It's like sitting next to Peter Hook in a bar, while he tells you the story of Joy Division from his perspective. Oh, sure, there's controversy over who has the right to call themselves what, and sure the band had their differences, but this is Peter Hook's version of the tale. And it's a *great* listen - well-told, fascinating, and definitely gives you a new insight into who Ian Curtis was.
You can even hear the narrator start to choke up at times, when he thinks about the old days.
If I had one complaint... the timelines don't necessarily work as well in audio form as they might in a book, where you can easily skip over them, or go back to them for reference. I found myself thinking "get on with it" as Hook listed off yet another show Joy Division played at yet another club with yet another description of how "we sounded sh*te, Bernard bruised his elbow..." etc. etc.
The rest of the book, though... no one but Peter Hook could have narrated this story. His style is relaxed and natural and really fun to listen to.
If Ken Burns ever makes a documentary about the history of video games (which he should, because it's a really interesting story) - he should use this book as his prime source. It's exactly as in-depth, fascinating, and human as Baseball, The Civil War, or any of that stuff.
Nolan Bushnell has always been a fascinating dude, but Donkey Kong's character arc was reminiscent of Ibsen's tragic heroine Hedda Gabler (I am kidding about this.)
Nope, but I liked what he did with this.
Losing Gumpei Yokoi (inventor of the Gameboy, designer of "Metroid" and the NES controller, etc.) was tough in real life, and it's tough here too.
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