I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.
It's in the top 10 definitely.
Thinking of Steve walking around stinking, long haired and barefoot in 1980s office culture is hilarious.
The whole book lets you into the life and thinking of a genius, how can you not be moved?
I had to stop for a bit before starting the other parts as Steve's lifestyle was invading my own.
Innovation, Art, Focus
There were several, but the visit to Xerox is memorable.
No I haven't listened to this before
The holy grail of innovation
After listening to this audiobook I realized I really underestimated Steve Jobs and Apple. I had the fortune to work for Apple in Japan, from 2008 to 2011, almost 4 years were I got to know the company very close. It took me a while to embrace this book and finally read it since I have read a couple of books about Jobs, I just thought this was gonna be much of the same. Another deterrent from reading it was that its 22+ hours length, which I thought it was too much time to invest in a book about a man and I company I thought I knew enough about.
However, this book proved to be different from what I expected. It was a conversation from the hear and mind of Steve Jobs, narrating through Issacson the most intimate details of his life and the history of Apple, Next and Pixar. The book is dense and covers a lot of interesting anecdotes and details about Job's personal and professional life that include the evolution of Apple's technology, into what it is today.
My respect and admiration for Steve Jobs grew every day I listened to this audiobook, his life and achievements are something that beats human ability, it is like something sacred or superhuman was pushing this man forward. He revolutionized almost every industry, computer, movie, music, telecommunications, manufacturing, advertising, etc.. He set the standards for a new, more innovative and advanced world. In his words, he "pushed the world forward".
His death is a real loss for humanity, he died relatively young, who knows what he would've done I've he had survived cancer. How would the future on the next 2 decades would've been if Steve Jobs had been there?
It doesn't matter if you loved or hated him this book is an excellent biography of a man who was passionate and driven by everything in his life. His attention to detail was obsessive. This book may reinforce your love or hate for Steve Jobs, or like me give you a better perspective into a very complex character.
His legacy whatever your opinion will live on, but like him you and I won't be around to test the validity of our views.
A well written story about a very interesting man. Dylan Baker does a wonderful job and is never boring. Walter Isaacson could have easily made Jobs out to be a cold and bad person, but stayed basically objective. He presents the observations and lets the reader decide.
I am glad to have listened to it, but it is too long a story to listen to it again.
A brilliant but complicated man.
Listen to this book while making a beautiful walk, I imagine this would be the way Steve Jobs would have listened to it. It's a good way to get inspiration.
Steve Jobs proves that imperfect people can still change the world. As a man he was flawed, but as a visionary he was a genius! I enjoyed the technological trip down memory lane as well as the background to the products we see today. I think the book is informative and honest and I moved from feelings of inspiration to anger. For example had he listended to medical advice earlier instead of arrogantly dismissing them, would he still be with us today?
I would recommend that anyone with a passion for design, computers or technology listen to this book. Steve Jobs was obsessed with producing the best product possible. I wonder whether we will ever see another Steve Jobs in this disposable, money driven world?
He insisted that the engineers design the memory chips inside the Macintosh match the rest of the computer, even though no customers would ever see inside. That is commitment to design.
His come back to Apple after years of absence
great reading - effortless listening
Sure. Sometimes on arriving home I just kept sitting in the car to listen for another while
I don't have time to read books, and Walter Isaacson's bio on Steve Jobs would do better as a door stop than a compact bed-time companion, so this audio book was ideal. I hadn't read a book in years, but the audiobook not only kept me sane while working, driving, rocking kids to sleep, etc., it also captivated me and thrilled me right to the end.
I just wish Isaacson had updated it since Jobs' death - I was looking forward to hearing details of Jobs' last few days, but was sadly let down by a non-ending ending to an amazing story.
Dylan Baker is awesome to listen to!
I was gripped from chapter one, educated on Steve Jobs and Silicone Valley throughout, and cried near the end as his inevitable demise came closer, and his influence on the world was cut short.
Steve Jobs was not an easy man to deal with, but he was a genius and had some qualities lacking in many people. He changed the world, and, love him or hate him, you should respect what he achieved and admire his impact.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
ntertaining - Steve Jobs had an eventful life, he experimented, challenged convention, succeeded, failed, annoyed...and was anything but boring.
Challenging - this book challenged my views of good and evil, of the end justifying or not justifying the means... of the liberties that are and should be granted to genius.
Moving - under everything is a man, a child rejected by a mother and put up for adoption, and insecure adult, a manipulator and a person struggling with his own mortality.
This book describes one individual’s journey through life. A unique journey but a universal one too as we have all suffered success and failure, rejection. We all have been manipulated and manipulated others... The human experience! The book teaches you about Steve Jobs but also about yourself, if you monitor your gut responses' to his behavior.
I am still not sure what I think of Steve Jobs but I understand what a complex and extreme example he is of a human being. This book gives a window into how he thought and the importance he placed on his legacy - his products and his company.
Also I would like to warn you that this book is a great book to understand the man Steve Jobs, but not the book to understand apple, or how the company will and did create the products they have. If some of you want to get this to understand apple they might be disappointed.
It's clearly not a book about a poor kid becomes good, it's a real life experience on someone who was great and a complete a-hole at times. In short read and enjoy, but don't use it as some sort of study bible.
To conclude I would say the book is nice and worth the price but don’t expect to be blown away … I am sure there are great books about.