this audio book doesnt tell you anything you didnt already know about Woz, it makes him sound like a legend in his own mind..He has done more for personal computing than anyone,but this makes him come off like the most self centered person in the universe.. I am sorry I bought it. If Woz himself had narrated it, but may have come off differently.
IWoz puts one right into the mind and world of Woz! Yes, he's makes a big deal about how smart he is... and it gets a bit irritating. The practical jokes are silly and stupid. His invention (the Apple I and II) are absolutely brilliant. Steve Jobs struck it rich with Woz and made both of them very wealthy.
The narrator, Patrick Lawlor, deserves highest praise! He doesn't just narrate... he "becomes" Woz! One really gets the impression that Woz is reading his book.
I am a huge fan of Steve Wozniak and all he has done to bring technology to the masses. This book, however, is nowhere among his accomplishments.
The story is hopelessly repetitive insultingly boyish.
The book was definitely not edited for clarity, because the same subject matter presented itself in various forms in all the chapters. Because of this, I could not get through the first half.
When you read this book, you will understand why you would want Steve Wozniak as your very best friend -- and why you would wouldn't want to be friends with Steve Jobs at all. Steve Wozniak has got to be one of the most transparent and benevolent geniuses of our day.
Awesome and inspiring book for the inner nerd in everyone. I'll have to say though that if you're not at least familiar with electronics you may yawn during the detailed explanations of circuits for his projects and inventions. I thought it was great though and brought me right back to college electronics labs. Finally, a voice of logic and reason among a world of MBA speak!
A must for any Apple or computer fan, this book clears the idea that Steve Jobs was not the only force behind Apple creation and success, very interesting and entertaining, ebook.
Really good overview of Steve Wozniak's life and accomplishments. He comes across a little arrogant in this book, but in a personable, lovably innocent way. The book is written in a very informal, conversational style. For example, the book is peppered with "Wows!" and "Oh my gosh!" The narrator does a very good job of conveying this style to the listerner.
Woz's stories on developing the Apple I and II computers as well as the remote control for his CL9 venture can get a little mired in technical detail. But for a former electrical engineer, there was serious nostalgia as he talked of circuits, gates, binary numbers and chips. If you are an Apple fan or interested in computer engineering, I highly recommend iWoz!
I have and I will.
Woz living Woz
With self respect, remarkable candor, and clarity, Woz shares an historical recount that is unassailable on grounds of his contributions, and his character. The path of least resistance for a person like him is to answer the passion born from his outlying engineering IQ. As this unfolds, other important skills go underdeveloped. He does not attempt to hide or distort this fact. He also does not claim he can't do it, rather he makes it very clear it's just not his thing.
I learned about the integrity and character of the story teller by his unpacking of his story vs first and second hand promotion which, obviously is effective right? He got sacrificed pretty bad on more than one occasion because well, he's got some really significant blind spots that probably would not exist if it were not for heavy duty compensation from his strengths. Amazingly, amazingly it's all good though, learning moments, keep it light, and keep moving forward, "still I had a lot of fun and I would do it again because I love this stuff" , referring to programming, concerts, and so on.
I love this guys attitude. I relate to how he thinks, deeply.
It was a very thorough recapitulation not only of Wozniak's life, but also gave you a really good timeline on how the personal computer was created and developed over the years.
What I love best is that it is so easy to understand, Woz explains the most technical things in a way that everyone can understand.
This book is really entertaining, Woz has many interesting and funny stories to tell, and it is also educating. Just great.
iWoz definitely earned it's place among my personal Top 10 books of all time.
This book is really enlightening your passion for technical devices and gives you a great feeling about your own creativity and abilities.