A great look at the life and habits of Steve Jobs. This book doesn't serve as a fluff piece, but rather a much more measured take. You get a sense for the impressive accomplishments, but the vicious and sometimes unexpected methods he would use to achieve things "his way."
There is a small section of the book that mentions the advice that Steve Jobs imparted to Larry Page (presently Google's CEO). In a way it foreshadows the current push of a unify look and aesthetic while cutting cruft and focusing on your core products and making them great... sound like a company Steve Jobs ran at all?
Michael S Ruoss
YES IT IS A LOT BETTER
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I did not think he was so mean of a person but he
I really enjoy Walter Isaacson and loved Einstein. I like other reviewers, I did not really like the narrator. He was alright - but not great. Both my husband and I listened to this. He listened first and was telling me about Steve. Since that, I found it difficult to finish mostly because of the narrator and Steve is difficult to like through much of the book. I probably would have finished it quickly if my husband hadn't already told me about key points in the book.
I loved the fact that Jobs is presented realistically - arrogant, obsessive and a creative genius. I am now considering listening to Woz's book to see how he sees the other side of the story.
The overall book. A story that was interesting and odd at the same time. A Genius of the 20th Century.
It was a very long book, I did listen to the entire book on a road trip, six hours each way. Couldn't wait to hear more.
Donna M Thomas
It was fascinating to hear how Steve Jobs and team(s) transformed the industries he did.
Jobs was obviously a brilliant and turbulent man. Personally, I could have done without so much drama about Job's difficult personality.
Anyone who has known brilliant creative people know that they are often difficult, moody, reclusive, etc. It's not easy being around them, but it is those difficulties that often fuel the creativity, or at least are part of the equation. The prolific musician or poet may often have bouts with melancholy and even depression.
It's not to say that being mean to people is excusable, but why Isaacson felt the need to write so much about it is an example of what's wrong with media today.
I know Isaacson said he was trying to give a complete picture of Jobs, but it was apparent that he didn't like jobs and therefore made it hard for the reader to have empathy for Jobs.
It would have been a more powerful story, I think, if Isaacson would have come at Job's personality with more curiosity and empathy that criticism.
the story is very well written, Provides good insight into Steve Jobs, Apple, and the type of tyrannical visionary that he was. definitely worth listening to.
Being a technology specialist and an Apple fan, I really wanted the chance to learn how one of the best companies in the world was created. It was great to hear about the ups and downs in Steve's life and how he ended up transforming so many industries. He was truly an amazing and quirky man and he will always be remembered.
The end of the book is the most moving part of the entire publication. I always fear that my career will get in the way of being with my family and the end of this book was an illustration of that point.
I highly recommend this book to all technology and Apple fans! If you don't have an interest in either of those areas, it would be best to find a different book.
Yes. I would. To take more notes. and just try to learn.
Nothing in particular
Him describing why he puts no OFF button to his products. It reminds him of death!
Love him or Hate him!
Wonderful job by the author and the narrator. It's very interesting to learn of the kind of man Steve Jobs thought he was as opposed to what he really was. He was a true visionary and generations will wonder what might have been had he lived another thirty years.
You will never get a better understanding of who Steve Jobs really was until you listen/read this book. It walks you through his life so you understand why Steve and Apple are the way they are. To understand is to appreciate even if you don't like. This book does a great job.