This was a very interesting story about the life of Steve Wozniak... one of the most talented and brilliant men of our time. Steve sets the record straight about his life before/during/ and after Apple. Definitely worth a download if you're at all interested in technology or engineering.
I really enjoyed this book. I did find the the flow a bit off with repeats of prior material in odd places. But, I was in gradeschool in mid-late 70's and was a geek as early as 2nd grade so this was like a trip down memory lane for me. I remember arranging to stay after school to spend 30 minutes in the school library just to work on the Apple. It was enjoyable to learn about this computer and inventor from the inventor's own words. It also put to rest some of the news clips/reports that didn't seem quite right at the times they were released to the public. "I am a PC" now and have been for many years, but the Apple and Commodore were my introduction to computers.
This book would be a great assignment for junior high school students. It doesn't have too much "adult" material like the book "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs" and it has some nice suggestions for aspiring engineers. And, yes, the narrator does make you feel like it is story time in Romper Room.
Let's be clear from the onset: I love computers, I love Apple, I love Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. But this book should only be read by fanboys like me.
It is very, very, very poorly written - you get the distinct impression that Steve sat down with Gina Smith in a Starbucks, started talking, and that she just wrote verbatim everything he said (right down to the WOWs! and the GREATs!) without ANY editing. It is often repetitive (Yes Steve, we now know that you LOVE to be an engineer, that you never wanted to go into management, that you aim to design things with as few chips as possible and that your goal in life is to be happy and to make other happy). Even Steve's boyish enthusiasm for all things rosy ends up getting on your nerves - to the point that you wonder how Jobs and Wozniak EVER got along...
But it gives you a window into the birth of computing, into the setting up of Apple, and into Steve Wozniak's optimistic personality. So if you can get passed the annoyances mentioned above, you can give this a pop.
This is a biography on an engineer who developed a unique computer system for masses. A character of a brilliant inventor is painted with vivid color, humor and a human touch. It is a story of life of an inventor, a life of his invention: Apple computer, and a life of a successful engineer who ended up teaching computers to school children . The story is frank and full of light humor.
Wozniak speaks in a real world tone, and tells it like he sees it. He clears up some misconceptions about his past, and he entertains you along the way. He leaves out a lot of female drama along the way, and speaks to the aspects of his life that have made him such an interesting man. He never down plays his contributions, he takes pride in them as he should. He explains the very essence of being an engineer's engineer, and explains how he loves to prank... True Woz from Woz, get it read it, love it!
The life of Steve Wozniak was told to me in a very personal way. There were a lot of
How accidentally attending a meeting of early computer changed his life.
I felt like the real Steve Wozniak was talking to me. The excitement in his voice when he created something and it actually worked was really real.
HE WANTED TO HANG ONTO HIS JOB AT HP HOW ABOUT THAT
YES OK IT WASNT5 A LONG ONE
YES IT NOT THAT LONG AND IT DOESNT LET GO OF YOU
A GOOD READ ABOUT A HUMBLE MAN
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
As an electronics engineer I really enjoyed listening to Woz's book. He could have really slammed the late Steve Jobs, but he took the high road and only said nice things. I enjoyed how Woz described in detail how he made his designs. Overall, a good book.
Woz seems very modest about his accomplishments. While he says many times that he did created something completely by himself, he says it as a matter of fact, not as a boast. He relates a lot of technical details in a clear, understandable manner. He always sought to remain an engineer; never aspired to be a manager. When he thought some Apple co-workers were not getting the IPO shares they deserved, he distributed his own shares to them. He is a prankster and has a good sense of humor.
The book sounds as if it was transcribed directly from conversation, with the verbal tics that are usually edited from written work, but that makes the reading very enjoyable because you get a sense of sitting across from Woz while he relates his story.