It is amusing to read this review. It seems that the reviewer is used to reading Hollywood-like autobiographies that are filled with one adventure to another (how many of which are real or exaggerated are hard to distinguish), which is why reading a plain and introspective autobiography like this one is a bore.
Like other reviewers of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. To me, an informative autobiography would offer a glimpse into the inner thoughts of the author. Even better, it would allow to see the progression of the thinking process. This book is exactly that. It is very personal indeed. While reading the book, it feels like someone sitting right in front of you, sharing what he liked and did, and offered rationale through his perspective. I think that it is Dr. Jacob's intention to not write a one-dimensional memoir of how he made one decisive choice after another to be successful in science. Rather, it laid bare in front of us that he stumble along the way, but by persistence and hard work, he achieved more than he started with.