I learned a lot about Jobs and how he evolved as a person through out his life. I'm sorry to say, I don't agree with many of his life decisions and he didn't have interpersonal skills, but despite that he was an amazingly talented visionary. The history of Apple and Pixar was excellent and it shows how his vision for the consumer's experience drove his business decisions. If more companies would do this we would all benefit from better products and services. I will take that away and try to apply it to my life. The rest of his story is tragic and he hurt so many people along the way. That's unacceptable no matter how successful you are. The narration was very good and it made it easy to listen to. The time went by fast and I wish the quality of other audio books could rise to this level.
His persistence and belief in what many would consider impossible.
I hav not read many biographies and none comparible to his.
Words written can be powerful. Words read well as a story are priceless and left me with an indellible impression.
No. This covered a man's life and needed to be digested bit by bit. No way could one read this in one sitting unless you were doing a all nighter.
Glad I got an iPhone not only for the read yet now I know what went into it.
The first half of the book feels uncomfortable as you realize how difficult Steve Jobs could be to those around him. He was hard on people and selfish. But there is a moment in the second half when you realize how brilliant he truly was. It took a driven and complicated person to change computer devices and how we interact with them. He was being creatively selfish to the huge benefit to all of us.
I knew I would like this book but it took me awhile to get beyond the friction. Jobs is not exactly warm and fuzzy. Certainly the overall story of Apple, Jobs and Products is a tale that will be told for the next century. How one individual could so profoundly impact as many categories as he did is truly awe inspiring. But for every up tick of success there must be an opposing down tick and that lies in the area of human compassion, humility and warmth...not his style. But to the victor go the spoils and Jobs deserves our deference as we are the mere humans who have benefited from his brilliant, calculated obsessions. His most brilliant moves were to surround himself with the brilliance and wit of talented others...that he could drive...that tolerated him...that grounded him...as much as that was possible.
This book is a must read or listen...an inspiring tale...a great marketing tool...I loved it...love Apple products, I adore Pixar movies...and I recognize the global shift because of this man's keen marketing mind. I suspect a lot of people did not like him and I am not sure I do either...Hey, don't touch my iPad dude...its mine.
An unnecessary biography of Steve Jobs. The whole book is liken to a poorly done collage of Jobs' stories, snippets that one can get from various sources e.g. Newsweek, Time, NYT and the likes. Extremely disappointed with the hype created around this book. The 45-minute Steve Jobs' amazing commencement speech for Standford in 2005 turned out to be more worthwhile than the days spent to flip through this book, an utter disrespect to Apple and Steve Jobs.
I did not know a lot about Steve Jobs going into this Biography. Now I know something about him and find him to be a rather despicable human being with few redeeming qualities. The most apt comparator for him would be Bobby Fisher, a chess genius, with out doubt the greatest chess player of all time, but with no other redeeming qualities. Jobs was without doubt a creative and aggressive businessman, but like Fisher is without any other redeeming qualities. To say who he knew, had dinner with and socialized with reflects well on him, as the author repeatedly does, is ridiculous. Oh, and one more thing the book is endlessly repetitious and boring.
Yes, interesting story and interesting to hear the different opinions of those who worked with Jobs.
Jobs' early life stories.
Enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Steve Jobs and Apple. Not sure I would have liked to work for him but he sure was a very interesting, innovative individual. The world sure would be different without him.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.
Dylan Baker was fabulous. He consistently captured the flavor of Isaacson's words and his meaning with his inflection and reading style.
This really gives an intimate look into Jobs and Apple. Author comes off really authentic! Really enjoyed it!