• by Linus Larsson, Daniel Goldberg, Jennifer Hawkins (translator)
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three years ago, 32-year-old Markus "Notch" Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the "virtual Lego" game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of millions of people, in fact.It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. And it is about creation, exclusion, and the feeling of not fitting in.
Here Markus opens up for the first time about his life. About his old Lego-filled desk at school. About the first computer his father brought home one day. But also about growing up in a family marked by drug abuse and conflict.
But above all it is the story of the fine line between seeming misfit and creative madman, and the birth of a tech visionary. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is a Cinderella story for the Internet age.


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From Legos to Pixels

From saying, as an adult, “Mom I’m going to live with you forever,” to one of the biggest names in gaming, Markus “Notch” Persson is an example of the old cliché that following one’s dreams will pay off.

The game “Minecraft" looks deceptively simple, but once you dive in, it expands into an entire block-y universe. People build fortresses, castles and scale models of real life objects. I’ve even heard of one player’s quest to find the edge of the “Minecraft" world.

Where did this phenomenon come from?

Persson went from using the computer as a sanctuary alone with his thoughts away from family tensions, to building a community online and in real life.

This book does an excellent job of subtly pointing out the roots of “Minecraft” in Persson’s life; Legos, “Boulder Dash,” “Magic the Gathering.”

But it also tells the story of someone relatable, someone with an un-extraordinary background, but who always knew what he wanted to do, and through perseverance, challenged the status quo of gaming (macho guys killing each other), and created something playful and creative that he is proud of, and is beloved by gamers all over.
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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""

Great "biography" of the brain(s) behind Minecraft

Would you listen to Minecraft again? Why?

Yes. To catch things I might have missed the first time. And to listen to it with my Minecraft-addicted son to help explain some of the 'adult' perspectives of the book. Also - to help gloss over the few profanities used (two specifically I recall; one 'F' word in reference to a title; one 'S' word used as an idiom reference "S... meet fan"). Just nice to know since it may sneak up on listeners who think this might be aiming at the younger Minecraft audience.

What did you like best about this story?

The background story behind "Notch" (Markus) and how Minecraft (and Mojang, etc.) came to be.

Which scene was your favorite?

This isn't really applicable with this more biographical account.

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

The end / wrap-up of what Markus did after his huge success with Minecraft (what he is doing now). I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it.

Any additional comments?

Readers need to understand that this is not some sort of Minecraft users guide, or anything to do about playing the game itself. It is a biographical account about Minecraft's creator. And, it is written more with a 13+ year-old audience in mind (just my opinion).

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- Linda Glisson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios