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Stacey

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11048)
    Performance
    (9552)
    Story
    (9520)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Narration gave me some trouble"
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought Isaacson did a great job detailing Jobs' life. Definitely one of the most listenable books I've had in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was understandable. While I have a fairly solid technical computer background, Isaacson explained points of engineering and design in such a way that the concepts were very accessible. I came away with not only a good understanding of Steve Jobs' life, but of the background of Apple and the industry itself.


    What aspect of Dylan Baker’s performance would you have changed?

    The narration was the only sticking point for me. I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to narration. I very rarely complain about a narrator. I can block out an annoying voice, I don't really care about how fast or slow a narrator reads, I can even grudgingly stomach the occasional mispronounced word.

    This narrator didn't do a bad job per se, the issue I had was that his timing and inflection did not change to indicate when he was going from the author's writing to a direct quote from an interviewee. Sometimes a sentence would start as the author's words and finish with a portion of a quote from someone - which if you knew it was an interviewee


    Any additional comments?

    On the whole, I found this to be a very well-written enjoyable book. Biographies can be challenging for me to read if the author does not impart the true humanity of the subject. I have no desire to listen to a

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