Beyond learning about this incredible force in today's world, you also can learn a lot about how to manage life and people.
The period when he was iCEO and replaced the Board.
It felt as though it was the author sitting down and telling you the story, instead of someone reading another person's work.
Of Gods and Sh-theads
There are moments in the books where I wished I could have worked with/for Jobs. There were moments in the book where I thought "What a total ___hole this guy was.". Oddly enough there were some moments with both thoughts together.
Yes, there was so much that this man did in his life, yet at times I wondered wtf, what an a$$. It was such a twist to the vision I originally had of Jobs.
I learned where all my love for Apple came from.
A must read for Apple lovers & non-Apple lovers alike.
If you thought Steve Jobs was this really cool guy and a great leader/motivator, you might be surprised, (like I was). If you thought he was a cold-hearted jerk who always had to have his way, you might not be as surprised.
Walter Isaacson does a surprisingly great job writing this book, and presenting a total picture of who Steve Jobs really was. When, at the very beginning of the book, he says Jobs asked him to write this biography, red flags went up for me as I then expected it to be some white-washed, sanitized version that Jobs would approve before allowing it to be published. Not so. I was impressed with Jobs, that he didn't put any restrictions on the author as he gave him pretty much full access.
Also, as a "raised on Windows" computer guy who has to work on Macs at my job every day, I finally get it. I now understand my love/hate relationship with Apple, Macs, my iPhone, and iTunes now that I sort of understand Jobs. It doesn't really lower my frustration level but at least I know why all things Apple have a tendency to both excite and frustrate me, and I now know who's responsible.
I also now have a better understanding of the Apple disciples and why they don't mind drinking the Apple Kool-Aid all the time. I'm in no danger of ever becoming one though.
Re-living that period of history (I'm 5 years older than Jobs, and the same age as Woz), as the author walked us through his life was great fun. The book overall is a great read, and it doesn't matter if you loved Jobs, or hated him, or had no opinion, I guarantee you will find support for that opinion and maybe even change your opinion somewhat after reading this book. Love him, or hate him, he did change the world, and it will do you good to find out how he did it.
An aging techno-geek trying to make sense of the social media world. A lover of Spy and Hard Sci-fi. LeCarre and Niven are my favorites.
Yes... Not only did Isaacson show his talent as a biographer, but Baker's superb performance made it a joy to listen to.
Isaacson was obviously granted incredible access to Jobs and those around him. While he shows a genuine affection for the man, he manages to keep enough distance to unblinkingly reveal all sides on this complex man. So many of the apocryphal stories around Jobs are either revealed in their true light or proven to be just legend.
Baker's reading was a true performance. When required, he brought life to many of the quotes and stories.
Quite honestly, no. A ponderous biography is not the type of listen that draws you in lkike fiction. Instead I found myself looking forward to my morning drive to hear more and was vaguely saddened as I came to the end.
The timing of this book was incredible. Right when Jobs was at the front of the news because of his death, this book was available as the definitive biography of JObs.
He's hard core
Steve Jobs going to India to meet his guru. There are a lot of memorable moments and things Steve Jobs does that I didn't know about.
I did not have an extreme reaction, but I was disappointed how (spoiler) the main character was cut down in the prime of his life.
When I read a bio of someone, what I really want to know is whether they the subject is good person or a bad person. Steve Jobs reminded me a lot of Albert Einstein, and he likely modelled himself after Einstein. Like Einstein, Steve Jobs is complicated and the answer isn't black and white.
Einstein was born the year James Clerk Maxwell died.
Steve Jobs was born the year Einstein died.
I am not a big biography fan but this book caught my eye and was thoroughly enjoyable. Steve Jobs is a very interesting study on human achievement in a high tech environment. It seems to me he probably would qualify for a few psychiatric diagnoses, but in the end is a guy who lived his life guided by intuition and his heart. This is not a book that will teach anyone a way to achieve success. It is a book about a very unique individual who achieved success through an incredible use of his inherent talents. Highly recommend for anyone who grew up watching the Mac revolution.
His comeback to Apple. Not only did Apple have to rediscover itself, but I think the absence had taught Jobs a lot.
Actually the reading was very natural and the tone was relatively neutral. Reading it myself there would have been a risk that Jobs would have looked much worse, as he had negative qualities that were as powerful as his gifts and I think I would have had a tendency to focus to much on those.
I really enjoyed this book. I work in a large corporation and it really demonstrated the difference one clear voice can make, whether everyone like or agrees with it or not.
Well written, informative and properly paced narrative.
Very difficult to compare to another, SJ was a very unique person.
10,000 (SJ) stories in every product.
As a huge Apple fan and follower, it was remarkable to hear the genesis of his ideas and thought processes that not only came to fruition but were 100% Steve driven to perfection. These are products (tools) that impact my life everyday.
Inspiring, amazing, genius
Steve put a dent on the universe. This is a wonderful story. The insight into his personality leads you to understand his passion for building amazing products. His creations are a beautiful intertwinement of innovation, technology and design.