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iWoz Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Pamela SYLMAR, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Pamela SYLMAR, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Pretty cool!"
    What did you like best about iWoz? What did you like least?

    I liked the inof on how he got into inventing through his early life best.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    His creativity


    What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    engaging


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes it is was weel done.


    Any additional comments?

    More like this...love biographies.

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    Raymond COLUMBIA, SC, United States 03-09-12
    Raymond COLUMBIA, SC, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! NOPE, NOT CALIFORNIA...SOUTH CAROLINA MID-LANDS.

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    "CHOPPY TO READ BUT A VERY INTERESTING BIO."
    What did you love best about iWoz?

    STEVE WAS A COMPLEX GEEK. HE SEEMED TO LOVE WHAT ELECTRONICS CAN DO AND ALMOST STUMBLED INTO GREAT SUCCESS. HE DIDN'T SEEM THE LEAST BIT MATERIALISTIC OR TOTALLY DRIVEN AS STEVE JOBS WAS. HE HAD NOTHING TO PROVE!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of iWoz?

    THE


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    HIS LOVE OF CHILDREN...MUST HAVE BEEN A GOOD FATHER? THE BOOK AS WRITTEN/READ HAD A REALLY CHOPPY SENTENCE STRUCTURE.


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

    EVERY APPLE HAS A STEM. IT'S THERE AND REALLY IMPORTANT, BUT NO ONE THINKS THAT MUCH ABOUT IT, NOR IS IT A PART THAT'S EATEN.


    Any additional comments?

    A REALLY GOOD LISTEN ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST SUCCESS STORIES OF ALL TIME.

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    Anthony Bridgewater, NJ, United States 02-17-12
    Anthony Bridgewater, NJ, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2016

    Just little ol' me

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    "Early Apple years, but nothing later"

    As a huge fan of the Apple II and Woz I really wanted to understand how Woz and Jobs started Apple. Woz did a good job for the most part of describing it, but he left out some important things that were described in Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Woz seems to be a genius who thinks like anl innocent teenager

    It is fascinating to learn about what drove Woz and where he was strong and how Jobs pushed him. It was also interesting to see how they clashed, especially later. I felt let down that he did not cover how he got manipulated by Jobs when he created Breakout in days.

    I was very disappointed that Woz did not cover the last two decade. It is like he fell off the cliff. He says he wants to constantly create new things to help society, but he did not talk about them. Very puzzling. Also, I felt you needed to be an electrical engineer or computer scientist to understand all that he was talking about. I know them, but I wonder how many people he will leave behind in his detailed technical descriptions. But, if you can get past that then you he tells a very interesting story.

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    Finance Guy 02-15-12
    Finance Guy 02-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great stories about a geek's life"

    Steve Wozniak's geeky, almost-asperger's-sydrome-like personality shines through in this story about the life of the creator of the first PC, the Apple 2. The underlying text was clearly written in a series of interviews with a ghost-writer, as the biography is entirely told in the 1st person. Fortunately, the narrator makes good use of this and brings Steve Wozniak's quirky personality to life.

    The story can get slow at times because Woz tends to dwell on some topics, but it's worth listening to if only to understand Steve Job's polar opposite.

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    Robert 01-17-12
    Robert 01-17-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great bio!"
    What did you love best about iWoz?

    I was interested after reading the Jobs bio. It is refreshing to hear the rest of the story and to find out who really was the one person responsible for inventing the personal computer. The story and historical aspect was great listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author and subject. Why else?


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    same.


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

    How the greatest invention of the 20th century came to be.


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    JOHN HAMILTON, ON, Canada 01-12-12
    JOHN HAMILTON, ON, Canada 01-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great computer history"
    What did you love best about iWoz?

    It brought back memories of my early yearsin computers


    Any additional comments?

    It does require some tech. background to fully appreciate it.
    Those who have in the business for 20 years or more will love it.

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    Evan 12-25-11
    Evan 12-25-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good balance to Steve Jobs biography"

    I read this right after the Steve Jobs biography. It gave another side to Jobs' story. Woz goes into more detail about the technology of the Apple I and II which I found very interesting since I used the Apple II a lifetime ago.

    I found it interesting that Woz avoids speaking negatively about Jobs. Where they conflict Woz takes the high road. Where the two books overlap, the seem to be consistent in their story.

    I learned a lot about the iconic Woz which I did not know before. His invention of the personal computer was only the start of his story.

    I found the vocabulary simple and the story shallow at times. However, you can hear Woz' voice come through even though he was not the reader.

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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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