Of Dice and Men by David Ewalt audiobook

Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

By David Ewalt
Read by David Ewalt and Mikael Naramore

Brilliance Audio
8.31 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781480524606

A fascinating and personal look at Dungeons & Dragons that “tracks D&D’s turbulent rice, fall, and survival, from its heyday in the 1980s…to the twenty-first century” (The Wall Street Journal).Even if you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: the game has had a profound influence on our culture, and 2014 marks the intriguing role-playing phenomenon’s 40th anniversary. Released decades before the Internet and social media, Dungeons & Dragons inspired one of the original nerd subcultures and is still revered by more than 30 million fans. Now, the authoritative history and magic of the game are revealed by an award-winning journalist and lifelong D&D player.In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt describes the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s origins on the battlefields of ancient Europe through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s lasting impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences, “writing about the world of fantasy role-playing junkies with intelligence, dexterity, and even wisdom” (Ken Jennings). An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir, Of Dice and Men sheds light on America’s most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

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A fascinating and personal look at Dungeons & Dragons that “tracks D&D’s turbulent rice, fall, and survival, from its heyday in the 1980s…to the twenty-first century” (The Wall Street Journal).

Even if you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: the game has had a profound influence on our culture, and 2014 marks the intriguing role-playing phenomenon’s 40th anniversary. Released decades before the Internet and social media, Dungeons & Dragons inspired one of the original nerd subcultures and is still revered by more than 30 million fans. Now, the authoritative history and magic of the game are revealed by an award-winning journalist and lifelong D&D player.

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt describes the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s origins on the battlefields of ancient Europe through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s lasting impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences, “writing about the world of fantasy role-playing junkies with intelligence, dexterity, and even wisdom” (Ken Jennings). An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir, Of Dice and Men sheds light on America’s most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s almost impossible to explain how Dungeons & Dragons works and harder still to explain how it feels. This book comes as close as any I’ve ever read.” Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
“David Ewalt writes about the world of fantasy role-playing junkies with intelligence, dexterity, and even wisdom.” Ken Jennings, New York Times bestselling author of Because I Said So!
“David Ewalt offers a genial history of Dungeons and Dragons and its impact on his own geek life…A highly readable account of a game that seized the imagination of a generation and maintains its grip three decades later.” Publishers Weekly
“Even audiences normally indifferent to D&D’s charms will find Ewalt’s overview witty and absorbing, and the game’s devotees will discover much here to revel in and quibble with.” Booklist
“The author’s devotion to the game does much to illuminate role-playing’s enduring power on mortal men and women.” Kirkus Reviews
“David Ewalt’s wit, insight,and infectious love of D&D make him the perfect guide to the most significant game of the twentieth century. The book is a joy to read.” Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English