One of the best audiobooks I've come across. Kevin Smith is a great reader, a wise life advisor, and an inspiration. He makes me feel like I can do anything. I went into this thinking it was going to annoy the hell out of me, but came away super excited to have given it a try.
There are some great stories about Jobs in this book, and some interesting details about what made him a success. The book described how Jobs basically had two view points: (1) "This is sh*t" vs. (2) "this is the best thing ever." In many of the details of the book, the author used a similar mentality to describe Jobs. I wanted more nuance and subtlety to his personality, but often it just came off like he was either a dick or a thoughtful guy.
The narrator also detracted from the quality of the book for me. It seemed that many odd words were enunciated and emphasized in a way that changed the meaning or the feeling of the sentence and took away from the story.
Finally, I thought that a book about a tech innovator missed countless chances to innovate the audiobook. There were discussions of saved voicemails, or references to specific commercials and presentations that exist in real life. I would have loved for the book to be supplemented with the actual audio from these events. This was a particularly noteworthy absence when the book referenced a voicemail left by Bono of U2 that had been saved for ever. Then the narrator described what it sounded like. Why not just add the VM? Could have been so much better!
I took away a lot of great advice from this book (though you might not be able to tell from the reviews I write)
It seemed as if Stein spent a lot of time telling us how famous and successful he was and what a great influence he had been on a number of other famous and successful people. if you listen to this in a week like I did, you don't need to hear 20 times how he mentored an oscar winning director. Just get to the point.
David Lynch is amazing. He has a way of telling you things in a direct and interesting way without it feeling condescending or preachy. At times, it felt a little cultish in the way he pushed Transcendental Meditation, but it's worth it for the gems that are included throughout the book.
I have a feeling that I'll come back and relisten to this over and over again, each time picking up a new lesson about life.
Completely inspiring book.
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