It provided unparalleled insights into the successes and failures of Apple Computer, its founders, and its products, all of which changed the fields of technology, music, movies, and publishing. The book, from my perspective, is not attempt to project Steve Jobs as the greatest business manager in history but to tell his personal story...some of which went well, other parts were a miserable mess.
I was most intrigued by the way that individual personalities shaped company strategies and character, which then had an impact on their place in the market place. There wasn't just one winning strategy as the opposing pathes of Microsoft and Apple illustrate. Apple, however, wasn't really a huge success until it stumbled upon the value of music being available across its various fully integrated platforms. The personal insights into the life of Steve Jobs and his relationship with Bill Gates gave these business empires a more textured perspective.
He told the story as if we were talking to one another, not as though he was reading a book.
Besides learning the details of the life of this fascinating man, there are so many great stories of the industry he helped to create. Yes, the book is long and a few parts may drag a bit but overall I found the stories to be fascinating and well told. The stories of his adoptive parents and then his eventually meeting his biological mother were so emotional. And then the tech stories such as the process of developing the first iPOD and struggling because the technology wasn't able to do these things at that time. And Jobs did not censure the book - it has the good and the bad.
For content yes, for performance no. The narrator shows his naïveté and his ignorance of the subject matter by mispronouncing the jargon of the subject matter, saying OS "X" when any Mac enthusiast knows its pronounced OS Ten regardless of how it is spelled. It happens multiple times throughout the book across several technology terms including "iOS" which I cant even begin to explain how Dylan Baker butchers.
This in turn, pulls the listener out of the narrative and insults those who live/work/play/benefit from the technology sector. Its like hiring a layman to narrate a medical book and spelling out A-I-D-S versus pronouncing "AIDS."
Furthermore, it sounds like Dylan Baker is not enthusiastic about the subject matter and in his performance it shows. The narration is slow, the cadence off-putting and the delivery destroys what is otherwise an interesting book. Halfway through the audio book, I had to throw in the towel and buy the actual printed book to salvage the experience.
Listeners would have been better served if the average mac enthusiast or a celebrity mac enthusiast (maybe Richard Dreyfuss?) had read this instead.
Steve Jobs (obviously)
There's nothing left to tell unless you're covering other aspects of the man, mythos, or the company.
Please have your narrators be versed in the jargon of whatever technology / subject of the book they are narrating. Incorrect or otherwise uninformed pronounciations of key words breaks the spell of the narrative.
All I can say is if you have not listened to or read this book yet, then you are missing out. Fantastic in all aspects. Walter Isaacson did a fantastic job putting this together not letting anything fall by the wayside. Dylan Baker is fantastic narrating.
This story, well written, well researched and creatively organized (not sequential) stays with me long after having listened. Clearly not meant to be a flattering send up of an icon since it exposes many human flaws, the book is nevertheless touching and exceptionally memorable. Jobs was a remarkable man without a doubt.
Great job by Isaacson in gathering all the information from Steve and his acquaintances! Walter's very lucky that Steve asked him to write an Auto-Bio. It will be hard to match this by anyone especially SJ's not longer with us...
Additionally...BEAUTIFULLY narrated by Dylan Baker. Really did a phenomenal job in capturing the emotions of the subject....very hard to do....Subject to Author sometimes is easy, but Subject to Author to Narrator..?! EXCELLENT WORK! HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING!
Yes, he is a man that is worth studying.
Steve Jobs, because of his entire personality and the ways in which he is described. He sounds hard to describe. The writer did a great job.
The voice was completly clear, and understandable.
The ENTIRE book keept me moved... specially the end... I was in tears!
Great bio! Great Book. Great writer!
His obsession to quality and detail. He had the ability to vision the finish product in his mind. The ability to recognize talent and draw the best from that individual.
The details about the individual and the company he fostered. It described his personal life as well as the corporate life and how he balanced them into his objective.
With emotion as if you were in Steve Jobs back pocket all the time.
Yes but to much to absorb in one sitting.
Very good book highly recommend for young people starting in the work force.
Mom of 3
I have listened to many audiobooks. The audio experience is excellent and the story is fantastic! I learned a great deal, not only about Steve Jobs, but about the entire Tech Industry. I now understand things about the entire organizational philosophy of many of the giants in place today, Microsoft, Apple and Google. Steve Jobs had his quirks, but he was an amazing leader and there is much you can take from this book! A MUST read!
Honest, Inspiring & Educational
It was really interesting to learn about the history of the computer industry through the life Steve Jobs. I didn't entirely understand the impact that he had on the computer industry until I read this book.
I always appreciate the performers in an audio book. They bring an entertaining tone to the book.
I definitely recommend this book. As an apple customer and a quality design and management enthusiast, I admire the work of Steve Jobs.