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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
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.
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.
Want to get into the not-so-literary head of the epitome of geekness. This is certainly a fun way to do it. Woz tells his story the way a fairly articulate 30-somethng might -- often repeating the obvious innumerable times for emphasis. The narrator does a great job of bringing the "Hey, Wow" to life though inflection. We are listening to a guy tell his story his way, which is good.
Fascinating story: I enjoyed learning about Woz's upbringing, his development and interest in computers/technology, his college days, the creation of Apple, his relationship with Steve Jobs, and his personal life. My only disappointment was when the book ended! I wanted to hear more.
His pure interest and love of technology very much comes through. Was fascinating to hear how it all started and kept building throughout the years. He truly is the one that revolutionized our computer technology, but is able to explain how he did this, in simple easy to understand terms.
As he says in his book, Steve is not a writer by profession - His story is conversational, and written as he speaks. Those qualities only added to the story and didn't take anything away from how interesting I found it.
My only slight issue was with the narration. The narrator's voice/volume would diminish at times with a rhythm. I could almost imagine (hear) that his head was moving from left to right while reading/narrating into a stationary microphone. Also, the narration was with an almost forced enthusiasm, as if reading a children's story to a toddler. I suppose this extreme is preferred over what it's opposite could be - a dull, droning voice.
The book held my interest all the way through. I might listen to a second time. :)
If you are a fan of technology this is a must listen. You get to see the personal computer revolution through the eyes of one of its major figures.
Wozniak's personality shines in this book. I laughed out loud more than once. The story of the TV jammer was hilarious.
My only real complaint is that the last portion of the book drifts a little. It just didn't seem to have the same energy.
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