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Nate

Charlottesville, VA | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    (708)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (659)

    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"
    "Excellent work by Kushner + Wheaton"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely recommend this book. The reporting by David Kushner is thorough and balanced. I didn't like Wil Wheaton before I picked up this title, but the work he does here is incredible. If you are even considering getting this one, just go for it. You won't regret it.


    What other book might you compare Masters of Doom to and why?

    This book is not unlike Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The teamwork between Jobs and Wozniak in founding Apple and going big with the Apple II is mirrored in the collaboration between John Carmack and John Romero. Anyone interested in the development of modern computer technology should look into both of these tomes.


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

    I have listened to one other Wil Wheaton performance: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Wheaton did a great job there as well (Ernest Cline's book is somewhat mediocre). The great thing about Masters of Doom is that Wheaton's performance is surpassed by the quality of the text (Wheaton is great though, so it makes for a terrific combination).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are a number of inspiring moments where Carmack makes an incredible break through; these just blew me away.


    Any additional comments?

    I won a badge in the Audible app for listening to the entirety of this book 3 times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    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"
    "Kushner Writes Well, Verner Drops the Ball"
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    What did you love best about Jacked?

    Jacked has a great story about one of the most controversial video games of our time. Learning the recent history of the GTA series from an insider perspective was fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I wouldn't call Jack Thompson a favorite character, his struggle was fascinating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Verner’s performances?

    I did not care for Verner's performance. He sounded tired, and the emotional gravity he put in to the read did not match the character of the text. All around, I found his narration to be disappointing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No; it was easy to grow bored with the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Kushner tried to duplicate the earlier success of his masterpiece Masters of Doom. The problem is that he didn't have the same access. However, the writing is still at his high standards. The problem is Verner; you'd probably be better off just reading the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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