The History of the Future

Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
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The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the best-selling author of Console Wars.

From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey - then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer - invents a device that has the potential to change everything.

With the help of a video game legend, a serial entrepreneur, and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy start-up kick-starts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned, and never-ending twists and turns - including an unlikely multibillion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Blake J. Harris (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
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Fantastic book

This is a fantastic and epic book, it talks about the origins of VR and how Palmer Luckey got into it and literally did create something special. It also covers how, in Silicon Valley, if you don't have the "right" politics, they will literally run you out of town and blackball you. It's an amazing story and told in an extremely interesting manner. If you've read Blake Harris' other book, Console Wars, this book is written sort of in that fashion but is a lot more realistic in terms of dialogue. While I enjoyed Console Wars a lot, the witty TV sitcom style of dialogue came off as not being believable at all - which is a must of a historical book. I get in Console Wars that it was dialogue from 30 years ago when it was written - so it's understandable people didn't remember exact phrases, etc. In this book, since it's much more recent, the dialogue is less witty - but much more believable - which in any book about real events and people is a positive.

Also I will note it's a shame how this book as been treated by places like Audible. Just search for Console Wars, which was certainly a hit, when you search for it and go to the page - they literally don't even include a link to this book - written by the same author in the same field of technology. Why is that Audible, why? I can't help but wonder.

The reader does a good job. Also to the dope who said the eastern European accent is 'racist', first off learn what the word racist means (hint: eastern Europe isn't a race), and second, the reason readers do accents is so you can keep track of who is speaking. It's remarkable how people don't get basic concepts like that.

Overall the book is excellent, if you have any interest in VR this is a must. If you have any interest in Facebook and want to hear about how they do business behind the scenes, this is a must. If you have any interest in how those on the right are treated in the tech sector, this is a must. Or mainly if you just want to hear a really interesting story from a fantastic author, this is a must.

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My new favorite book

This is my new favorite book, not just tech or business. Great listen. Great performance.

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VR awesomeness

Great book about VR and the screwed up belief of Facebook and silicon valley that they're a little smarter than all us normal people. Especially those that voted for Trump.

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  • 02-26-19

Screw Facebook.

Fantastic look into how Palmer Luckey brought us into the age of VR. Facebook sucks.

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Amazing innovators

I enjoyed the book. I listened as I drove from CA - AZ - NM - TX - NM - CO - WY - UT - NV - CA. (52 hours). My take; Our world is made better by innovation and hard work, as shown by Palmer and crew, and will be destroyed by those who believe you must “conform or be cast out”, as shown by FB et al.

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VR, Technology, Start-ups, and Corporate drama.

If any of the above keywords pique your interest, you will throughly enjoy this book. Well researched and well read, I binged this title in 2 days. I'm a VR enthusiast who only had a brief understanding of the story or Oculus and Palmer Luckey, this was a very compelling story. Highly recommended.

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Always amazing to see how success begins...

Always amazing to see how success begins, but terrifying to know how easy it can be taken away by those who simply disagree with you. If you ever need to see a modern day version of facism at work, look no further, than the leftist driven agenda of Facebook and their mantra"believe as we do, or you will cease to exist"

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History VR

I heard this Author on the Glenn Beck program. Book aS wonderful and I recommend

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Facebook vs Everyone Else

As I write this review, I have just finished this audiobook. I consider it to be well-written and well-narrated, with world-class production and directing.

I am away from my home in another city as I write this as well. One of my reasons for writing this book was to determine for myself as to whether or not I would continue to allow myself to be subjected to the whims and prejudices of the multi-billionaire atheist who founded and runs Facebook. We all know his name.

I left the sewer that is Twitter long ago.

It was my opinion that Facebook was determined to eliminate the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, unless whatever was being said agreed with their point of view. So, now I will leave Facebook.

I remember a time before Facebook and Twitter, and I look forward to retuning to that world of bliss and calm.

This book has opened my eyes to Mark and the others and who the my really are. I would highly encourage you to read this book, especially to the end.

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Good book.

Interesting and great story! I would recommend it to others. This is the story of Oculus and Palmer Lucky, btw. I didn't get that from the title and book cover.

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  • 11-12-19

A must read for all VR enthusiasts

The story of Oculus I already knew in a broad strokes manner, but this book fills in the gaps and expands the narrative nicely.

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  • Hirsute Henry
  • 03-07-19

Fascinating with incredible access

I've got to say I'm just blown away by the access the author got and the under the hood (bonnet for me!) view we get of Oculus. I run a business in VR and this has filled in so many gaps to a story I saw from a far. Loved this.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-20-19

Does not live up to Console Wars

This felt like nothing other than a lacklustre cash grab following the fantastically written Console Wars.
While the book offers some interesting insight, most of it is just simply hollow, uninteresting information that really was not interesting to listen to. Anyone interested in Facebooks acquisition of Oculus could find out the key information online and spare themselves the unnecessary additives found in this book.
Very very disappointing.
Performance by narrator was good.

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  • Leanne
  • 03-16-19

excellent

loved this book. must read for any aspiring VR industry potential. brings me back yo the dk1 days