Been listening throughout the Easter holidays and the book has me captivated. Always had an interest in Apple and Steve Jobs and the book provides an excellent insight into the man and how he worked. He was a far more complex character than I realised. Narrator does an excellent job and makes it a pleasure to listen to.
This is the book that opens a world of Apple for you. Life lived as a one great breath. Look up, learn, absorb, live your life to the full.
"A Bad Apple?"
When I read non-fiction, I am easily distracted and lose the thread. Audible has provided a great solution by offering non-fiction for listening. I wanted to know "Steve Jobs", but that was never going to happen, the closest I could get was a quality biography.
Audible's "Steve Jobs: the Exclusive Biography" gave me something great: a brilliantly written biography in a format that was with me everywhere. I loved the irony of listening to the story of the birth of the iphone, on my iphone.
As most of us know, the story is fascinating and touches all our lives. Steve Jobs was clever and complex, the biography does not canonize the man, it often provides insightful commentary, the sequencing of reporting of the main events in Jobs's life made for easy listening. The narration is very good, though not exceptional.
Listening to the story of Steve Jobs on my iphone was an enriching experience. He wasn't a bad apple!
"Interesting Man, Facinating Book"
Steve Jobs is perhaps one of the most influential and interesting innovators of the technology age. Few CEOs have ever held the same name recognition, and, before his death, most understood him as the personification of Apple. … Isaccson’s book covers this… but it also elaborates on the full spectrum of his personal and professional ‘achievements’. From acid trips, to late night pleas, from the origins of the Mac to the fall and then rise of Apple, this book covers it all. And, despite criticism, it does so in what appears to be a fairly fair handed manner… or at least one that acknowledges that Steve could be a first rate jerk.
I purchased this audiobook after reading of a CEO who quick his $M job after he learned Steve’s story. I expected it to be a celebratory – and also cautionary tale. For me, it did not disappoint.
An interesting topic, a well-spoken narrator and a lasting impression of ‘thoughts’ for how I want to develop my own career.
"A Great Book"
I don't usually read biographies but this one interested me. I was not disappointed. I didn't want to stop listening. It gives an amazing insight of Steve Jobs in both his work and personal life and what his family/friends/colleagues thought of him (and dealt with him).
Downloaded this as my introductory free book because it seemed the most interesting of what was on offer. Really glad that I did, much more interesting than I had expected. Wonderful portrait of a unique life. As a retired 'techie' I thought it vividly portrays the dynamism and excitement of Apple and technology development at one of its most interesting periods.
"What a man What a story"
I am normally not a fan of biographies however this is the exception that proves the rule. The book is expertly written and narrated. It is obvious that Mr Isaacson is not only devoted to telling Jobs's story in full detail but also not to miss out the more unsavoury and unusual event of his life. The content just proves the old theory that genius is not far from madness. Job's early life was filled with mistakes and unusual decisions which in the end leads to his unique and inventive view on the world and his development into the true genius he was.
"Steve Jobs - strange genius"
This book uncovers the intricacies of Jobs development as a businessman. One of the few people to be able to create a business strategy and be into the nitty gritty detail. Difficult to get across the technical stuff which is explained very simply and shows how Jobs was able to drive the company forward and persuading people to do the impossible. This combined with his total black and white view of life really frames the man who changed peoples lives forever. Recommend this book to anyone who has come into contact with modern technology - it wasn't Samsung or HTC who created life changing products - it was Apple!
"Amazing Book so far"
Although not fully through this book, but Walter Isaacson has captured a perspective of Steve Jobs that doesn't put him on the Apple podium but celebrates him for the genius and innovator he was. Great in depth view of his life around his range of jobs and his relations to different people. If your a fan of Steve Jobs, or his work at Apple, read (or listen to) this book. Its brilliant :-)
"An insight to the man"
The opening part of the book was such a great insight to Jobs and what he liked and disliked. Understanding the man himself helps you understand apple and why they do what they do.