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Masters of Doom Audiobook

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

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Publisher's Summary

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 - a powerful and compassionate account of what it's like to be young, driven, and wildly creative.

©2003 David Kushner (P)2012 Audiobooks.com

What the Critics Say

"Compelling . . . Masters of Doom succeeds on several levels. It's just great storytelling, with perfect pacing, drama and characterization. It's also an excellent business book, a cautionary tale with the kind of insider detail that other writers working in the genre should envy." (Houston Chronicle)

“Kushner’s mesmerizing tale of the Two Johns moves at a rapid clip . . . describing the twists and turns of fate that led them to team up in creating the most powerful video games of their generation. . . . An exciting combination of biography and technology.” (USA Today)

“Meticulously researched . . . as a ticktock of the creative process and as insight into a powerful medium too often dismissed as kids’ stuff, Masters of Doom blasts its way to a high score.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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    "Engrossing look at an underreported era"

    It's a classic story of talented but wounded kids rising to fame, letting it get to their heads, and then blowing it. But the real hook is all the technical and cultural detail of the late 80's to mid 90's PC era. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator as usual. My only complaint is that the author rushed through the later part of the story.

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    "Great telling of true history"

    Really fun and well written story of pillars in the gaming industry. Would recommend it.

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    "Fun and insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to Masters of Doom the most enjoyable?

    This book gave much insight into the hidden world of game programmers. After reading Ready Player One by E.Cline I had to know more about these guys and how the gaming world evolved. Highly recommended!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Commander Keen! Because it started it all!


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

    Yes but having to change flights resulted in multiple sittings.


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    Lea 03-01-16
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    "Great insight into the lives of "the two Johns""

    not only does this book discuss the lives of Carmack and Romero, but it gives an amazing about of the history of video games as well.

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    "A very important chapter in gaming history"

    This book illuminates the lives of some of the video games industry's luminaries as they navigated it's early ranks. I found this story of id's rise to power fascinating. Their successes and failures shaped the business into what we know today.

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    Leinad California, USA 02-23-16
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    "All Aboard The Nostalgia Express!"

    I loved the detailing of the story of the guys that created Doom (my childhood favorite game). What I wished there was more of, was just more details about what they did more recently. I suppose the age of the book must excuse that fact... I don't know when it was written.

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    "Awesome story. Awesome narrator."

    Great story of the rise and fall of (creatively anyway) of id. At this point in time all the founders have left, but most of them of are in good shape. I recommend looking up recent interviews with John Romero, especially the post mortem of Doom he did with Tom Hall.

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    Klemmer Arlington, TX, United States 12-29-15
    Klemmer Arlington, TX, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic!"

    I grew up with Doom and Quake so this book is right up my alley.

    However, I wondered if my interest could be kept for 12+ hours. It was. I wish it was longer and would love to hear what the people in this book have been up to for the last decade.


    Fantastic book that exceeded my expectations greatly. Highly recommended.

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    "Recommended, whether you're a gamer or not"

    Entertaining and interesting. Two kids with a fascination for video games turn their interest into a business that satisfied their desire to do nothing more than create great games and earn some "pizza money." From there they work their way up into a multi-million dollar business and notoriety. The book has its share of humorous moments. Worthwhile.

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    MBrown Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 11-14-15
    MBrown Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 11-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply awesome"

    Great story about this company who helped to define the standard in multi player games.
    Will did an excellent job narrating this. He even does voices! You can't beat that.

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