As biographies go (and I do really like reading them), this is one of the better ones. Isaacson does not try to paint Jobs as something he was not, but rather tries to tell it like it really was. It is well written, and gives a lot of insight into the life of one of the most influential men in America. I came away feeling like I really knew Steve Jobs. I'm not sure I would have liked him had I really known him, but I would have found him fascinating. His life is a tough one for someone to write about, but Jobs granted Isaacson the information that he wanted to do a thorough job. In a way, it made it so Steve was in control of the story of his life. He knew people would be writing about him, and he couldn't leave it to chance. He decided to cooperate with Isaacson so that someone could get the facts right before other people messed it all up. Steve was a control freak. He was also a detail person. The design of things was as important to him as the functionality. Every time I look at my ipod now, I understand why it looks and acts the way it does. I saw a man playing with his iphone today. It had a rubberized cover on it, and I found myself thinking that Jobs would have had a fit if he saw his beautiful design desecrated in such a way.
I am grateful that there are people like Steve Jobs in the world. He pushed others to "think outside the box" (sorry for the cliche, but it just fits so well). He caused others to be better than they started out to be because of the challenge to "be as good as Apple" or Pixar, or whatever else Steve had his influence on. The ripple effect from his innovations will continue to be felt for many generations. RIP Steve. The world is a better place because you were here.
The narrator, Dylan Baker, was perfect for this book. I started to believe he was actually Steve Jobs at times. He has that same straight forward, tell-it-like-it-is feeling to his voice.
I enjoyed the book, yes you could say he was an ass but he did what he thought was right.
Steve Jobs seemed to be a depressed person.
His passion was the products that Apple made and to me he did a great job.
Very well researched book. A how-to guide on what it takes to make a "dent in the universe." On the personal side, not so flattering, but part of the complete picture of this extraordinary person that was Steve Jobs.
jobs chose isaacson as his biographer
it's easy to see why jobs liked him so much
isaacson saw through the anger and power and hype
the least interesting person in this book may be steve jobs
he was relentlessly bratty / indulged / immature / shrill / mean
it's only his family and co-workers that made the story real
jobs' apple products were more fascinating he was
to be his customer was a better deal than to be his friend
by the end of the book you have some sympathy for bill gates
the recent edison biography told essentially the same story
the man was only understood by a hard look at this products
everything else religion/family/friends was just a footnote to that
jobs' life " stood at the corner of technology and liberal arts "
as the manager of that intersection you take your hat off to him
as a human being you might be tempted to put your hat back on
This is my first audiobook. I wonder if I can ever find anything that will live up to this one. The story so far has been great and I think the reader does a great job. I can visualize everything he is saying. Walter Isaacson has done a great job in my opinion. I have learned a lot more about this industry as well as Steve Jobs. I would recommend this to anyone.
This has to be one of the best biography that I've ever read, not because it's Steve Jobs, but the book showed many of his faults and obsessions and tantrums from a grown man. Steve Jobs always got his way. There are some parts of the book where you get tired of reading, like his childlike stubbornness, but he was the ten ton gorilla in the room, everywhere he went. Steve Jobs burn many bridges in his life, but Apple was his more than his passion for living. He was not a philanthropist by any means. If Bill Gates ever authorize a biography, we would learn that Gates went beyond Microsoft, but with Jobs and Apple, they were constantly not reinventing the wheel, but figuring how to build a better rocket ship which each product that they release.
After finishing this book, it's really hard where Apple will be in the future because their former CEO was more than a control freak beyond the normal.
Good read and a smooth narrator.
This book is a chronicle of events in the life of Steve Jobs. It wasn't written as a suspense novel. I find it fascinating and the narrator did an excellent job. If he had added drama to his reading it would have been obnoxious. The purpose is to give us insight into the man and the back office events at Apple and it accomplishes it very well. Give the narrator a break!
There were some early reviews that trashed the narrator, saying how horrible he read the book. None of that is true! The narrator did a fantastic job presenting the book. He is engaging while maintained audio clarity. Steve Jobs had an truly interesting and mesmerizing life. Listening to his story during daily commute is a great pleasure. I love it!
I'm not finished with this book yet, but being over half way through I can safely say it has been an extremely interesting and intriguing look into one of the greatest minds of our time...
The author has written Jobs' story well (the good and the bad), and the narrator has given a great performance. (not really sure why he's getting trashed on other reviews.. I almost expected Elmer Fudd to start reading the way others have talked)... Be sure to listen to the sample and verify this for yourself though.. The narrator is perfectly fine..
If you are interested in this man's life, I think you will enjoy this book. I was "give or take" on it originally but thought I would give it a try.. I'm truly glad I did.
Back in the early Eighties when I had business cards which read “Apple Evangelist” I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Mr. Jobs in the UK. Like the mighty Oz he would arrive to spread the good word about the “next big thing” then disappear just as mysteriously, leaving us in rapt awe….”who was that guy?” He had rock star status back then with we, the adoring members of the Apple Clan. A couple of years later he was fired by the company he founded. I have been in his industry ever since, and although I was fairly familiar with the back story and the progress he made with Next, Pixar and then Apple again this book fills in the details in a compelling and fascinating way. There are countless “oh wow” moments as the author weaves the amazing tale of the incredible Mr. Jobs.
The question that you should be asking is not whether you should read this book, but when will you find the time to fit this into your listening schedule. It’s a masterpiece of journalism and biography. The performance is less spectacular. I just don't much care for the narrators style. Maybe the fact that I first encountered him when he read the dreadful "The Face" by Dean Koontz and I still hear that in this reading. If you can get past the narrator (and you should) you will be enthralled and occasionally horrified by his technological and design genius and weird management style. I run a tech company and I can’t imagine treating the people who work for me like he treated his…but then I’m not Steve Jobs...not even close. He was an intolerant, arrogant, unscrupulous, fanatic, perfectionist, genius who demanded the same kind of unquestioning devotion from everyone in his life. The book is comprehensive and immensely powerful, it actually made me cry towards the end. The saddest takeaway was that maybe, if he had treated his cancer with modern medicine as his doctors pleaded when it was discovered, rather than waste nine crucial months with fad diets and eastern quackery he would still be with us today.
Irrespective of your interest in technology you will find this story fascinating and absorbing, it is the amazing tale of a man whose like we will likely not see again in our lifetime. If you live in our modern society so much of what you take for granted in computing, design, music, movies, communication and the media was directly or indirectly the product of just this one guy. We have lost a modern Da Vinci, this timely masterpiece sets out the saga of that man, warts and all. This book will help you to better understand his life, and his role in yours.