It deserves more than 5 stars! The story is out of this world awesome. If you even sorta like dorky things or have an 80's fixation, this is the story for you. Loved it! And Will Wheaton is a great narrator, who would have known? This guy needs to write more books! Do yourself a favor, download this!
Anyone who has ever taken on another persona while playing an online game or visited a virtual world on their computer will identify with this book. MMO players in particular have likely experienced the duality of the real world versus their virtual world and know the perils of living in both.
In Ready Player One technology has taken online gaming (and online experiences in general) to the next level while real life society has taken a few steps backwards. This bleak future, where many people prefer their virtual personas to their real lives, becomes the stage for the greatest easter egg hunt of all time. The creator of the Oasis (the online universe that most of the earth is addicted to) has died and left behind clues that lead to the ultimate prize: his vast fortune and control of the Oasis itself. The quest for the egg becomes a battle of David vs Goliath as millions of people try to solve the puzzle before an evil corporation bent on assuming control of the Oasis bullies their way to the solution.
Although I am not a big fan of Wil Wheaton, he is a good match for this material and he does well as the narrator. Put on your haptic suit and log into the Oasis as soon as you can.
An imaginative and compelling story with action, 80's trivia, emotion and guts. Never. Wanted. It. To. End.
This book is a great listen, especially for those of us who were teens in the '80's, but the pop culture references are well-explained enough so that it won't exclude the YA crowd. It's definitely geared more towards the geeky male, rather than the geeky female, but it's fun enough that it doesn't matter.
The book is a little predictable, but in the best possible way. I absolutely recommend it.
I loved this character! I was reluctant to try something that sounded so geek-based, but I was hooked by all the throwbacks to the 80's. I could not help loving this boy and wanting him to come out on top. The futuristic setting was totally believable, human negligence taking it's natural course paired with our dependence on technology. Don't let the setting get in your way! It's not sci-fi in the traditional sense.
...although they will get crushed on licensing fees from all of the references to 80's movies, video games and music. If you are even a little bit of a geek you will love this. If you grew up in the 80's you will love this. If like a story about the underdog vs the evil giant then you will love this. I like all three of those things and that made this story "totally rad". It's not as good as Daemon (if you're looking for other suggestions), but it was more than worth the credit. I went out of my way to walk my dog so I could keep listening to the story.
I enjoyed listening to this book a great deal. It's fun, light reading, and well-narrated by Wheaton who has the ability add the right sarcastic or nerdy-superior inflection to his voice at any given time. I suspect that the audience for this book will be somewhat narrow, although it's perfect for that audience. And which audience is that? Well, people in the 20-40 year age range that grew up during or shortly after the time period in question, I can't speak for current teens but I doubt they would like it as it's not their pop culture being referenced. Also they will tend to be people from that generation that enjoy referential humor, pop culture, know who people like Cory Doctorow or Steve Wozniak are, have played video games, MMORPGs, and have probably grown up on Tolkien, Pratchett, PK Dick, and other sci-fi and fantasy authors. So basically, it's going to appeal to adult nerds, like me, or imagine the cast of the Big Bang Theory reading it (minus Penny and Sheldon may refuse because Will Wheaton is his nemesis). If that doesn't in any way describe you, it's likely going to fall on truly deaf ears, as it would be pointless for the author to waste exposition on explaining every reference. If he had to do that, the wrong person is reading the book, and the fun of having referential humor in a book would go to waste. I could only imagine my parents trying to read this, listening for about 20 minutes, then turning it off, confused, wondering what MMORPGs are or why Atari games stir up nostalgia in their kids. I suspect it would sound like a different language to them.
Anyway, with those caveats, I can recommend it, 5/5 stars for that audience as it's a great little story, and Cline shows some seriously l33t knowledge about some random stuff. And it's a blast how these bits of seemingly useless wisdom become critical to the characters who to solve basically an involved MMORPG quest must become masters of a culture that isn't even their own anymore
I'm sure children of the 80's will love this. Imaginative story that was well written, and well narrated.
The performance by Will Wheaton, first and foremost. Then, the incredible story, so current and compasisonate, a true adventure.
It sweeps you away in to a dystopian future, but offers hope. You are really pulled into the perilous game our protagonist gets himself into. He's a little too smart for his own good, but smart enough to save humanity!
Very extreme. Both. There were tears, fear, and joy.
Cline and Wheaton really have mastered the construction and performance of the characters and the situations.
Even if you have never picked up a game controller in your life, strap yourself in for a wild ride.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
If you're trying to make up your mind on whether or not to buy this book... Do it! Stop reading this review and start listening to this book!
I envy you because you get to hear it for the first time.
Did you like The Hunger Games? Ready Player One is better.
Trust me. In the past year I've listened to 50 or more audio books and this is the best. I listen to all genres; sci-fy, fantasy, horror, comedy, historical fiction... This is the best book I've read or listened to in years! (a close second is "The Martian" by Andy Weir)
Thank you, Mr. Cline and Mr. Wheaton for making 15 hours of my short existence extra wonderful.