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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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Screw Facebook.

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

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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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Good read

If you want to know what really happened to the creator of Oculus, this story covers it. You’ll learn a lot about the history of Palmer.

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Excellent

Great documentation of the Oculus journey / early days of the new consumer VR wave. Really enjoyed the writing style and the narration. Definitely worth picking up if you have any interest in VR or want an inside look at the growth of a new industry.

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Great Narrative, a bit too reliant on E-Mails.

The storytelling is great as expected of the author. It is written very character-centric. Later, the narrative seems to rely more and more on E-Mails (opened by the lawsuit), which makes the read a bit more detached.

It feels as if this book is a bit early even, since it is yet unclear where VR is going. Because of this, the ending is a bit sudden.

The Narrator sounds a bit whiny, as if every sentence hurts him - you get used to it, but it was a bit jarring at first.

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Another classic by Blake J. Harris

I really like Mr. Harris style. And his narratives are so compelling and full of details I can't wait for his next project.

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Changed my mind on many fronts

Incredible story, very well-written and engaging. Does an excellent job of opening your mind to beliefs you may strongly hold. They'll make a movie of this, mark my word.

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Fascinating Inside Look

I've been closely following Oculus and VR generally since about 2015, just before the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. For me this book was a dream come true, providing the inside scoop on all the big developments that I originally saw from the outside. There's a lot of drama and many big surprises.

In terms of the Audiobook I have no complaints. The narrator has a somewhat unusual cadence that could be considered a bit robotic, but I found it enjoyable and even appropriate somehow.

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Cinematic - Recommended for VR enthusiasts

Extremely cinimatic and dramatized - helpful for communicating VR. Impersonation of Antonov's character a bit racist.

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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