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Douglas Vincent

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  • Becoming Steve Jobs

  • The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
  • By: Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762

There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

  • By Douglas Vincent on 03-30-15

Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-15

Where does Becoming Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The breadth and content of the book is a great achievement. The reading, while good, seems to lack inspiration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Steve Jobs?

The final chapter brings a dimension of humanity to a number of oft caricatured human beings.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Steve and his family drive to Stanford the morning of his now famous commencement speech reminds you they are human beings like all of us.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Generally, yes. Some of the middle chapters, while I believe necessary, may bog down readers who care less about the technology aspects of the book.

Any additional comments?

As someone who worked at Apple for nearly a decade during Steve's second act, I found Walter Isaacson's official autobiography shallow, uninformed (he should've employed a technical consultant) and simply unable to capture the essence of the DNA Steve embodied into his company. This book gets it right. It weaves contextual technical explanations with a breadth of insightful interviews, coupled with the author's own experiences with Steve, to deliver a pitch-perfect story of the evolution of an astoundingly insightful, inspiring and complicated individual.

I'm grateful this book was written. My understanding of my experience at Apple, and of Steve, achieved a new depth of insight and appreciation.

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