I loved the fact that I really got to know Steve Jobs through this book from both his own account and those around him. The book is not only balanced, but incredibly informative. I truly felt I knew Steve and what he's going through the whole way. Once the book ended, it felt like he died all over again.
The story is so well crafted and balanced, I was surprised at how much detail it delivered. From board rooms, to private one on one conversations with the worlds elite, I felt I was right there listening in. I also understand now why Steve was so successful at building incredible products and companies.
This was certainly a book I could have listened to in one sitting had my schedule permitted. Each time I had to stop, I looked forward to listening again because its so well-written and simply a must-read for anyone who'd like to understand how this iGenius impacted the world.
My only critique is that I had to listen to the audiobook at 2.5x the reader's speed because his delivery is so slow! Otherwise, this is a tremendous book!
A great story, well told by an author with a wonderful ability to tell a good story. I am glad I can throw all of my "feel good" management books about how the best way to be successful is to get along with people. Screw that. I'm back to driving forward to greatness. Thanks Steve for giving us the example to lead with our minds and our hearts and to only work with the best people possible. "Good enough" can be for other companies.
I am a 65 year old Geek. Enjoyed hearing about the struggles and successes of Steve Jobs. I even wonder how in the world did he take so many drugs and still have an IQ equal to Einstein ? Great book to learn about the progression of Apple.
Very well could.
It was all moving, although given his recent death, the ending was particularly moving.
Great book for long drives. Kept me mesmerized.
Steve Jobs is not a nice guy. But he's fascinating! This is a well written and well read account. I consider it a business book as well as a bio because there really is much we can learn, both about what to do, and what not to do, in tech business. Some have said they didn't like the narration but I did. My only issue is that some of the stories are a bit repetitive, primarily because Jobs approached everything he did the same way. It's long, but a good read.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought Isaacson did a great job detailing Jobs' life. Definitely one of the most listenable books I've had in a while.
I liked that it was understandable. While I have a fairly solid technical computer background, Isaacson explained points of engineering and design in such a way that the concepts were very accessible. I came away with not only a good understanding of Steve Jobs' life, but of the background of Apple and the industry itself.
The narration was the only sticking point for me. I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to narration. I very rarely complain about a narrator. I can block out an annoying voice, I don't really care about how fast or slow a narrator reads, I can even grudgingly stomach the occasional mispronounced word.
This narrator didn't do a bad job per se, the issue I had was that his timing and inflection did not change to indicate when he was going from the author's writing to a direct quote from an interviewee. Sometimes a sentence would start as the author's words and finish with a portion of a quote from someone - which if you knew it was an interviewee
On the whole, I found this to be a very well-written enjoyable book. Biographies can be challenging for me to read if the author does not impart the true humanity of the subject. I have no desire to listen to a
Steve spent his life obsessing over details and turning out great products. So it's ironic that his authorized biography is so profoundly not-great.
Walter Isaacson is presumably a capable writer, or he wouldn't have been chosen for this project. But the book has a raw and unfinished feel. Phrases and quotes are repeated ad nauseum throughout different sections of the book. In several places, the author makes an elementary statement, then follows it up with a quote that is nearly verbatim to the original statement. In one chapter, he uses a half dozen bizarre and clumsy sexual references to describe Jobs' relationship with John Sculley. The entire book is sorely in need of editing for brevity, and the early chapters in particular seem to have missed the editor's pen. The reader is left with the feeling that the author knew he was going to sell a gazillion books regardless of content, so he spent half the time that he should have done working and reworking his text.
After spending hundreds of hours with Jobs and his various business associates, Walter Isaacson has turned out the Windows Vista of biographies. Clearly, he was focused on making a profit, not on making a great product.
My entire weekend was sucked up listening to this. I loved the way the story of Jobs unfolded, and how he gave gave Isaacson the leeway to tell the story Jobs in the manner he felt appropriate. Is it true Jobs said he wouldn't read the book in order to give Isaacson this freedom? When you learn about Jobs, it seems his control-freakish ways would never allow this, but the man we learned about wouldn't have approved of some of this material. I wish it had come with digital pictures though! Did it and I missed them? This book has stayed with me since I first listened to it several weeks ago. I bought the book just so I could re-read it. Wish I had done that during the listening of the book!
This story illuminated the world of Steve Jobs quite well. His accomplishments and his boorish behavior are amazing. Really compelling
A most memorable moment was when Steve Jobs sent his food back three times at a restaurant because it wasn't good enough.
This narrator's lack of vocal variation is appalling. And the tone! It is really hard to listen to him for so many hours. You have to have better narrators connected with audible.
Excellent narration, compelling story, eye-opening detailed history of Silicon Valley and Apple Computers.
Big Picture story of Jobs and Tech Industry
Steve Jobs vs Apple vs John Sculley
Last days of Jobs' life
Perfect introduction to audio books and a great companion on a long driving journey!