- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 25 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 24, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005YUDWD8
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The stories about Steve Jobs are great. I loved hearing the interviews from various people who's paths have crossed with Steve over his life. There are definitely some unique perspectives and I definitely have a new perspective on a man that is pretty well known already.
However, I do have to say the writing of the book was not my cup of tea. Too often, the interested stories of Steve Jobs life were overshadowed by Isaacson's haphazard storytelling - at times it felt all over the place. Now I understand a biography doesn't have to be chronological, and often, it makes sense to follow an interesting arc of one's life for some depth. However, too often, i felt lost and confused. One moment we are talking about Steve's fight with cancer. This led to a comment about how Steve thought the stress from the 80's may have in some way caused/encouraged his cancer to develop. All of a sudden, Isaacson transports us back to those days - despite the fact he's already thoroughly described that portion of Steve's life in an earlier chapter.
Another minor annoyance with the audiobook version - there is no signal to change CD's. I would be listening and suddenly I would be transported back 20 years only to realize I had re-listened to the first minute of the CD. This was made even more difficult since, as mentioned above, Isaacson tended to do this (jump around) even in the normal course of the book so i was never sure if this was his writing style or the CD had restarted.
Nevertheless, Steve Jobs will always be remembered as an important business leader at, as Isaacson seemed to reiterate every third paragraph or so, the intersection of technology and humanities.
In a literary world populated with biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, "Steve Jobs" stands out, for me, as one of the four within this genre that are truly artistic. The other three are "Unbroken", "American Prometheus", and "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl". These three biographies and one autobiography are carefully crafted verbal portraits of individuals who were truly remarkable. In each case, the authors create an ambiance that pulls in readers and compels them to take the journey with the subject as well as with the author. These authors clearly loved and admired their subjects, and that is evident in the care that they took to craft their books.
Of course, it is rare that biographers get to interact with their subjects, and some readers may suspect that the authors become biased either towards or against their subject. The consequences being sugarcoating or exaggerating faults and foibles. Not so with Isaacson. He shows us Jobs as he was--the good and the not-so-good. He remains neutral and presents Jobs as Jobs represented himself, and as his family and colleagues perceived him. In conclusion, "Steve Jobs" flourishes because of this attentive integration of perspectives and analysis of an American icon. "Steve Jobs" the biography deserves a place in the American literary canon as an example of literary art.
Steve Jobs was not a great person. He had a volatile temper, he believed he was smarter than everyone he ever met, and he basically disowned his first born daughter for years. But at the same time, his method of creating goals/products and willing them to existence as an immovable force brought to the forefront a company unlike any other. The book goes into great detail about his perfectionism and his daily arguments with different business colleagues and employees and you wonder how anyone ever managed to work with or for him. And then at the same time there are tons of quotes from those same colleagues and employees who show such respect for the man.
The book is a great read, and gets very much to the core of who Steve Jobs was.