Masters of Doom

  • by David Kushner
  • Narrated by Wil Wheaton
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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A must read for 90s gamers

After finishing 'Ready Player One' also read by Wil Wheaton I was on a bit of a downer thinking that I would not find a book as amazing as that and everything else would fail in comparison. I was wrong. Hello 'Masters of Doom'!

With Quake and Quake II being a massive part of my life not only selling it as my job at the time but also playing Death Match with my Team Fortress clan until the wee small hours of the morning this book brought back so many great memories as well as delivering such a great insight to how ID came into being and end up making legendary ground breaking games. The two John's, Carmack and Romero, are great characters and their story really comes alive with a Wil Wheaton's narration. I love the little call out to female gamers like myself as well and shows that this book covers everything in ID's history.

If you grew up with video games in the 80s and 90s then I would highly recommend listening to 'Masters of Doom'. Now that I've finished it I am now back on a downer again until I find my next awesome listen but at least now I'm inspired to dig out my Q2 cd to keep me busy until then (as well as day dreaming that the next time I move there will be a Pacman cabinet in the back of the truck that no one wants).
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- Media Fox

"Suck It down!" Well written, superbly read

Would you consider the audio edition of Masters of Doom to be better than the print version?

Will Wheaton adds some dramatic flair to his reading, giving every character a unique voice. Clearly he had a great deal of enthusiasm for the story while narrating, and it really shows

What did you like best about this story?

It covers a wide range of well known celebrities/characters going through a very high profile period of their lives, but maintains the "friendship story" as the core focus throughout the book, which in my opinion makes the story much more grounded.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A more well rounded sense of character, largely thanks to Will's voices (one for each character) and the fervour he brings to his narration

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the two John's first experiment with the prototype of the Wolfenstein engine, you get a real sense of Romero's excitement about the design potential of such an engine and Carmack's lust to develop the technology even further.

Any additional comments?

Superb book, even for those unfamiliar with the gaming scene of the 90s. Will Wheaton brings his all to bring this book to life.

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- Lewis J Bowman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2012
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