• Tim Cook

  • The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
  • By: Leander Kahney
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (401 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Journalist Leander Kahney reveals how CEO Tim Cook has led Apple to astronomical success after the death of Steve Jobs in 2011.

The death of Steve Jobs left a gaping void at one of the most innovative companies of all time. Jobs wasn't merely Apple's iconic founder and CEO; he was the living embodiment of a global megabrand. It was hard to imagine that anyone could fill his shoes - especially not Tim Cook, the intensely private executive who many thought of as Apple's "operations drone".

But seven years later, as journalist Leander Kahney reveals in this definitive audiobook, things at Apple couldn't be better. Its stock has nearly tripled, making it the world's first trillion-dollar company. Under Cook's principled leadership, Apple is pushing hard into renewable energy, labor- and environmentally friendly supply chains, user privacy, and highly recyclable products. From the massive growth of the iPhone to lesser-known victories like the Apple Watch, Cook is leading Apple to a new era of success.

Drawing on access with several Apple insiders, Kahney tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace someone irreplaceable and - through strong, humane leadership, supply-chain savvy, and a commitment to his values - succeeded more than anyone had thought possible.

©2019 Leander Kahney (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A rich narrative." (The Wall Street Journal)

 “An illuminating portrait.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Could not get past the narration

I eagerly anticipated the 16th to arrive. I was very excited to listen to this book. But I could not get past the narration. I didn't feel the author's accent was aligned with the story at all and always kept me "out of the book". I tried going back to this book a number of times before ultimately asking for a refund. Might be a book I have to read.

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Tim Cook's personal advertisement!

This book is just about how great Tim Cook has been and how he has never made a single mistake in his entire life. A genius and a fabulous person who cares about everyone and everything and never does wrong. Anything that has happened to Apple was either other Apple executives' faults or because Steve Job's didn't give a damn about anything and anyone.

There has not been a single line about how he achieved what he did. All and all about his greatness!

One of the most ridiculous books that I have ever read/listened. Complete waste of time!!!

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Bullet Points, Not a Story

Maybe I expected too much. I just listened to Steve Jobs biography, and it was fantastic!
The “Tim Cook” book was very bland and dry. Felt very much like a bullet point of facts about Tim Cook (who I think is awesome), and mainly Apple.

I Was hoping for a captivating biography, but not even close. Was very disappointed.

And if I want to nitpick, I think Apple and Tim Cook, an American company and American man, should have been read by an American.

Don’t get me wrong the narrator was great, but not right for the book, in my opinion. I realize the author is “English”, and probably picked the narrator because it is his words, but it just took me out of the moment, or the whole book.

When I listened to Led Zeppelin’s unauthorized biography, I expected a British accent. Got it. Loved it. But not for Tim Cook.

All in all, I had a tough time staying focused. I was expecting a flowing biography, but got a choppy, bullet point, cold book.

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More like a PR piece

It’s more like a PR piece talking about achievements of Tim Cook after talking over as CEO.

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Good story, only partially about Cook

I was disappointed in how only about half of the book was about Cook. Lots of broad Apple overviews, quotes from Steve Jobs biographies, and hardly any direct quotes from Cook in the context of this biography. Despite this, it is a good contribution of stories about the Apple story.

Performance was okay, nothing to write home about.

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Interesting but bland

A very interesting book, but overall it only scratches the real surface of the man. A bit of a superficial overview of Tim Cook and what he has done. It’s not bad, it’s just not very in-depth or very nuanced.

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Pedantic and redundant writing to avoid.

Poorly written prose that constantly rehashes the same points over and over again.

I was half expecting part biography and part business philosophy, but instead got Wikipedia. Sorry, I couldn't finish this one.

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No insights

All info you could have gotten in news clippings. I wanted to hear more about who cook really was. Nothing new.

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Very Very Insightful- Learn About Apple

This book was extremely insightful and brought light to Apple before Steve Jobs death and afterwards. It highlights the difference between Tim Cook and Steve Jobs and the value it gave to Apple.

I didn’t like that the book highlighted Cook’s public announcement about him being gay and the huge mandate on companies to become diverse and inclusive, especially when hiring new employees and promoting seasoned employees. This seems to undermine a person ability to perform the job.

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It's okay

The book does a pretty good job at painting a picture of Tim Cook. I frequently felt like I was listening to a long form resume of Tim though. There was a lot of praising of Tim and it also felt like a list events rather than any sort of detailed descriptions or analysis. I also skipped a few sections that I thought gave more sociopolitical commentary than I was interested in. A couple times it dips into Tim's experiences with racism and his sexuality. There's also one whole chapter dedicated to Tim's green initiative and another to his diversity initiative.

Overall, pretty good if you're just looking to get a synopsis of Tim.