This book was a hoot. It had a good story in itself, but also let me remember a whole bunch of things from my childhood that I had forgotten. Also, it was enjoyable to hear the narrator refer to himself in the text.
Very enjoyable, compelling story. Couldn't put it down and hated when it finally ended. It has much of the appeal of Hunger Games, except it's about geeks living in an online world to escape the reality of their bleak, post-apocalyptic reality. It has a bit too much reverence for 80's pop culture for me. But I could relate to it even so. Warning! If you haven't played computer/video games very much, or at all - especially many of the games from the 1980's - you may not enjoy or relate to this aspect of the book.
Wil Wheaton performs a great narration and I enjoyed the novelty that he is actually mentioned in the book by name. I wouldn't imagine that that happens very often!
I love this book. It's a fun story with loads of references to the things I loved when I was young. Add Wil Wheaton's spot-on reading, and it's just about perfect.
Avid reader with eclectic tastes - I know what I like!
Maybe comic and video game fans, though it did seem insulting to them, as well.
Narration came off smug and whiny - at odds with the described protagonist.
Nope. I could barely take the first 45 minutes and then had to quit.
Wil's voice fit the story perfectly. He draws you in to the story and you never want to turn it off!
It made sure you always knew what was being talked about. Everything had a reason and it left you trying to figure stuff out before the story told you.
It is impossible to pick one scene. I loved most of the scene's that the IOI employees are being outsmarted.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
So smart. So irreverent. So relevant. If you like Stephenson, you'll love Cline. I just hope he hurries up and writes another book... SOON!
Very near the top of the list! OK, this is not Shakespeare or Dickens, but it IS 100% entertaining! Especially if you grew up in the 70's and 80's, and even more so if you happened to be a geek during those years
close between Aech and Art3mis, but to answer why would entail spoilers....
Very well done, fits right in to the story
It was a TERRIFIC stroll down memory lane for me, having been a computer game geek and computer nerd during just the times this book references constantly... (My first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80, graduating to an Atari 800, then a Commadore 64...)
I found this to be one of the most entertaining reads in a long while, partly because of the memories evoked by all of the old game and computer references, but also has a great story - I was sad when it was over!
An engaging story about a hopeless geek who makes good, and an engaging romp down memory lane with thousands of culture references. All too many of which I am afraid to admit that I knew.
Will Wheaton’s narrations is spot on with the wonder of discovery, the depression of loneliness, and the wonderment of meeting “On line friends” for the first time. The story flowed well with a smooth writing style.
I heartily recommend this book to others, particularly those of us “of a certain age” who will enjoy the stroll down memory lane
This book is both a trip to the past and to the future.
I did live during the 80's but I have never been a serious pop culture fan, so I probably missed many of the allusions. Also, I'm not a gamer, so I wasn't particularly famuliar with the setting. And yet, I totally enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end. Wil Wheaton's voice lured me in and I was hooked like a kid on video games.
I like science, sci-fi, history, and biographies. Audible has made my long commutes so much less boring!
I'm a child of the 80s. Born in 1980. I'm still nostalgic for stuff from that decade. Movies, music, video games, TV shows, etc. This book was a fun revistitation for me. Fun story, good characters, and lots of pop culture stuff thrown in. Even if you are not much of a gamer, you will enjoy this book. It's a bit like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory combined with the Matrix.
Will Wheaton provides excellent narration of the book.
My only complaint was that I was sad when it was over. You will not want to stop listening to it.
Highly, highly recommend.