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Daniel

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  • Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes.

    A. Yerkes says: "Doesn't Get the Creative Story"
    "Outlaws Forever"
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    If you could sum up Jacked in three words, what would they be?

    Outlaws, Scotts, Wanted


    What other book might you compare Jacked to and why?

    Masters of Doom. Kushner's first book on the golden age of gaming and programming, tells an almost equally gripping tale about the bad boys of the gaming world, and the controversy that surrounded them. Similar themes, but less focus on the technical aspects.


    What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Verner is a great narrator, and very subtle in his emphasis. Paper books just suck. I haven't read a physical book in years.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You take the high road, and I'll take the low road, and I'll get to Los Santos before you...


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I would have liked to have had someone from the UK of Scotland narrate this instead, as most of the central characters hail from that region of the world. Was Patrick Stewart just not available? Still, Verner did a solid job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (777)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Narrator of the Year"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Masters of Doom to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Wil Wheaton was the perfect narrator for this book in so many ways. Imbued with a sincere passion for the subject, his reading of the two John's story is gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carmack. I personally identify with many of his traits, very forward looking and intellectually curious.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to him before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Commander Keen Must Die.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, Wil Wheaton made this book absolutely sing. One of the best narrations I have heard in some time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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