Wheaton definetely, Cline if a more mature theme. I misread the the reviews, this is a book for teenagers
I believe that being of a certain age benefits the reader (45+). Remembering back to the arcades, changing money for tokens, playing many of the games listed in the book helped me to relate to the book. Really brought back fun, happy memories. I think someone who is from the PC/Wii generation may not have the same emotional tie to this book. I couldn't wait to find out what game would be played next, what adventures were to follow seeking out the quest.
Pleasantly surprised - I thought he did a great job reading this book.
Ready Player One - makes perfect sense!
I have a very solitary job, so I have quite a few hours to listen to books every week. I try to rate this books fairly, as I hate the 1 star or 5 star trend. 5 stars shall be reserved for the best of the best. 3 stars is still a good book to me.
I don't know if it is better or not, but it's quite good. Wil Wheaton adds a lot to this story.
Hard decision. All of the characters are great.
Wade Watts, I'm pretty sure that a few pages into writing this book, Ernie Cline knew exactly who was going to read it.
No crying involved, definitely some laughing, and a bit of heart racing.
I'm probably quite biased in this as this book is so far up my alley.It really makes me miss the whole Saturdays I could waste in an arcade.
This title is so full of 80's trivia, pop culture references, and nostalgia (for any age) that it's easy to overlook how solid it works as a stand alone sci-fi novel. The futuristic world the character's live in is as much a three-dimensional, fully developed character as the ones I've come to like while listening. And their world within a world becomes even more so. At just over 15 hours this book still felt way too short and I'm counting the days until a sequel comes out, and passing that time by starting a second listen. Honestly loved it.
Well play Wil, well played.
Those who likes and plays MMOs would like this one.
Giant robot battle.
I love the end, I wish it would have been maybe a chapter or two longer...
Even though I didn't get most of the references, I still really enjoyed this book mainly because I love dystopian futures and MMOs.
Did not read the book
No. He is a good narrator. Perfect match with the characters.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
fun fun fun
great story, the author and reader were really good, i had to reference some of the games but to enjoy the book you don't need to know the details of the 80s, just a fun story
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
Gamer? Yes. Child of the 80s? Yes. First game system: ColecoVision. First home PC: Apple ][ GS (yeah, I said it. "GS." So my family was late to the party, what of it?).
I feel like I am this book's target audience. You can take or leave my comments knowing that.
This book is an extremely fun read. The adventure part of the story is an interesting action sci-fi mystery. There is a lot there for general audiences. The characters are interesting and well well developed. They seem very relatable despite their post-apocalyptic world and their obsession with a game world. The antagonist is a bit banal. I mean it is an evil corporation trying to corrupt a fantasy world and ruin its innocence for profit. Heard that before.
The bottom line on this book though it is that it is just plain fun. You root for the good guys to win and win in style. You sympathize with them in their contention with the bad guys and with each other. The writing draws you in to the suspense. You listen to the individual words hoping that the evil corporation doesn't catch up with the heroes, but deep inside knowing it could happen at any time. It is well written.
One problem with it is that it does heavily reference a particular era and certain particular hobbies. If you are not a fan of that era or haven't taken up with those hobbies, you might not get all the references or enjoy the book as much. Even if you do know them well, I doubt you'll catch everything. This might be unappealing to some, but you can tell in the way it is written it is definitely a feature not a bug.
I'm what Willis was talking about!
I NEVER listen to books a second time... except for THIS one!
My favorite book of ALL time... my 10 year old loves it, I love it... just amazing.