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.
Quotes of Steve Jobs
I understood that even a great man may have weak and strength points
No I have not.
There were a lot of such moments.
Great book! Recommend!
Really gave me an insight into the man's mind... extremely passionate about what he did and didnt care what the world though about it !! The book was balanced didnt make the guy to be a saint nor a sinner just human.....Recommended !!
Having an ipod and ipad have changed my world and my life for the better. Going to the Gym and Walking my dog was boring but having an ipod to listen to made excerising fun and informative. I have become slimer, healthier and happier. I wanted to know about the man who made this possible. I was not disappointed. I was captivated by Steve Jobs - you certainly might not have liked him as your boss or your friend but I certainly admire him for his genius. I loss a couple of pounds just walking and listening to this fabulous story of a
wonderful, clever, flawed man.
Nothing compares to this book
Steve Jobs comes alive and even though i am not a techincal person I felt I understood what he was doing and I loved the fact that he was an artist and he wanted to make the product beautiful as well as workable and efficient.
No - too long
I would certainly recommend this book to my friends but I realise it might not suit everyone.
I think the interweaving of the family and relationship stories of Steve Jobs with the tech and business aspects of his life makes this a biography that may satisfy both techies, business readers, and people who like a good biography. Personally I think this biography gives the technology and computing industry a much needed in-depth human story to show to the world - it gives people an insight into one of the modern visionaries of the industry and shows us that it is people, with their emotions, conflicts, passion, perseverance, and intellect, who make technology and innovation happen.
I also liked the telling of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates relationship - their life-long work, competitiveness and mutual respect was very interesting.
The man who made personal computers and technology cool.
We've all heard the stories but this book proves just how tough a competitor Steve Jobs was during this short but significant life.I grew up with the first Apple computers so the Jobs story was a must read/listen.His passion for great products changed the world and although he was incredibly rude and difficult he made people perform when they didn't believe they could - he was inspirational.There will be other books about the technical side of Apple but this is about the man - an honest tale that makes an already great story .. even better.
Avid reader from Dubai. Now slowly trying to get on the audible bandwagon.
I wouldnt say it is better or worse, id say the audio version is very convenient and more compact than a book. I can listen to it in the car, while going for a walk, when im on a plane and want to close my eyes. A book would be harder to carry around.
Reality Distortion - The pressure to make situations change to your comfort.
Intensity+Passion = GENIUS
Im only 1/3rd of the way into the book and its great. Being an apple fan, the reality of the man Steve Jobs is shocking and makes me want to hit him, but if not for his arrogance and intensity we probably might not have seen technology such as the ipad, ipod, apple tv's and the Macs!
Yes, but only those who has time.
When Jobs give a lecture to students, and he got an advice that no one'd like to be lectured. But everyone loves story.
Dylan Baker was the narrator of the audiobook version. His voice is quite strong and nice. He kept me engaged in the book for the whole time.
The reasons I like biography is that it is inspring. I’d like to know more about someone I admire, and Steve Jobs was one of them. I started out knowing next to nothing about Steve Jobs (although I own an iPod nano and a Mac book pro). I was kindda curious about the people behind it. From this book, I learn a lot about Steve Jobs, his invention, and his company. To most people, Steve was a Genious. But who would have known that he had a very conflicting personality. He was a firm believer in Hindu and Zen. Yet, he was obnoxious and very hard to deal with. He’d like to be at the intersection of technology and humanity. Yet, he was no humanitarian. He did everything in his own way regardless of whether his action will hurt others. I’m glad that I get to know that side of him.
This book is a bit long. It took me almost two months to read it. Despite excurciating details, I enjoy reading this book. The book contains the story since before his birth, his childhood, his success, his failure, his return, and his departure. It’s a long enjoyable book. And, it’s worth reading. The only problem that I have is that it’s a bit too long. -- Teerawat Issariyakul
This was a very interesting read. Not a glorification of Steve Jobs but a wonderful portrayal of who he was. I appreciated the balance that Isaacson's used in writing this book. Much to my delight, this book was not only about Steve Jobs but was also how technology changed through the years so it was like learning history apart from getting to know Jobs a little bit better. What would have made a 5-star rating though was if the narration was better. I felt that the narrator could have improved by making the lines of people more distinct from the narration.