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    • Masters of Doom

    • How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,204

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How it was

    • By Ryan on 08-27-13
    • How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 07-12-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Prepare to Meet Thy Doom

    • And More True Gaming Stories
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 231

    From Masters of Doom author David Kushner comes Prepare to Meet Thy Doom, a compilation of true gaming stories covering many facets of America's biggest entertainment business: the video game industry. In addition to more than a dozen fascinating tales of game creation, play, business, and controversy, Prepare to Meet Thy Doom follows up on Kushner's previous best seller, Masters of Doom, with a long-awaited update.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A mixtape of essays

    • By Scarlet Spark on 03-18-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Jacked

    • The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 214

    Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Kushner Writes Well, Verner Drops the Ball

    • By L. Productions on 03-24-13
    • The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 229 ratings

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Players Ball

    • A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
    • By: David Kushner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    A Wild West look at the early days of the Internet - the incredible battle between the founder of Match.com and the con man who swindled him out of the online domain name Sex.com in an all-out war for control over the fuel that still powers the online world to this day: love and lust. 

    • A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
    • By: David Kushner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 04-09-19
    • Not rated yet

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Levittown

    • Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In the decade after World War II , one entrepreneurial family helped thousands of people buy into the American dream of owning a home. The Levitts, William, Alfred, and their father, Abe, pooled their talents to create storybook towns with affordable little houses. They laid out the welcome mat - but not to everyone. Levittown had a whites-only policy.

    • Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 03-30-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The World's Most Dangerous Geek

    • And More True Hacking Stories
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Every day, it seems, we hear stories about hackers. Hackers breaking into the computers of banks, governments, and corporations. Some are criminals, coding to exploit and destroy. Others are activists, using their tools to challenge institutions and fight for freedom. But often these characters linger in the shadows. Who are they? What makes them tick? Are they our allies, or our enemies?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • awful

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Alligator Candy

    • A Memoir
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    From award-winning journalist David Kushner, Alligator Candy is a reported memoir about family, survival, and the unwavering power of love. David Kushner grew up in the early 1970s in the Florida suburbs. It was when kids still ran free, riding bikes and disappearing into the nearby woods for hours at a time. One morning in 1973, however, everything changed. David’s older brother, Jon, biked through the forest to the convenience store for candy, and never returned.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very well done

    • By Nic on 06-27-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids

    • How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: David Kushner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A nut flush

    • By Glenn A. Miller on 09-15-05

    Regular price: $19.57

    • The Bones of Marianna

    • A Reform School, a Terrible Secret, and a Hundred-Year Fight for Justice
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: David Kushner
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    With its manicured lawns and well-kept college-style buildings, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida-the largest reform school in the country-always seemed like a model for how to turn wayward teens back into productive members of society. But for decades, the century-old school's alumni whispered about a nightmarish reality that lurked behind the gleaming facade - a legacy of beatings, sexual abuse, and even murder, the evidence buried in unmarked graves on the overgrown fringes of the property.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The New Yorker, May 7th 2012 (David Kushner, Ariel Levy, James Wood)

    • By: David Kushner, Ariel Levy, James Wood
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Highlights
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    "Vive la France", by Adam Gopnik; "Picks", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Machine Politics", by David Kushner; "A Ring of One’s Own", by Ariel Levy; "Invitation to a Beheading", by James Wood; and "Going the Distance", by David Denby.

    Regular price: $5.95