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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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    amber cullen 05-26-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Travis 04-25-17
    Travis 04-25-17
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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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Newsad Westminster, CO 03-31-17
    Nicholas Newsad Westminster, CO 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    blahblah24 03-16-17
    blahblah24 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    John W Stone 02-19-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    John A. Franklin Florida 02-09-17
    John A. Franklin Florida 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Rob Geiger 02-01-17
    Rob Geiger 02-01-17
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    "Great look into a slice of video game history"

    if you enjoy learning about the history of video games and the personalities behind the development of one of the most seminal video games of all time, this is your audiobook. Will does a fantastic job narrating, as usual.

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    Carsten Odgaard 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic story about the creators of DOOM"

    And Wil Wheatons performance is probably the best I have heard in an Audiobook. Recommended!

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    Emrich 12-17-16
    Emrich 12-17-16
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    "Enjoyable"

    It was a grwat title to see how great minds developed, came together, and evolved. You also gain a strong sense of the evolution of the gaming market. Will read again.

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    Kevin Cossaboon Round Hill, VA USA 12-14-16
    Kevin Cossaboon Round Hill, VA USA 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent listen"

    A great insight to the world that I grew up in. How better to listen to it, than from Will's voice.

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  • henrik
    Roskilde, Denmark
    8/12/14
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    "Top notch book, Superb narration by W.W"

    As always. Wil W. does an exelent job of narrating. But with this book, it was an easy job for him. See, Will Weaton is a geek (just like me) and a child of the generation who lived through this time in history. Theese guys was part of making computer games becomming mainstream. This story is a great insight into the lives of the 2 Johns and the story of ID software. If you are just remotely interested in gaming history, this is a must have. And Even if you'r not, The story is well worth your time anyway. Highly recommend !

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  • Tariq
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    3/24/14
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    "Very cool!"
    Would you listen to Masters of Doom again? Why?

    I've read the print several times and Will's narration is pretty spot on for the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The early days, their drive and commitment.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favourite?

    John Romero and Tom were pretty great.


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

    Yes!


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  • Jason
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    1/15/14
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    "Programmer, Gamer or Geek? you need this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Masters of Doom the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this in the car everyday on the way to work and back and Wil Wheaton's energetic delivery of this book just made me think about it during the day which made me yearn for home time so I can continue it again. The book delivers the story from each of the different characters very well!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favourite?

    John Romero of course!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very edgy not knowing what was round the corner and what direction the it was going to take which no doubt made it exciting. I was Sad when the book ended thinking how I was going to find a similar audio book to compare with.


    Any additional comments?

    The start of the audio book is a little slow as it goes though the characters childhoods which is understandable. You need to push your self through the first 30 minutes to the point when the experience of Soft Disk employment starts and from that point you're reap the rewards!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Tayport, United Kingdom
    12/4/13
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    "A fascinating insight into a very strange culture"

    As somebody who was there at the start of personal computing, Doom itself and the games that led up to it are very much stuck in my memory and I was delighted to see this book. All in all I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the era because there is a fair bit of background information and it certainly brings back memories of good times when these games seemed the cutting edge of technology.
    The book is well written although I would have liked a lot more technical detail, and it moves along quickly, with plenty happening and lots to keep you listening. However I found the people involved almost universally dislikeable, and while this is obviously just what they are like, it made it a difficult read at times.

    The narrator surprised me a little. I know his voice from other things he has done and he read this in a rather stereotyped way which while suited to the story, did grate a bit. I got the impression he had decided to read the book with a very specific accent because of the subject matter and at times (especially when he said "we are not worthy" repeatedly) it was quite annoying. I would have preferred it if he had just read in his normal voice and let us imagine the way that the people of the time might have spoken.

    However, despite this niggles I enjoyed the story and it gave me a lot of background to something that was a significant part of my youth - I would really like to read a more technical story covering the actual creation of the software.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    PEVENSEY, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A must for PC children of 80's / 90's"
    Where does Masters of Doom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this insightful book on the history of ID software and the people behind the PC games Doom and Quake


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both John's were very interesting characters well depicted


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Really good performance adding an extra dimension to the book and bring it to life


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

    The book is pretty long so not one for a single sitting. I listened to it over a few weeks during my commute to and from work


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    United Kingdom
    9/15/13
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    "Great story really well read"

    As ever Will Wheaton delivers with a great telling of a fascinating story.

    Anyone of an age to remember the early days of video games will really enjoy the roller coaster ride of ID.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Truro, United Kingdom
    8/21/13
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    "Absolutely awesome! SUCK IT DOWN!"
    Would you listen to Masters of Doom again? Why?

    I absolutely would. The story is so captivating, and Will Wheaton does an excellent job narrating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many, but I think it has to be John Romero. He is just larger than life and never stops dreaming.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His voice is well suited to audio books, and he does a good job of putting on voices too.


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

    Definitely. I have tried my best too as well, alas life gets in the way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Helensburgh, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "If you grew up with Doom you'll like this."

    This is an interesting listen, if you grew up playing Wolfenstein and Doom covering everything from the first Commander Keen game to Quake. If you are not into computer games then this is probably not for you.
    The narration is a little cutesy sometimes, and I didn't really like the impressions of the iD guys. However it was interesting enough to keep me listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Olivier
    thouare sur loire, France
    9/4/12
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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