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.
I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.
It's an entertaining, hilarious and nostalgic romp through the 1980s via a near-future and semi-apocalyptic USA.
Retired reading, English, & math teacher. Survivor of rear-ending on Channel 5 bridge in Florida Keys that resulted in 10 day coma&rehab,
This lost my interest by Book 2 -- never seemed to be able to develop into anything. I usually can develop interest for all kinds of reads but even after sticking through Book One, I just deleted Book 2. Sorry.
will have to see
He was probably best for genre, good balance.
Military history, Contemporary sci-fi/fantasy, Classics and Sport biographies ... in that order!
Yes, and I have. A story about a computer game doesn't sound too good until you add Wil Wheaton and 80s nostalgia. There are many great parts in this book but its the sections inbetween that makes this book re-listenable.
I have never read another book like this, but there are the usual cyberspace style titles for comparison: Snow Crash, For The Win, Daemon, etc etc. The problem is this book is unique because it is a mash up of futuristic nostalgia and cybergaming reality, and its actually accessible to non hard core sci fi fans.
He brings everything to it, I'm 100% glad I listened to this rather than reading it. It was easy to feel his enthusiasm for the story and its characters.
Some laughter and a strong connection with the main characters.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I loved this book so much in print - and the audiobook is even better. If you were in high school or college in the '80's, this book is definitely for you. Lots of references to movie, music & TV of that era. This book is loads of fun. And Wil Wheaton narrating a book about about gamers, with all those '80's references, is just prefect.
A book about gamers, narrated by the actor who played Wesley Crusher - perfection.
Laughed. A lot.
Buy this book before they make the movie!
I cannot say how much I like this story. It is engaging and entertaining. It brings back many fond memories. I grew up in the 80's so I remember almost all of the things in this book. The only problem I have with this story is that it has to end. If you are from the 80's and want a trip down memory lane with a totally tubular story then this is the book for you.
I havent even mention Wil Wheaton as the Narrarator. What a voice for this audiobook.
This book is a must have. I plan to purchase a copy of this book because it deserves to be in my library at home.