SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
Since my first and more detailed review somehow disappeared from Audible and I didn't think to save a copy, I'll only say:
1.) Anyone who remembers the 80's, ever played video games, or appreciates sci fi/fantasy will love it!
2.) The science fiction is NOT farfetched; this reads like a story that could possibly come true!
3.) I hear that a movie is in the works! And I will be first in line to see it, along with all the other geeks, dweebs, nerds, gamers, Monty Python fans, Pat Benatar and Rush fans, and everyone else who appreciates a rollicking good science fiction story.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
BECAUSE OF IT'S COVER AND STRANGE SUMMARY I'VE BEEN AVOIDING THIS BOOK FOR YEARS UP UNTIL THE MOMENT i DECIDED TO TRY THE FIRST CHAPTER, AND IT IMMEDIATELY RUSHED IT'S WAY ON MY TOP SHELF
ADVERTISER'S COVER AND PUBLISHERS SUMMARY ARE THE WORST I SEEN FOR LONG WHILE,AND YET THE BOOK IS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. OVER THE YEARS I READ HUNDREDS OF SCI FI BOOKS AND I HAVE NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO.
THE ORIGINALITY IS HARD TO COME BY IN NOWADAYS
I was very disappointed when I found out that the author has only one book published.
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.
Recommended quick read. Having Wil Wheaton read this book made the references feel real! All of the 80's nostalgia was mixed into a bit of a puzzle mystery action story. It had me flying through the book with great visual cues and reality jumps.
I would if they are into good yarns with very little substance.
Maybe the protagonist could run into a problem for which he has no solution (or even has to try a little bit to solve it).
Meh. Probably not.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It's a good yarn. If you like puzzle-solving, this is probably a book for you. But everything seemed so streamlined. The main characters all have the pieces fall into place at exactly the right time. And that process is only explained by "I watched this movie 15 times" or "Then I remembered this line from the almanac." It seemed almost too simple. And in retrospect, I just felt like it wasn't very fulfilling.
I have never read the print version of RP1, but after hearing the sample of the audiobook, I initially assumed that it would be difficult to follow the audiobook and that I'd want the print version so I could research and revel in the nostalgia as I read. However, after caving and listening to it, I now have the opposite impression: the book is so verbose and lengthy I'd most likely have struggled to get through it all if I'd only had the paper copy. As audio, I could half listen when it was getting too detailed and slow for my enjoyment.
Ultimately I would, though not as a "must read." If your familiar with pop/nerd culture, particularly of the era, it's certainly fun. Additionally, you do not need to have grown up in the 80s to enjoy this novel, as many reviewers have suggested. I missed the 80s, but got enjoy them through my parents, friends, and curiosity, much the way Wade and the other players do in the novel. While the nostalgia buttons may not be mashed quite as hard, they certainly are pushed. If you like puzzles, I would especially recommend this. I was really gratified when I figured out the first key and the second gate before the main character did and I can imagine that other people obsessed with pop culture would feel vindicated by the idea that one day all thei trivia could lead somewhere, even if it's fantasy. I would, however, caution against looking too closely at the text. There are multiple inconsistencies and plot holes. I won't detail them here for the sake of spoilers, but there were enough that I gott a little angry at points. Also, the characters were kind of inconsistent and illogical at times, acting more with convenience to the plot than truth to their own characters. If you can roll with the punches, though, it's certainly a fun ride.
Wil Wheaton is a great speaker. He reads well and does a good job differentiating the voices enough that you can tell whose speaking. I was little miffed that he pronounced all the Japanese correct except the word "manga." Why are we still mispronouncing this so much? It's not hard. Why was he allowed to go the entire audiobook with that pronunciation? As a fan, of both him and manga, it rubbed me the wrong way.
I didn't have a particularly strong reaction to the book, except that the movie has the potential to be really, really cool if they do it right (like I hope they skip doing green screen for the OASIS and instead do computer animation. Except for the Japanese monster battles. People in costumes all the way!)
The writing of this book is actually pretty poor. It's fairly repetitive and amateurish. I feel like a stronger editing hand could have helped a lot. As an audiobook, though, it's failr easy to ignore these flaws.
Beyond fantastic. Top 5 for sure. I avoided this for a long time because the description made me think that I would hate it, but I loved every minute and binge-listened the entire thing in a few days.
If you played video games in the 80s this is an absolute must. Such a clever story-- I could really not have imagined that anyone could make a virtual world interesting whatsoever, but Cline pulls it off and then some.
I wish it could've kept going.
OK, as a former worlds of warcraft addict I have to say I absolutely loved this story. I love to immerse myself in any stories about VR or augmented reality. While not quite as amazing as Daemon, still I found myself listening even when not driving in my car (which rarely happens). I didn't give the story 5 stars because I reserve that only for great writing as well as a great story. The book is 4 star only because the writing is not quite as good as a Patrick Rothfus novel and there are one or two too many uncreative Deus ex Machina plot devices. But don't let that dissuade you. This is an EXCELLENT read!!!!!!!
I've never been a gamer nor am I an 80s junkie but none of that matters because this book is amazing! Big kudos to the narrator as well.
Don't get hung up on the details of what this book is about, just listen, you won't regret it.