Not for awhile. At this point I feel I know the man better than most people I'm actually acquainted with. Should probably focus on them after disappearing into this book with the consuming obsessiveness as Steve Jobs with a next-generation iPod.
The detail and organization of this book was exceptional, but the author felt disconnected from the subject matter. Perhaps it was the semi-robotic reader. There was no personalization - not enough quotes or personal moments from Steve. I felt like I knew his story story at the end, while he as a person was still an enigma. I had hoped for more insight into his perspective. The POV felt so far outside of Steve and I was more interested in how he would've told the story had he been able - reality distortion field or not.
Maybe. Overall the book is very interesting and provides a deep look into one of the most iconic corporate personalities. However the references to Steve Jobs personality traits becomes very repetative and distracting. Also the book jumps around through the years and it can difficult to follow what happened in which order.
No. Wanted more of a timeline flow to the book and found it very repetative. However the author did do his homework and was very through.
A right leaning, open-minded, history science and international intrigue buff.
If you like biographies of interesting people this fits perfectly. I wanted to listen every chance I had. Well written, and I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery.
There's much to learn from the life of Steve Jobs, whether you loved or hated him.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
It was a great biography in that Jobs had input into the book but didn't censor it or dictate what could or could not be in the book. Lots more negative than I would have imagined. He was not a person I could have been friends with or worked for. Disloyal, verbally abusive, vain, hypocritical....but wait, I'll spoil it for the next listener!
Can't think of any
Yes, he was very good.
If you thought Steve Jobs was a good guy - think again! His name should have been I-Steve because he only thought of himself (I-I-I-I) all of the time.
I'm not sure it was worth over 25 hours of listening!!
Great writing !
Interesting story !
You just can turn it off ! ! ! :-)
Most read now !
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.