Some, not all. Not a reflection on the writing. I wasn't hooked on the book. My husband could not stop listening. It is very dependent on the person who is listening. One of my clients, who is a business guru (who will does not allow Apple products in his business) couldn't get past the first 150 pages reading it. Perhaps listening would be easier?
Absolutely. I believe the writing was excellent and the research was well done.
By all standards, I believe this was an exceptional piece of research and excellent writing. My rating reflects the writing, quality of the reporting of the story to be told and the performance.
I don't like the man it was about any more or less after I listened to the book.
Avid Listener of audio books!
Yes! There are many life learning experiences that can be gleaned from the information.
This was an amazing story! No matter what our opinion is, we cannot discredit Steve Jobs talent and ability to achieve success as a leader in the advancement of technology. I found it interesting how he never gave up trying to accomplish his desires. He had a certain stick-to-itiveness that most people dare attempt.
I am not here to criticize his judgments or character in how he dealt with others or speak harshly about how he met his achievements. If you have not read this story and are contemplating reading it, you will not be disappointed. For those that enjoy learning from the experiences of others, this book provides you with plenty of opportunities to do so.
I chose to listen to the audio version which I felt was most entertaining because it felt like I was receiving the information first hand. While the majority of the book held my attention, at times, the technical details seemed to drag on. But, overall the book is quite educational.
The details described took me through a variety of emotions ranging from sadness to unbelievable and “ah ha” moments. For instance, I recently purchased an iPad and was thoroughly disappointed that it does not support Adobe Flash. After listening to the book, I finally understand why.
Jobs was no doubt a genius! I only wonder what other marvels he would have discovered.
What an amazing man. The fact that he authorized this, told the author not to hold back and provided a list of both friends and enemies to interview speaks volumes - and well - of him. While I favor an open environment for computing, I do agree Apple's closed environment is viable. The only fault: since I do audio books, I think the actor they hired to read it should know how to pronounce Apple's flagship operating system. It's not "OS X" like it is written: it's pronounced "OS Ten."
Despite what you may think considering the subject matter, it's not very technical, and it is hard to put down.
I liked that the story shed true light on Steve Jobs and his genius. He was not always a nice person and definitely wasn't perfect. He was human, an intelligent and interesting human but not a saint.
I learned so much about Apple and the entire history of the Silicon Valley Tech world
I loved the conversation that Steve had with Larry Ellison about being in business for passion and purpose as opposed to just money.
Awesome Listen !
Brilliant, concise, and balanced
Having read the Woz bio and now the Jobs bio I can see the two different sides of the coin, and how the dark days of Apple came about, a long with the revival. The best part of the book is that the author neither focused on the negative or the positive, delivered a balanced portrayal of Steve Jobs, on Steve's scale, this book would rate brilliant.
Growing up in the Bay Area, and following the Apple story over the years, it was great to learn more about who Steve Jobs was and how he influenced Apple. Of course I am writing my review on a MacBook Pro and proud of it.
The story came to life with the performance by Dylan Baker. In the story, as Steve Jobs speaks, you can imagine him saying those exact words as they were written.
I already have, kind of: A friend insisted I read this. Even though I'd read "iCon" several years ago, I liked this even more.
It seemed fair and balanced--which Steve Jobs was not! ;-)
I did notice that the narrator's choice in emphasis often differed from the emphasis I would have put on the words in the text. I've only noticed that once before (with narrator Elliott Gould) but here it was just a minor distraction at times.
Not that I noticed.
I theroughly Enjoyed this book. It was insightfull and well read, although I felt that Mr Barker read slow. Still much better than I could have done on my own.
I'm a retired secondary social studies teacher and educational administrator living in Buffalo, NY. I love to read through audiobooks.
This biography is outstanding in its recollected conversations; personality of Steve Jobs; his fierce and singular world view; his legacy at Pixar and Appple. Isaacson is a superb biographer in my estimation for he knows how to spin an interesting story that brings Jobs to life. I am so much better informed about Apple vs Microsoft, about the difference in computer platforms, about the thinking that informs these technologies. As a result, I can appreciate Apple's beautifully designed user experience but at the same time rebel at the lack of choices and costs associated with it. But no one can doubt that the force of Steve Job's vision propelled Apple ipod, ipad, and imac to dominance in the consumer market.
The biography of Louis Zamperini as told by Laura Hillenbrand in UNBROKEN is so well written and memorable that it is unforgettable. The difference between the two biographies is that Zamperini is much more likeable than Steve Jobs, suffered and redeemed himself. Two vastly different types of men who both made an impact on the world, each is their own way based upon their choices and circumstances they lived with.
The scene where Steve Jobs betrays Steve Wozniak when he "forgets' to tell him about the bonus payment. You see that lack of character and narcissism that characterizes Jobs. It isn't a happy experience but it tells a great deal about Jobs.
Steve Jobs' neglect of his daughter Erin.
As a human being, I found myself liking the man less despite my respect for his achievements in the marketplace. His general lack of philanthropy. His focus on the company leaves the product in a better place, but does not contribute to humanity like many of his peers do for the betterment of folks with lesser means. Too bad. You wonder why Steve Jobs had to be such a tyrant...could he not have achieved what he did by being a reasonable, stable, good man??? You have to wonder.