Try an Audible book on us

The Tetris Effect

The Game That Hypnotized the World
Narrated by: Dan Ackerman
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, most popular video game ever made. But the fascinating story of its origins is lesser known. How did an obscure Soviet programmer working on frail, antiquated computers create a product that has earned nearly $1 billion in sales? How did an inspired makeshift game turn into a worldwide sensation that has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, inspired a Hollywood movie, and been played in outer space?

In this surprising trivia-filled audiobook, tech reporter Dan Ackerman describes how, as a teenager behind the Iron Curtain, Alexey Pajitnov was struck with inspiration, then meticulously worked for years to bring the game he had envisioned to life. Ackerman shows how Tetris worked its way first through Pajitnov's office and then out into the world, entrancing player after player with its hypnotic shapes. Then, tracing the stories of the British, American, and Japanese moguls who raced each other for the rights, Ackerman recounts the game's complex and improbable path to global success.

The Tetris Effect is an homage to both creator and creation and a perfect gift for anyone who's ever played the game - which is to say, everyone.

©2016 Dan Ackerman (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good story, bad delivery

the audio was way to fast so i had to turn down the narration speed. Also the barrater would throw in these weird tetris facts and often then were not relative to the current chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Never quite fits together

What starts as a promising deeper look at the tangled Tetris history is ultimately marred by uneven audio, the narrator's distractingly (and unfortunately) slurred speech, bits of trivia that are inserted in the middle of the story with no audio cues, and a padded story with too many boring details. Read the book instead, but know that about half of it should have been edited out. At that point, of course, it would instead become an incredibly long magazine feature.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great to relive my Tetris experience

Dan's reading of his book was fine except he reads way too fast. Thankfully Audible let's vary the playback speed. 0.85 was perfect.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Well worth my time

I absolutely loved this book! I recommend it to anyone who is interested in business, gaming, or programming.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

TETRIS FOREVER!

If you play, read please. I'm glad I did. I played several games while reading(audible style) I'm going to play a few more today. As usual. I love TETRIS. never played other games much. Didn't have the need.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful