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.
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.