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
- 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
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.
The background story behind "Notch" (Markus) and how Minecraft (and Mojang, etc.) came to be.
This isn't really applicable with this more biographical account.
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.
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).
- Linda Glisson