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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

Critic Reviews

"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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An excellent story

I'm too young to remember games before DOOM, but it was one of the very first things I remember about video games and computers. This story, performed so elegantly by Wheaton, has inspired me to rethink my life choices, to rethink if I want to switch from my current job to something more creative. I will no doubt be relistening to this tale more than once.

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Pretty Accurate

What did you love best about Masters of Doom?

I waited 20 years to read this and I was impressed by the accuracy.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters represented their real-life counterparts very well.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

Wil was probably the perfect person to read this, considering his sci-fi, gaming, techno-geek background.

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I've spent the bulk of the past 20 years working directly with either John Romero or John Carmack, the main protagonists of this book, along with many of the other members of id Software, starting in the days just after Romero left id. Being so close to everything, some of which was a little unpleasant, I waited a long time to read this. If you're wondering what happened, this book is surprisingly accurate to what I've heard from both sides, and rather entertaining if you have any connection to the First Person Shooter gaming culture.

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Excellent title!

inspiring, entertaining and very well narrated. Will Wheaton captures the essence of the target audience and does it with charisma and passion.

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Amazing!

As amazing as Steven Levy's Hackers, two exceptional individuals who wanted do nothing but make games.

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awesome story!

true test of any geek is to know these games...i lived for doom and quake back in the day. it was so much fun to hear the story. Wil Weaton is awesome as always

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Wil Wheaton slays this informative, slightly dramatic tale of the 2 Johns and their video games

As a video game lover, I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter. It was great to listen and learn about the progression of video games as we know it. You'll listen to the rise of ID Software and how a small group of people can accomplish so much. Unfortunately, young men without proper mentors can have inflated egos. Wil Wheaton guides us through their life paths and he doesn't disappoint!!

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Great startup business study

This is case study in startup business partnerships. Long term business partnerships are rare for a reason.

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Must listen for Doom fans and anyone who wants to hear Wil Wheaton tell a great story.

I love Doom and I love Wil Wheaton. This was a must listen for me and I learned way more about how ID software created not only video game classics, but also made the video game industry what is today. I had a great time listening to it and learning about the people that made it all possible.

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Old man gains insight

I'm 62. I dabbled with some games in the past. This book was a great insight into the world of gaming that I only heard about. Nicely written and well read.

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excellent book

I loved learning about the background of the games I grew up playing. Well presented and narrated.

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  • 09-04-12

A Great Human and Technological Saga

"Masters of Doom" is yet another tale of 2 buddies starting an IT company that shook the world (Bill Gates/Steve Allen, Steve Jobs/Steve Wozniak, Larry Page/Sergey Brin, ...).

Having read biographies of all the pairs mentioned above, why did I bother to read yet another biography ? Because, each of these is a different story, and when well written (and read) these are engrossing human sagas that also place our modern technological world in context.

"Masters of Doom" has it all.

The pair of characters that it follows are anything but boring, and the text does a great job of bringing their character and idisyncracies to life (and Wil Wheaton's reading is excellent). If you have any interest in technology (not necessarily computer games, which I do not play) then this is a sure winner.

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