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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • John Funk
  • Englewood, CO United States
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Great tech company story

I loved the Wil Wheaton telling this story of the legendary tech/game company. It captured the wild ride and what it means for a company to grow up wonderfully!

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  • 11-23-16

Just finished my 6'th listen

As an aspiring game developer / designer, this book is a regular inspiration to keep going and work hard.

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If you remember Doom as a kid, you MUST read this

Which scene was your favorite?

I particularly enjoyed the scenes related to their offices and how they struggled from house to house until they could get an office... and the relationships with their early shareware vendors. It brings back so many memories of different rumors you hear from back in the day and then gives them real light to observe them by.

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

Not necessarily - it was easy to put down because nobody was in danger of dying... you just get a nice story going through different segments of these people's lives as they build the best video games in the world.