A credible story would have made this book better. A highly skilled athlete, the author's continued surprise at his own success strained credibility. And did so over and over.
This book would have been more enjoyable had the author not pretended to be an everyman, average Joe, but owned up to his athletic prowess.
Each and every time when -- "Wow, really?" the author happened to win a major athletic competition. I just didn't buy his schtick.
I loved The Fault in Our Stars, but this felt too obvious and juvenile for adults. And yes, I know this is a YA novel, but I am writing this in counterpoint to the many adult reviewers who loved this book.
They did a fine job targeting YA...just not for adults
A cute, if unrealistic story about cute, angsty, unrealistic characters
The narrators were truly first-rate. The story was unusal and susprising in ways that ultimately made sense. I listened to this one from beginning to end, only stopping when I absolutely had to.
I was surprised at how much I came to care for the characters. At first, they seemed less than likable, but as the novel went deeper into their psyches and lives, they grew on me in a way I wasn't expecting.
The narrators were very different from one another, so at first it was a little jarring when the novel switched from one point of view to the other. But that was only because I was always thoroughly engrossed with the story I was following at the moment. I came to appreciate the narrators equally -- both are incredibly skilled at conveying the character's emotion in a way that is subtle but endearing.
I wouldn't change a word...including the title.
This book is about change, but not the predictable sort of change you might expect from a book about a man who is morbidly obese. It is about the kind of change that occurs beneath the surface...it felt like watching a beautiful but wonderfully realistic metamorphosis.
I didn't read the print version.
Non-fiction, so no real "characters."
She has a nice, clear voice and she projected an empathy with the material that made for a great listen.
Yes! I think it took me about two days to finish.
While I thought I had long since made peace with my introverted personality, I wound up liking and understanding myself a little better after finishing this book. It was sort of healing for me...an affirmation that it really is okay to loathe cocktail parties! As an introvert, we are always told something is "wrong" with our personalities...it was great to hear that there is so much that is "right" about us, too. A truly entertaining listen...especially important for extroverts seeking to understand their introverted children.
Narcissistic, ruthless, brilliant
Steve Jobs had a remarkable life...too bad he was such a terrible human being.
The narrator did a fantastic job. The characters were less about the performance and more about the vividness of the author's writing. So, no real stand-out characters, but it was always clear who was who.
The Jerk Who Changed the World
I stopped listening to this book because I found Steve Jobs to be such a relentlessly miserable person that I simply could not continue to root for his success.
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