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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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    HELENE 04-20-12
    HELENE 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Yuk !!!!"
    Would you try another book from Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith and/or Patrick Lawlor?

    NO ! - very condescending in his explanations ! He's a self centered, arrogant, conceited person ! Not at all interesting to listen. The whining really get to you very soon in the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No more auto-biography that's for sure!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It's a whinning and un-educational book!

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    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 04-05-12
    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.

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    "Great Biography (review from a non mac-geek)"

    I really enjoyed iWoz. It was fun to listen to how a super intelligent kid grows up and achieves greatness. A lot of the book focuses on those younger days but that made it quite interesting to see the various progressions in Steve Wozniak's life (personal and professional). There is a lot of good material on the qualities he developed and maintained that seem to have made a difference in his life. It was very funny and entertaining too. Just trust me on that because I don't want to spoil any of it. I recommend downloading this one and having a listen.

    The reader sounds nerdy which is appropriate for this type of book. He is enthusiastic. I only gave him 4 stars though because I figured 5 should be reserved for the case where Steve Wozniak reads the book (that would have been great).

    I'm not a big Mac geek so I wasn't familiar with a lot of this history. I did recently start using Mac computers and am an iPhone user but that was only within the past couple of years. I vaguely remember some of those early (+/-) Mac computers (ones after the Apple II) from computer labs at school (college). The story is very compelling (and all true !). Overall it was a great read.

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    Tandgn Apache Junctionaz, United States 03-17-12
    Tandgn Apache Junctionaz, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2012

    My Opinion's for your review, Thank You!

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    "iWoz (a unique view from a unique man)"

    The narrator for this audio book made it a great listen. The story, the history, the man behind the apple computer made for great history lesson as well as a unique view into a great mans life. I say that because he did something incredible and he knows it and isn't shy to say it. I'd have to say it was well worth my time to enjoy his look on life even if I'm not an engineer.

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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