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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781400173280
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The mastermind behind Apple 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At last, Mr. Wozniak gets the stage all to himself [in a] chatty memoir full of surprises…He reveals a technology pioneer more charming—and whose life is more poignant—than we expected.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • iWoz is the story about a man filled with curiosity and drive…And it’s about never forgetting what makes a person happy in life and never forgetting one’s dreams.”

    USA Today

  • “One can’t help getting caught up in [Wozniak’s] excitement…Wozniak learned to ‘think differently’ long before the company he helped found ever started using that phrase in a marketing campaign.”

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashok | 2/11/2014

    " It's a good insight into Wozniaks' thinking process. And it's clear Apple couldn't have happened without Wozniak. The man is a genius engineer. However, there is not a single business bone in him, and it's equally fair to say Apple would have never happened if it wasn't for the other Steve. If it was up to this Steve, he would have been thrilled to build an Apple II, show it off a bunch of engineers, and continue making calculators for HP. This book also makes to think about the Engineering mindset. While it's great and it's what makes the world work, I feel that they are kinda time-bound, and expire quicker than other kinds of ideas / brains. For instance, Steve Jobs could always use his knowledge and insight of what sells to keep selling various stuff over decades, Steve Wozniak, with all the technical knowledge and brain power that was capable of reverse engineering display signals, writing OS, device drivers and games overnight, and yet that brain decided that the next big thing is going to be universal remote controllers?!! See what I mean? Yet, with all this, I am big fan of Steve Wozniak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taueret | 1/30/2014

    " if you're a nerd or maybe the parent of a budding nerd, this is possibly essential reading. Obviously transcribed and edited from verbal interviews, the writing feels like it really captures the essence of this brilliant, kind, funny man. I've always been a Woz fangirl so I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 1/20/2014

    " It is nice to read about someone that loves what they do. He comes off a little boastful and I did not like that. As far as a book it was not very deep or engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Howell | 1/19/2014

    " There was some very interesting geeky stuff in here like Steve's phreaking experiences and the such... but the reader of the audio book was so incredibly annoying. It sucks because it was hard not to want to imitate his reading style throughout the book and distracted from the cool parts a bit. Overall though, an interesting book. Really has me curious to dive into the upcoming Steve Jobs bio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 1/18/2014

    " As far as a person goes... he is my all-time hero. He being Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. He is a true genius, but is also a common man who just loves to have fun. I was completely rooting for him on Dancing With The Stars and I voted for him. If I had a choice of a famous person I would love to meet one day... it would be him! This is one of the best books I have ever read! I read this in 2009. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrej | 1/15/2014

    " Great biography of the most famous Computer Engineer in Computer Science history. I highly recommand to all who are interested in evolution of computers and want to spent some enjoyable moments with iWoz's funny stories from his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/29/2013

    " Very enjoyable. Steve Wozniak is a brilliant mind and tells a pretty good story. This book only made me appreciate his process and goals even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bassdread | 12/14/2013

    " Lovelsy stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mu | 11/18/2013

    " I would never have chance to become such a genius engineer like Woz, but I can try to be a nice and warmhearted person like him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Saunders | 9/22/2013

    " Woz was definite Ying to Jobs Yang. The book is good in that it a different perspective of Apple than the many " Jobsian" views that are out there.if you want to read about the " human side" in Apple, Steve Wozniak was the one carrying that torch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Samaniego | 10/17/2012

    " I was surprised to enjoy it as much as I did. funny and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artem | 6/27/2012

    " I liked the stories in this book, as I generally very much admire Steve Wozniak. However, the book is written rather haphazardly, and has repeated segments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 1/2/2012

    " Even though at times it comes off as self aggrandizing, it gives an intimate detail of this piece of late 20th Century history and it entertains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miguel De | 9/8/2011

    " Great guy, great inspiring tale, not so greatly written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Branning | 8/7/2011

    " He's such a nice boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mohamed | 7/9/2011

    " very good i love the clear for ideas and inspiration for it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 5/3/2011

    " It wasn't particularly well written, but it painted a life story in the stereotypical way that an engineer might tell it. Don't expect a prize winning literary work. It is, however, a honest story told honestly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/13/2011

    " This was a great book to hear via audio book. It was good to hear Steve Wozniak set the story straight on some of the things portrayed in the media about Apple. I loved learning some of the Apple/Microsoft history in the made for TV movie, The Pirates of Silicone Valley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/6/2011

    " This book is really interesting. Steve Wozniak definitely tells it like he sees it and he sees himself as an amazing human being (and he is) but if you can get past that you will enjoy it from an historical prospective as well as providing a few nuggets of inspiration here and there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaloyan | 3/25/2011

    " Amazing stuff, really inspiring for geeks like me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 3/13/2011

    " Great look inside Woz's head. The narrator was a very convincing voice for Woz. At times, he came off as arrogant, but with good reason. Very much a "set-the-story-straight" memoir. Interesting look at his childhood and the founding of Apple...good insight into Engineering principles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/19/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It's always fun to get a glimpse into to the minds of those that have a dream and act on it with no idea what the outcome will be.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/22/2011

    " Many parallels with some of Feynman's work in their relationships with their dads as teachers and there curiosity towards life. A worthy read. "

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About the Author

Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television.