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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:
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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.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.