I really wanted to read this book as I am a great fan of Steve Martin. Yet his reading of it, short of some of his comedy bits, is rather monotone. The insights he gives are somewhat interesting, but few, there are huge gaps in his life (like only one mention of his marriage, and that is to counter a quote from some newspaper when he divorced). Didn't want all the dirt, but did want something that would make me 'feel' like I knew Steve Martin. I feel I hardly know the man at all.
The first chapter pretty well sets the tone for the book and gives some insights to philosophy and inner workings to Shatners life. Steve Martin could have taken a page from Bill on how to write an autobiography, alas he did not. Very happy with the purchase. But then I am a William Shatner fan, so I might be prejudiced.
To learn about Woz the book will give you great insight, yet because it is audible you will find it difficult to get through the 10+ minute explanation of practical jokes and details that Woz thought important (example a practical joke with a TV Jammer in college for the main TV Viewing room and all the different positions he got the students to hold while making the TV Signal work...10+ Minutes of this... too many things like this). Yet some stuff does give you insight for down the line. Seems like the last 2 chapters of the book probably had an editor involved as it picks up and really comes together and really gives you an insight to Woz nowdays (pre-Kathy Griffin meeting...now I would have liked to read that).
Maybe the book will really appeal to geeks. Maybe it is what it is like letting the Geek Personality really come through in the book. In either case I would have skipped this if I had only known about the long passages. But now I have insight on Woz.
I saw in a previous review that someone said it must have struck home as it was removed from I-Tunes downloads of books. This isn't true, or as of last look it is back up there. Yet I found the reader a riveting voice. The facts got me up to speed on stuff I did not know about (but left out lots of stuff I did know) hence me saying it is a history book painted in wide swaths, covering the large areas but avoiding some of the more interesting minute' of Steve's Character. The book does not paint Steve as a very nice man. It also paints him as somewhat lucky in his success. In the end the book begrudgingly gives Steve some cudos and even voices some 'he's become a better human being due to his current wife and becoming a father'. So I would look at this book for it's 'not through rose colored glasses' appeal to get a perspective on Steve Jobs and take the 'tone' of the book with a grain of salt.
I heard about this from a podcast on being a creative artist. Their current topic was on promoting yourself and tooting your own horn. They recomended this book. I enjoyed most of it. Plus the perspective of keeping it on the straight and narrow leads to less problems and more money. Along with ways to promote yourself. I may not be a rocker, but I will deffinately use these ideas in my graphics career.
I liked the authors down to earth talking with a tounge in cheek note to it. I could see a lot of this working as one works to incorporate the action/thought patterns suggested. Even the author admits some of the actions seem hokey, but he is rich and we are not...so what do you have to lose but proving him wrong. Some people might object to his promoting his seminars/programs...but I wasn't offput by it. It tells you where to further hard wire the ideas given. I applaud him for making such strides and found his suggestions doable and in line with much of the 'self improvement' consistancy I have heard from the successfule people in life. I am relistening to it and will start the suggestions on the next listening. The toughest parts was all the different accounts one needs to open. But once again I can take what I like and leave the rest. SO I will see what works for me.
I have read a few books on Buddhism. This one is pretty straight forward and although needing a few listenings to wrap your mind around it, it presents the basics of Buddhism. I found the first 1/4 of the book wandering a tad, but I kept with it and was rewarded with a more direct and personable approach. I recomend it for a first time person instead of trying to figure out the Dhali Lama's or some of the other more mystical and subtle buddhists.
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