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.
Tell us about yourself! NOPE, NOT CALIFORNIA...SOUTH CAROLINA MID-LANDS.
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!
HIS LOVE OF CHILDREN...MUST HAVE BEEN A GOOD FATHER? THE BOOK AS WRITTEN/READ HAD A REALLY CHOPPY SENTENCE STRUCTURE.
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.
A REALLY GOOD LISTEN ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST SUCCESS STORIES OF ALL TIME.
Just little ol' me
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.
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.
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.
The author and subject. Why else?
How the greatest invention of the 20th century came to be.
It brought back memories of my early yearsin computers
It does require some tech. background to fully appreciate it.
Those who have in the business for 20 years or more will love it.
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.
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.
Learning how a parent could impact their child's life and the world. Spend time with your kids away from the box.
I did listen to it in one sitting.
I Love Terry Brooks, I like sifi -fantasy , I like dragons, and Tea, I like aisan customs, calligraphy , and tea ceramony's
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.
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.
why would'nt the tital of the Book be a good Move name?
Honestly its a great Book! thats why i gave it 5 stars
I have only read three audiobooks so far, but this one was best.
Steve Jobs Autobiography. The books will not be similar, but both will talk about the creation of an industry that is very fascinating.
His father teaching him all about electronics.
The most moving was his take on life.
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.
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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