bought the book first. then found out it was read by Wil Wheaton. listened while driving to and from work. when. get to location I couldn't stop listening. a must read for any geek or self proclaimed geek.
I love it when I find a book that I can't stop listening to. If you're a fan of the 80's you'll love this book, if you're a fan of gaming you'll love this book, if you've ever considered yourself a geek you'll relate to this book. If you're all three... Well, you're not allowed to marry books.
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I'm sure children of the 80's will love this. Imaginative story that was well written, and well narrated.
I loved this book. The overall story is captivating. I couldn't stop listening. And anyone who gamed, listened to music, or watched TV in the 80s will appreciate the trivia and get the jokes and references. That being said, even my 13 year-old niece loved it. Being a Generation Xer is not required.
I grew up playing video games in arcades, pizza shops with video games. I remember cheesy video games, consoles before X-Box and PlayStation. I still occasionally play Ms. Pacman on my iPad/iPhone. Hacking public telephones? Yes!
If you grew up in the late 70's or the 80's and remember some of the many films referenced throughout this book, you will enjoy this audiobook. Wil Wheaton's provides an excellent performance covering many different characters.
This book blew me away! It grabbed me from the very beginning and didn't let go even after it was over. The story was absolutely amazing! Disclaimer: I was raised in the 80s and grew up listening to the music, watching the tv/movies, reading the books/comics, and playing the games (some, not all) that Cline uses in this book. I was instantly transported back to my childhood every time I hit play to continue listening to this book.
Not only is the story great but Cline's writing is very good too. It flows, it's crisp, and he's very descriptive, sometimes to a fault. The story was tight and never really lagged. The one part I didn't care for was Wade basically forgetting about the contest as he falls in love with Artemis. That seemed a stretch to me (since his entire life revolved around the contest), but, maybe Cline writing it that way speaks more to the fact that Wade was disconnected entirely from the real world and suddenly he had someone who truly wanted to know about him, spend time with him, and talk to him, even if it was in a virtual environment. It showed how truly alone he was, which may have been Cline's intention.
Wil Wheaton's narration was pedestrian. He does an okay job, not so bad that it annoyed me, I have heard worse, but he basically uses the same voice for every character. Not sure I can fault him for that, he's not a voice actor/narrator by trade and I've become spoiled by listening to amazing narrators like Michael Kramer, James Marsters, Craig Wasson, and Davina Porter.
Overall, this book is a must listen too!
The first bit of this book is solid likely-near-future dystopian sci-fi, and this aspect of the book is thankfully revisited intermittently throughout. Most of this book, however, is the author pretty much reading aloud from a encyclopedia entry on 80's pop culture. If you are between 35 and 45 years old, and you are (for some reason) endlessly entertained by being reminded of long-forgotten consumer goods and video games, this book is for you. If you want something transient and/or compelling, look elsewhere.
I haven't listened to any of Wil Wheaton's narrations specifically, but he did an EXCELLENT job narrating this book. He was one of the reasons that I loved it so much.
Absolutely, in fact I found many reasons to keep listening to it every moment that I could and after it was finished, I just started all over again at the beginning. It's excellent and exhilarating !
If you play video games, know anything about the 80's (even a little bit- books, movies, music) then I think you'll enjoy this book/audiobook. It has so many of those exciting moments when you play a video game that is hard to capture or explain, and yet Cline does exactly this and I found it THRILLING to be involved. The end battle reminded me of old World of Warcraft world boss battles and it had all the emotion that I felt wrapped up in excellent scenes and imagery. I adore this book. Definitely check this out. The audio narration just adds to the excellent read!
Love listening to books.
I loved this book. Besides a great romp through the culture of gaming from the 1980's, it is a well told story. I also appreciated the fresh perspective on the time-honored tale of energy shortage driven collapse of civilization and the corporation as future overlord.
Very well done and Wheaton was a very good reader for this story.