The character who emerges generates empathy from the reader. There's also a thread of sadness throughout the book. Even though we all know what happens in the end, I found myself hoping that the cutting edge cancer treatments that Jobs sought and was able to afford would work and that he could continue as Apple's visionary leader, creating things that he knew people wanted before they themselves did.
I also enjoyed learning about the relationship between Jobs and Bill Gates - sometimes hot, sometimes cold,. Their orbits in the world were close and intersected frequently. The book depicts two men with extremely different temperaments and personalities, both of whom became wildly successful in the corporate world. I'd like to read a biography of Bill Gates, but I have an idea that it would be a bit boring compared to that of Jobs.
I felt that the book could have used a good bit of editing. There were endless descriptions of extended negotiations between various companies with which Jobs was involved. These could have been described more succinctly. I kept trying to skip over some of these parts without missing anything interesting.
A "must-read" for Apple aficionados - and I count myself as one. I started with an Ipod 6 or 7 years ago, progressed to Iphone and then a MacBook. I really want an Ipad - but hard to justify until I have money to burn. Sorry, Bill, but I wouldn't go back.
I would not try another book by Isascon. Verbal diarrhea. Message easily containable in one volume
Stephen King, The Stand
There was nothing a narrator could do to mollify the length of book except skip many chapters
I don't understand the question.
While Stephen Jobs was alive, why didn't the press know what an unkind man he was
Actually - my name is Brandi.... Jeff is my husband and he is learning to read something besides magazines and reviews about photography and Apple.
As a loyal Mac user for over two decades and part-time Apple employee, I was, of course, drawn to this book. Yes, we Apple loyalists can be a cultish obsesses group at times but listening to this book and you will understand why. Steve was not a brilliant writer of code or the most astute businessman. Yet nevertheless he built the most innovative, profitable and brand loyal company on the planet. How? A relentless drive for perfection. That more than anything else sums up Jobs' success. Isaacson does a brilliant job in letting the reader what made this very private man tick. The good, the bad and the ugly and there is plenty of all three in his life.
First time with him, but he did a great job. Never monotone, very pleasant to listen to.
A definititive biography, lots of detailed information from the capstone moments in Steve's life.
Does a great job
Much of the book was interesting, but it was overly long. This is one that I would recommend reading so you can skim very quickly. Aside from having way too much detail in some places, it was hard to get a feel for Jobs. Clearly, he was not a particularly nice person, but he had some very loyal friends even after he screwed them. He was described as having a great deal of charisma, but that primarily came across as words as opposed to feeling it. The style of the book was to intermix chronological with details of certain aspects of his life such as his illness. The transitions seemed located to build excitement rather than for the ease of understanding the narrative. Finally, the tone of the book changed when Jobs returned to Apple. Before that, very few of the stories gave me a positive feel for him. After the return, much more of the story was in a positive light. It felt like a switch was flipped for a rebirth and growth as a human. It was not until the last couple of chapters that I felt drawn into the feelings of the people in the book.
I am not opposed to long books, such as a recently completed 50 hour history, but this one dragged. The author clearly needed a better editor. As noted, there is a lot of interesting material, but it could have been much tighter.