I love the balance that is portrayed about Steve. I came away having more respect and more dislike for Steve jobs. You really saw the fire in the belly that dictates everything Steve jobs did and what made his work great. I am writing this review on an iPad2 having given away my iPad1. I really understand why I love my iPad and my iPhone so much. It's all about design! The iPod, iPhone and iPad where not the first of their kind, but most would agree they are the best designed. The book really highlighted Steve's obsession with design, but it also highlighted some of the failings in that obsession.
It was very balanced. It was detailed but not boring in its amount of detail.
It was well read. The voice was easy to listen to and I found it a good conversation not a sermon like some audio books.
Several times I was close to tears. As a person who often does not march to the same drum as masses it was inspiring to hear how many people did not belive in Steve's ideas and that usually he was right.
Everyone under 25 should read this book as a history of computers and how they got where they are now. It has some great history on Microsoft and windows aswell. Anyone wanting an interesting history of how the personal computer went from really complicated geeks only tool to a universal easy to use indispensable tool for the masses should read this book.
I read this book after reading Walter Isaacson biography that is far more complete and informative. First off this book ends before iPhone or iPad is developed so it is really missing a huge final section. Even in the parts that's are covered by both books there were maybe 3 very minor nuggets of information that I learned from this book that were not in the Walter Isaacson version.This book read like a high school english class trying to write an apple press release most of the time.Both books talk about a reality distortion field around Steve jobs. This author was totally caught up in that field.
Read the Walter Isaacson biography it is far more balanced and far more complete.
I would trybanother as a canadian I find the accent harder to lisen to then more northern accents.
Besides the fan boy mentality it the lack of information that's the matter.
Walter Isaacson biography makes this one obsolete don't waste you time or money unless you have a real love of Steve jobs and the Walter Isaacson biography isn't enough.
This is a great book. It's information is very usefull and well delivered. Very powerful discussion on the basis and reality of what is love.
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