Very interesting and insightful look at Steve Job's life...definitely worth the time to hear every word.
Best book I have ever listened to, period ! Sad when it was over.
Jobs' life is a fascinating story, particularly if you're curious about technology. But there's a great deal more than high tech, and Isaacson covers it all efficiently, although other sources hint that he presents a slightly more generous view of Jobs than others might have. His access to Jobs' family is intimate, but time may tell whether it colored an admiring portrait.
The reader has three problems.He occasionally mispronounces common words and some names, so you stop listening for a second to mentally correct what you've heard. He also seems to think he has to make the copy interesting, so it's often as if you're listening to something written with sudden ALL CAPS. Third, he's rarely able to quote someone talking without making them sound as if he or she is whinning. I found I was creating an opinion of a person from how he sounded, not from what he said. When I went back and repeated the quote to myself, I found its effect could be very different. No doubt Jobs and Eisner and Ellison, et. al., could complain, but surely they could be simply declarative more often.
He does not, fortunately, get so between you and the book as to prevent both following it and enjoying the content. Given the impact of Jobs on our culture and the details of his story, this is a biography well worth reading.
I was fascinated by his story. Honestly, I thought I knew at least the basics about Steve Jobs. Wow, I was wrong and way, way off! His public persona and the way he was in business were totally different. Steve was actually quite a jerk, and that's putting it nicely.
Steve Jobs, the man and the myth!
This book so kept my attention that I would actually go back and re-listen to chapters in order to make sure I heard everything correctly. I was never bored at any point while listening to this book. Good narration.
Yes, it is an excellent book. I love hearing the history of the computer industry and perspective of Steve Jobs and the people around him.
This was a fabulous book. Love or hate Steve Jobs, he was a very interesting individual with vision and was able to make things happen. He didn't believe that things could not be done and I find it inspiring! I absolutely recommend this book. The narrator was excellent. The author was wonderful. He did a great job of interviewing so many people to bring in numerous perspectives. I loved it!
This is the first time I've read an autobiography and disliked the person it was about. Progress or success is NEVER an excuse to treat people badly.
Yes, except that it would be nice to download all the pictures. I bought the iBook version to see the pictures.
The discussion about the importance of design elements in everything. Specifically about the iPhone external design. Mine have always lived in the otterbox defender protective case. After hearing about the design aspects, I took it out of the case and have been enjoying the phone even more. Before I would not have appreciated the design elements.
The interaction of Disney and Pixar and the making of Toy Story.
It made me really reflect on the computer industry. I've been using computers for over 30 years and as a kid growing up got to see many of the innovations come about. Before this I did not have the deep appreciation for the people that made those changes that I know do. I frankly took for granted many of the innovations that now I recognize as groundbreaking. Looking forward to reading about Gates and Woz, next.
Overall the book was an outstanding view into the life of a visionary leader. His single minded pursuit of his ideal and utter lack of interest in how it affected others was a stark contrast to the Level 5 leader strategies from Good to Great. A very different approach, but I can not argue with the results or some of his comments about tolerating B players on the team.