I have listened to nearly 100 audio books and this book is by far one of the best books I have listened to. This is also the first book I have taken the time to write a review about. Get this book you will not be disappointed.
This story is amazing if your a fan of geek culture and grew up in the 80s. It's full of small, and not so small references to a time pre millenial won't understand.
Having grown up in the 80's, being the right age to watch game technology starting with a pong console, moving to Atari, then on to Intelevision and finally graduating to a TS_80 then the Atari 800, learning to program in basic..this book brings it all back, and some that were forgotten, with a smile on my face. The story is well written and paced. Wil Wheaton did a fantastic job, you can tell he loves this topic. My only complaint is the authors need to interject his political leanings, with global warming, occupy wall streetsih "Rich = Bad" and everyone else is a drone working for the man or just trying to survive. All in all I would recommend this book, the fault I say are few and don't take away from the story.
I absolutely love Ready Player One, in fact, it's my favorite book, and the audiobook performance gives it a whole new layer. Wil Wheaton expertly performs as only he can, being tied to so much of the subject matter, and offers a great deal of personality to the characters. The only thing that I would have wanted is for him to break character when he and Star Trek are directly mentioned. If you haven't read this book yet, do so. If you haven't listen to it yet, do that too.
I'm not a big video game person, and I'm not super familiar with 80's trivia, so I've been hesitant about this book for a long time. But when I finally caved and bought it, I literally couldn't stop listening. You don't have to know everything this book references; everything is explained well enough that it's still highly enjoyable, so don't let that stop you!
This book is a perfect mix of legitimately disturbing dystopian imagery and exciting, escapist adventure narrative. It raises some serious and fascinating questions, but it's also just plain fun. I would highly recommend it for anyone. And Wil Wheaton's narration was spot-on. He does an excellent job of capturing emotion and inflection, making this version possibly even better than the print book. Buy it. Buy it now.