Not a reader, but a fantastic listener!
The entire decade of the 80s is sufficient enough.
You like the 80s? Video games? Relatebale people? and to laugh a lot? if so, then this book is for everyone!
Just about everything...The one redeeming thing was when the author was in retro mode...which inexplicably and in an unforeseeable fashion turns to anime puffing--where the writer assumes that those interested in the 1980's video game scene would care about anything anime is a long leap in logic...It almost says to the reader that the penultimate 1980's fan is an anime fan...didactically...so I *must* be an anime fan if I was a fan of all things 1980's...he takes the easy way out here, and can easily hide behind the whole, "this is alternate future I've built," and that's why they're all anime-centric at the end...nothing against anime, but it just wasn't at home here...anime wasn't a big part of most people's 1980's or 1990's, which covers the greater majority of the references in this book...but the end turns to a giant anime Gundam style battle...just...what gives? It's craziness. It would've made more sense to make this a giant Go-Bots fight at the end, or a transformers battle...but it subsided into craziness...
The idealistic end, and even worse...The character actually has no trouble at all with the obstacles in the book. He just...casually sidesteps these these like a pothole. You really expect me to believe he is at all afraid of being in this mega-corporation's custody when his plan was to be caught in the first place? He's not afraid--he's the aggressor here...he is hacking their system internally. It didn't create suspense for me, it created laugh-ability...
The pace was steady, although the time frames shifted quite often--it was difficult to keep up with how much time was passing until the author quite literally named how long had passed.
Half of the giant robot battle at the end, or the pace-killing episode where the antagonist decided to collapse in on himself and run from the mega-corporation, ultimately to be caught "intentionally" at the "proper time." Really? So...just repeating...what was he afraid of while in their custody?
I feel like this author is talented, but could have done so much better here. Honestly.
this is so damn good on every level. a must read for any fans of video games.
Truly amazing. Wheaton's performance completely made this book for me. I listened to this book while driving, and could not get myself to get out immediately every time I stopped. I would sit in the car and listen for a few extra minutes just to hear the rest of the enthralling story.
From beginning to end Ready Player One is filled with familiar memories of a time so many of us enjoyed. Hundreds of references of games, movies, comic books, tv shows and electronics that anyone from the 80's will probably remember and yearn for as you relive those memories through the characters of the story. Wil Wheaton's performance is superb throughout the narration to provide an immersive experience.
The massive amount of plotholes, wondering "WUT?" alot. The whole time, I couldn't get South Park's "Make love, not Warcraft" episode out of my head.
Average. Probably wouldn't be a reader if he wasn't Wil Wheaton.
If you can get past the, "huh?" moments and invest yourself in the story, yes.
Story - 2.5
If you want an average story, with some 80's pop culture references (and a few others), and have a credit to burn...give it a shot.
If you can suspend your logic and empathize with putting your relevance in a virtual world, vice the real one...you will LOVE this yarn.
Average story, average narration.