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
This book is about an incredible life and incredible time in history. As I listened I wasn't always sure I wanted to hear and now know all I know about Steve Jobs, but there is no doubt that this is a very well-researched, thoughtful biography. I was riveted the entire time.
My only complaint is that the narrator had some quirks in his pronunciation of certain words that really grated on me including pronouncing "kludgy" as if it rhymed with "fudgey" instead of "fugee." Everyone in computer development knows and uses that word.
I was hesitant to purchase this book, thinking its length and being a life story I would loose interest. Not so at all, this is one I hated to shut off!! Very well written, both interesting, "educational" and inspiring! I say God Bless all of those people who not only were able to "put up with" Mr Jobs but were able to do the work, while he took the credit, because he had the "drive and vision"! I gained so much respect for him in that his drive was not for money, but to leave a legacy . I do believe our world is better because of them all! I will definatly listen to this again soon!
Great story - even though Steve Jobs is a cultural icon I really did not know the details, and found his story fascinating. His hand was in everything Apple and I wonder if Apple will continue to be the media leader it has been without his vision.
The narration sometimes seemed mechanical, however I recommend this book; the story keeps one's interest.
Enjoyed the insights into Steve Jobs. Appreciative of his willingness to share them with the author. I'm an Apple fan. My products were the Apple II then after many years my iPods, Mac Book, iPhone, and iPad were treats after I retired, leaving Windows behind. Thanks, Steve. Rest in peace.
I had to put down my other book when this was released. I finished it pretty quickly because it was so entertaining. It was also informative about the cutthroat businesses of music, movies, and technology as a whole. I respect Steve Jobs as an innovator even more now, but perhaps respect him less as a human being. That may sound harsh, but it's a testament to the honesty behind this book. They didn't sugar-coat any of Jobs's quirks or bluntness when dealing with others. Some people here complained about the narrator. I thought the narration was well-done. He may not do a good "Steve" impression, but I don't think he was going for that either.
Factual errors and mistakes made by someone unfamiliar with Apple. Not bad, but not great.
Drinking game... take a shot each time you hear "Jobs was furious."
This book doesn't seem to be written for people who actually followed Apple and Steve Jobs. Some of the content is flat wrong.
The reader is incredibly annoying and whiney. He sometimes made me 'furious'... :)