Extended Audio Sample

Download Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture Audiobook, by David Kushner
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Kushner Narrator: Wil Wheaton Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781943499137
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 1 votes

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, transformed popular culture, and provoked a national controversy. But 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.

Download and start listening now!

BK_ACX0_001748

Quotes & Awards

  • “Kushner’s mesmerizing tale of the Two Johns moves at a rapid clip…An exciting combination of biography and technology.”

    USA Today

  • “Kushner’s portrait of Carmack is lustrous and gripping…An impressive and adroit social history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Terrifically told…The storytelling is so fluid, so addictive, that your twitching thumbs keep working the pages.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “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

  • “[An] extraordinary journey…an exhilarating time capsule of a moment in time where anything could happen—and often did. Kushner’s take on this geek uprising is like a breakneck-paced comic book that you can’t put down.”

    Newsday

  • “Reading this fascinating underground tale is as addictive as the games themselves.”

    Booklist

  • “Readers can almost feel Carmack and Romero’s thrill as they create.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viktor | 2/20/2014

    " The story is great, the writing style is journalistic and simple. Just perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaan AkÅŸit | 2/6/2014

    " A time machine to take you back in time where you remember yourself in 90s playing the legendary games from wizards of video games; Carmack and Romero! A must read if you remember the evolutions of video gamex starting from late 80s... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Stahl | 1/30/2014

    " This book is really fascinating got someone who grew up on Doom like I did. Five stars is the fanboy in me talking, but if you're an id, Doom, or 90s PC game fan, this is absolutely worth owning for the retrospective eye into the industry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil Oppenheim | 1/20/2014

    " Kushner's bio of Johns Carmack and Romero was almost entertaining enough to make video games seem interesting. To me it was like reading a really good story about a band I couldn't care less about .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 1/18/2014

    " This was fantastic and quite inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/16/2014

    " Pretty nerdy and pretty entertaining. Helps if you're already familiar with the people mentioned in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwinder | 1/14/2014

    " If this was your era, your generation of games... one not to miss!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Holland | 11/15/2013

    " Having grown up playing id's games, starting with Wolfenstein 3D and including Doom, Doom II, and Quake 1 and 2, it was fascinating to read the story behind the company and the creation of the games I spent so many hours on. Sounds like a hell of a ride and the book does a great job of showing that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 10/12/2013

    " Absolutely fantastic book, and easily recommended to anyone with an interest in the history of Doom/id, and the turmoil that 'The Two Johns' had during their time together. Really captivating and extremely well told, great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 8/28/2013

    " Great, easy read. Faithful to the subject matter, and pretty damn accurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RC1140 Fixer | 8/26/2013

    " An amazing read detailing the lives of the people that built some of the most legendary games "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 5/9/2013

    " An extremely detailed story about the rise of id Software. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of video games. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jackie | 5/3/2013

    " i'm not a gamer, and i don't know the history. shame on me, as a programmer! but it's exciting to see how some people do well, and what it takes to really take off. and carmack is a god. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Nygren | 4/6/2013

    " Easy read, great insight into the rise of the video game industry in Texas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeh Fernando | 3/17/2013

    " Great book. Short read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/16/2013

    " a bit melodramatic at times, but really enjoyed it overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arcangelix | 2/11/2013

    " One of my fav book of all time. Amazing to see the progress of two amazing gamers /developers in the business world. Such an eye opening to how computer games has been created in the described environments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hart | 12/15/2012

    " I really enjoyed the subject matter but the first couple of chapters read like a college term paper. It eventually turn into a good book in the later chapters. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

David Kushner is an award-winning journalist and author. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone, he has written for publications including Wired, New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and Details. He served as the digital-culture commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday. He has been included in The Best American Crime Reporting and The Best Music Writing and is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.

About the Narrator

Wil Wheaton is an actor, voice artist, author, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Among his movie credits are Stand by Me and Toy Soldiers. His many television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, and Generator Rex. As a narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, he has twice won the prestigious Audie Award, twice been a finalist for the Audie, and earned an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine.