This is an awesome, honest and inspiring account of the world's foremost technology innovator and one of the chief architect's of consumer IT products. Issacson deftly navigates the reader through an interesting, complex story about a man whose vision and marketing capabilities brought us Apple and Pixar, revolutionized the music industry and put the world in the palm of our hands. His manic and obsessive tendencies and abuse of those around him are not hidden, but laid bare for us to understand that, despite his prowess as visionary and businessman, no one is even close to perfect. His soul is unleashed in each chapter and the inevitability of his demise to the horrible cancer that consumed him, reveals to all and to Jobs himself, what made him tick. It is about the power of commitment to principles and ideals and how one person can truly shape and change the world.
In a word, powerful.
Walter Isaacson did a fantastic job and I really enjoyed it.
However, I have to wonder what the audio producers were thinking. Dylan Baker put emphasis on the wrong words in many cases, used a grating voice, mispronounced common words (e.g. "intergrated"), and mispronounced words that are specific to Job's life (e.g. "OS Ex" for OS X--it's a Roman numeral!).
I really did enjoy it, but each time he said "intergrated," I felt slightly stupider for continuing to listen to this version. I'm certain that next time, I will pay more attention to the identity of the narrater before I purchase.
I'm an avid reader. I like detective stories, history and some bios. But not those gory books that might give me nightmares.
As a Mac fanatic I was anxious to read about the man who saved Apple. To understand the man who seemed to understand us, our need for a simple, elegant computer filed with the creative applications we creamed of. This is his story, not pretty at times but a tory of a perfectionist who would not be denied . A man who was often like an obnoxious child, demanding and rude, A genius.
I loved the book, the narration was wonderful. It's long and that's good, more to enjoy.
Outstanding memoir, excellent read!!! One can learn that no matter how many obstacles you face, nothing can stop you if you don't lose sight of you dream
This was an interesting unbiased account of the life of a man, who changed the world. Historical jewel. Inspiring story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in technology and/or business. Jobs is a fascinating character, his life, accomplishments, and mad scientist persona along with the rise of the information age are laid out in this intriguing and well written biography. The narration is average and I did not like it at first, but it's a biography so the reading does not really make or break it. It was well worth the credit, I was disappointed when it ended because I enjoyed it so much.
For anyone who has been an Apple fan from the company's inception, this is a terrific book. The author includes great detail about Jobs' life and business philosophy. The narrator is easy to understand; I don't have the same negative feeling about him that others have expressed.
Thank goodness for the 2x speed on my iphone otherwise, this audiobook would have been unbearable. Horrible horrible narrator.
I was disappointed to see how so much of the book was devoted to Steve's early years and not so much in the later years. The last decade of his life was rushed through so fast.
This is unfortunate because it's arguably the best part of his life from an Apple fan's point of view. He accomplished so much in the last 10 years that I really wanted to understand the thinking and the person he had become. Fortunately, some of his persona can be glimpsed from the TV interviews and keynote speeches elsewhere.
Overall, a good story from Walter Isaacson, but you can tell that his publishers rushed this thing through due to the untimely death of Steve. The book could have used a bit more seasoning.
I enjoyed the book about a very intriguing person. It was very enjoyable. The sad part is he never seemed happy, but said he was. Now I have to hear iWoz to understand another person's view of what went on at Apple in the early years. I highly recommend this book.
Water Isaacson was able to write a unique biography of Steve Jobs and the dawn of the computer revolution. Steve always aimed for the perfect combination of art and technology. He would insist, independent of the cost , in the perfect feel and look of a new device that would transform an industry (ie ipod, iphone, ipad). Steve was able to start again in different technology areas ( ie Pixar) and by applying his M.O. of excellence and innovation resulted in success over and over.
Like any creative genius his relationships with his staff and Apple's Board was complicated and the author never tries to portrait him as a nice compassionate person . He was always striving for perfection. To follow this road one sometimes have to be ruthless.
Steve Jobs stands alone as the true revolutionary genius that during the scope of his short life changed the world not once but multiple times.
I also enjoyed the narrative of Dylan Baker. I am looking forward to listen to his work in the