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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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Perfect

What did you love best about iWoz?

Inspiracional, educacional. Pone en contexto el "porqué, cómo y que más" en la vida de Wozniak. Da una perspectiva diferente en la vida de una persona a la que le gusta "crear" cosas.

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The Engineer’s Engineer

Steve Wozniak sets the record straight on many false facts about repeated Apple lore in this refreshing memoir. Unfettered by the drive of fame and fortune, Wozniak shows how he wanted to make good things and make people’s day better. Guided by the morals instilled by his father and support from teachers, Wozniak repeatedly proves that “doing the right thing,” even if it involves personal loss, is the best way to go. Even for a non-technical person, you will enjoy the enthusiasm of the eureka moments and the frustration of committee politics. Woz shares the most important lessons he has learned and hopes they will help anyone who has an idea because “the world needs more inventors.”

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A must for those interested in the icon

What did you like best about iWoz? What did you like least?

Best: Background on Woz, was interesting. His upbringing and some of the various stories. Worst: I think Woz had an inflated view of what were rather basic skills for a practicing engineer. As an engineering contemporary of his working in the same era, what he described as being very innovative was merely basic competency. In reality he had the skills one would attribute to decent high school level tech geek. No more no less. Certainly not genius.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Lawlor?

The narration was simply awful. Didn't pronounce industry terms correctly for example a PROM (programmable read only memory) is not commonly enunciated as "Pee-ROM" it is "PROM" (as in a dance). Other numerous examples could be cited which indicated that narrator was clueless as to what he was reading.. Also I'll scream if I hear the over enunciated "ENGINE-EEEEER" again.

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

maybe but then I'm a tech geek. Most would be bored.

Any additional comments?

Woz is without a doubt an icon, but it is clear the true genius of apple was Jobs. Woz sort of was a basically competent tech geek with no real business sense which was drafted by Jobs to do what was needed. Woz just sort of went along for the ride and got the success by accident. With different luck he would have been one of 50,000 other engineers designing stuff getting a good paycheck. Woz demonstrates a very childish like understanding of the real world and I would say lacks any real visionary skills. Nice guy though and an interesting read

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The best read story yet on audible!

Since I didn't know Steve Wozniak's voice it was no big deal having someone else read it. I usually only buy Audlbles that the author reads. My issue is it was so back and forth (timeline) I found it hard to follow and since I am not a techie it was even harder, the story itself was good but a lot of repeat and confusion.

So much detailed info about computers that made zero sense to me, wouldn't listen again but glad I heard about some interesting history!

I should tell him my story about a good friend who came to me one day in late 70's and said there was a new computer company called "APPLE" and I should invest @ $5.00 share in (father just passed away and left inheritance).

I did bookkeeping manually at the time and said "Computers??? NO thanks they will never go anywhere just a passing fad.....LOL I guess you know who is kicking who's behind 40 yrs later.

I guess it wasn't in the cards for me to be filthy rich, but I did okay and who knows what I would have done with millions in my 20's probably ended up a druggie or something.

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This book is fun and insightful!

I loved listening to this book.

It is a great story with so many insights especially in a world where working around the clock and grabbing every dollar that comes your way seems to be the only way to “succeed”.

Steve talks about real success and it is something that depends on what is important to you rather than impressive to others.

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I learned a lot about Woz. What a good guy!

I enjoy an insightful autobiography. This was a good read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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fantastic book

The writing wasn't eloquent or inspired, but it was very entertaining to listen to. The writing style is approachable at almost any level and the life of Steve Wozniak was shared in an informative and fun way.

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6 Stars

This is the only book in my Audible library I have given 6 Stars to. I rate the books in my library. I have over 600 books in my (Audible) library.

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very funny

I really liked this book. I laughed out loud 4 times listening to this book! Steve Wozniak is a very interesting guy. It is important to get perspective from the eyes of another. This book does just that!

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Great

It's a great book, if you want to know the true story of apple history