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iWoz Audiobook

iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?
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The mastermind behind Apple Computer sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time.

Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: what if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen? The result was the first true personal computer, the Apple I, a widely affordable machine that anyone could understand and figure out how to use.

Wozniak's life before and after Apple is a "home-brew" mix of brilliant discovery and adventure, as an engineer, a concert promoter, a fifth-grade teacher, a philanthropist, and an irrepressible prankster. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution.

©2006 Steve Wozniak; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Apples first act!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of iWoz to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version and I got through this in a day. I still haven't finished the Steve Jobs book in a month in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning how a parent could impact their child's life and the world. Spend time with your kids away from the box.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in one sitting.


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    Mpwest 12-16-11
    Mpwest 12-16-11 Member Since 2010

    I Love Terry Brooks, I like sifi -fantasy , I like dragons, and Tea, I like aisan customs, calligraphy , and tea ceramony's

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    "iWoz , iLuv this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes i would recommend this book to any of my friends, and family, i feel its very inspiring to go for what you want to do in life and inspire others.It encourages in very positive way, iLuv this book.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time i have listened to Patrick Lawlor's peformaces and it was a very good one, he made it very interesting and put life to the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    why would'nt the tital of the Book be a good Move name?


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly its a great Book! thats why i gave it 5 stars

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    Jeffrey CASA GRANDE, AZ, United States 12-03-11
    Jeffrey CASA GRANDE, AZ, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good read."
    Where does iWoz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only read three audiobooks so far, but this one was best.


    What other book might you compare iWoz to and why?

    Steve Jobs Autobiography. The books will not be similar, but both will talk about the creation of an industry that is very fascinating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His father teaching him all about electronics.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving was his take on life.


    Any additional comments?

    The book seemed to go off topic a couple of times, but everything was interesting. I would have preferred more tech-related information during the Apple II and Macintosh era. And I would have liked more information on his working relationship with Steve Jobs and John Sculley. Overall, it is a very informing book.

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    Matthew 11-30-11
    Matthew 11-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Read this before reading Job's Biography"

    If you're an IT geek like myself, this book is a necessary and fascinating part of learning your computer history. Steve Wozniak has been there, done that, did it first, did it with Jobs, and he gives it to you in full detail. And I mean full. If you don't know computers or don't understand electronics, you may get very lost in his detailed explanations. He tries to simplify them for the every day reader, but that may not be enough for some.

    Technical explanations aside, Woz has some great stories to tell, and he's very proud of his accomplishments. The book tries to be inspiring, and it is, albeit with a slight sense of gloating.

    The narrator's performance is good, but he emphasizes a few too many words, and at times it was a little stressful, but I got used to it over time.

    Overall, I'm glad I read the history of Woz and how the whole Apple thing came together. Coincidentally, I was just getting to the point in this book where Woz meets Jobs when Jobs passed away. Now I must move on to Job's biography!

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    margaret 11-29-11
    margaret 11-29-11
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    I liked listening to IWOZ auto bio. I got lost on technical descriptions and it was really quirky. I got to know a bit about Wozniaks personality but since he wrote it it was biased. He is a genious when it comes to computers and electronics, not so much in his literary style. Still I like the guy. Listening to him was like listening to a teenager from the 60's

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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 11-19-11
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "If your a Geek youll like this one"

    I really enjoyed this book. Gave me some great insight on one of the most influential men of the last 30 years. Woz is a brilliant man as well as an honorable man. A great read or listen for any tehno geek. A lot of computer eze that may become boring to most.

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-13-11
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book For Very Technical People"

    This is not for everyone. If you are a programmer or engineer this is a great book. If you have no interest in how a circuit works it is probably not for you.

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    Daniel United States 11-02-11
    Daniel United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderfully insightful story"

    I first saw the Woz when he addressed my high school computer class in 1983. This book really gave me a great understanding of Mr. Wozniak's life as it developed around the founding of Apple computer. I feel like I know him a bit now. I wonder if he knows the effect he (and my high school computer teacher) had on me? You see, I am now an IT Director and love solving problems. And I think it is due to having met people like him.
    Thanks Woz....

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 10-27-11
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "iNteresting"

    This book was a good read overall. It really is neat to see someone who was encouraged as a child to explore and whose dad would take the time to answer all the "why" questions. A general knowledge of electronics and binary language will help a reader follow most of the events occurring in his life, even though he does explain the basic ideas as he comes by them. Not much on Apple per se. Steve Jobs is not a front man in this book. It really is about Steve W. as it should be. I enjoyed it and the narration was good.

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    Robert Cornwell 10-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Charming and Engaging"

    I found this book to be very enjoyable. As always, Woz is charming and fun. Gina Smith does a wonderful job of capturing his wit and sense of wonder. I was familiar with many of the stories covered in this book, but was pleased to learn so much more about Woz's early and post Apple founding years.

    The narrator actually sounds a great deal like Woz, in fact it is vey easy to imagine that it is indeed Woz himself reading. If you are an Apple fan or just a fan of entrepreneurs, you'll find this an excellent read.

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