This book is easily the fiction book of the year despite only having one shade of grey... Delorean grey!
You'll want to listen to this book over and over so that you can pick up all of the thousands of references. Then you'll want to listen to the music (2112), watch the movies (War Games), play the games (Pacman), and read the books (Hitchhiker).
This book is quirky and funny while portraying insightful self-assessments of the protagonist and his companions. I loved the character development almost as much as the novel plot and subtle and overt 80's references (some references are so elusive that 90% won't even know that it's a reference).
I enjoyed the parts where the main character had to get through the various gates.
I loved the main character, but I especially liked that Wil Wheaton didn't try to give the female characters a falsetto voice. They always sound like drag queens when narrators do that.
My middle school son never wanted to arrive at our destination since I was listening to it in the car and he was often with me. I wished I had it in hard copy form as well so I could finish the story faster.
Great book especially if you grew up in the 80's!
I am a proud father who has a deep passion for reading and writing. I like to keep up with pop culture as well as maintain roots in nostalgic and classical cultures.
I listen to the 404 on CNET and Jeff had talked about this book a couple of times on the show. I relate to him and his likes pretty well and realized I hadn't read any books in quite some time. This was actually my first time with an audio book ever. In my opinion the book was actually very well written. The author definitely did his research. Although the story takes place in the future it is very cleverly drenched in 1980's culture. The futuristic items and technology are not overly far fetched and there is a multitude of 80's references. I would highly recommend this book to techies and anyone into 80's nostalgia. I was also quite fond of Wil Wheaton's performance. He made the characters relatable and easily identifiable by giving each their own voices. Replayability is high. I listened to the book in less than 3 days and have already listened to it a second time. I can definitely see myself replaying it several more times in the near future. I am very pleased with my purchase here and consider it money well spent. I wont get into the story as there are already enough reviews and I don't want to give any of the story away. If you're looking for a fun read then go ahead and pick this one up!
I would most definitely listen to Ready Player One again. The main characters were well written and you could tell they were individuals. All of them with their own personalities, flaws and strengths. They were not simply names. You grew to care for them, and the quest. I wanted to be taking part in the hunt. What seemed to be the basic premise of the story, while not unique in itself, did appear to me to be presented in a unique way. Many books take a few chapters for me to start to get into them, but I was a part of the story from the beginning.
I would have to say Wade was my favorite character. I identified with the plight of his character. Stuck at low level, not able to get gold for transport costs to better places. Falling in love with someone you've never met. I did that once when I was younger. Didn't last after we met, but it still happened.
Performance wise, most of the characters. I wasn't expecting Wil Wheaton to be such a spectacular narrator. But more specifically, I would have to say Art3mis. I can't really find a particular reason why. Just one of those things, I guess.
I will definitely look forward to anything by this author if his other books are even half as good, and especially if Wil Wheaton is doing the narration.
Wil F'ing Wheaton
H... read it you will see
Hard to say... listened in basically one sitting on the drive back from Florida.
Yes.. and I did!!!
Any computer nerd child of the 80' will want this in there collection.
This book was fantastic! As a child of the 80's who grew up loving the movies, music and video games of the time, this was a joy to listen to. One of my favorite things to do while listening to it was looking up all the stuff that was referenced in the story online and enjoying those things from my childhood again. The Narration by Wil Wheaton was great and worked perfectly with the material. The story was packed with great humor, tension, and amazing ideas for how a possible future could look. It played out like a great movie in my head. I highly recommend it!
For me, the era referred to in the book, the 80s, was my formative years.
Good within limits.
The book had a very strong beginning and finish but much of the middle felt significantly weaker. In many cases, I felt that the middle was merely propped up by the 80s pop culture references. fortunately, the action and plot begin accelerating (again) after that and led to a very satisfying conclusion.
Wil Wheaton's narration was good, as it always has been in my experience, although I'm starting to form the impression that 3 or 4 voices is his maximum capacity for making characters that are both distinctive and natural sounding. At several points in the book, several characters simply struck me as "forced" in their voice and it dropped me out of the story, Og in particular was distracting.
Barely nostalgic, the book seems to be more a compilation of the texts on the backs of game packaging than an original story. Very lazy writing, predictable plot and unoriginal ending.
Do not waste your credits on this one, instead, Daemon by Daniel Suarez is a much better book, featuring an original plot and much more credible situation.
I grew up geek in the 80's and this was a good romp. I binged on this audible title over a weekend while watching old movies (time bandits, dragon slayer, conan, holy grail, blade runner, clash of the titans, blood of heroes, war games, etc.), playing Diablo III(probably should have played gauntlet), and drinking (vodka) and I had a lot of fun. this title is filled with 80's computers (sorry no kaypro but there was a colecovision mention), computer games, arcade games, movies, tv shows, role playing games, comics... or at least copious mentions of said media reminding me a bit of leaves of grass. a couple highlights for me were the mentions of Hawk the Slayer, and Roger Zelazny which are relatively obscure yet still great memories for me.
unfortunately the plot was also right out of the 80's, it reminded me of the movie scavenger hunt, only shoe horned into the dark future in an MMO with technology that wet dreams are made of (though to be honest I'm hoping we'll have better by 2045). the characters are as well defined and fleshed out as the graphics on the karate champ arcade game(though the constant geek trivia one-up-manship did bring me right back to highschool). the narration by wesley crusher was obviously a good choice, I just wish he had improved on his acting and vocalizations in the 25 years since st tng. I continually found myself re-reading the lines in my head and adding the inflection I would have read it with had I actually read the book.
I also think the audio would have been greatly improved if they added some sound effects as well. I know it's not standard format, but a title like this cries out for it. while I did listen to dead man's party at the opening, and I could hear in my head ALL of the video game sound effects, and the tv theme songs, and the depeche mode remixes, it still would have been that much more awesome to take advantage of the audio format and add that extra level of immersion to it.
all that being said, it was a fun page turner that didn't require any brain cells(or page turning) for me to follow along. I had a great time with it for what it is. it is not war and peace, it is not even original. it is an 80's flashback with an MMO twist and it will bring you right back to high school (assuming you're not there now or have yet to be). if you grew up geek in the 80's (or want to know what that was like), it's cannon, otherwise you probably won't find much to it.
If you love 80s pop culture and MMORPG then you will love this book.
I was concerned about the initial direction the story was taking when it was explained that this future world is in dire straights due to global warming and evil corporations rule the world. Thankfully, there was nothing to fear. We are immediately introduced to the virtual world that every human escapes to. Created by a man revered as a god, this virtual world has replaced the real world for most aspects of life.
The book follows a group of people as they race to discover the hidden fortune of the creator of the world they call home. Of course, there is an evil corporation who wants to steal their freedom and employees a team to search for it as well. I have always found it interesting that to some people certain corporations are evil and destructive but for some reason other more massive and profitable corporations are sweet and caring. Do they not understand what a "corporation" is?
Anyway, the story was fun and fast paced. The idea of this virtual world was cool (I would probably be an addict pretty quick). The vision of an evil lich king standing at a game of Joust with a knight clad in full plate mail made me laugh. But in the end the story itself kind of fell flat with me. The author seemed to be setting up some kind of statement or big moment for the main character, but it never happened.
Oh well, good read anyway. Will Wheaton's narration was excellent and added to the enjoyment of the listen.