If you're a geek, or if you grew up in the 80s, this book is really fun. If you're both (like me) then this book is a must "read". The story is fun, the message is cool. My only negative is that the message is a bit overt, but not so much as to be objectionable. Loved this book, and the reading was quite well done.
I haven't read the print version of this book but Wil Wheaton's narration lent it a modern relevant feel that you may miss if you just read it.
I'd make the comparison to Steve Job's bio in the sense that it is about an incredible innovator who changes the technical world with a real sense of pop culture savvy. It's like a fantasy version of what could happen if Jobs had died and left behind a scavenger hunt game for his fortune. It felt incredibly contemporary.
His youthful voice was a perfect fit for the tone and action in this story. His importance in geek culture is cemented when he actually reads a passage that mentions him. Smart stuff.
I love video games so it felt especially relevant to me on many levels. It engages the fantasy: What if video games mattered and impacted the real world. There was genuine suspense when characters were in peril even if it was just their avatar. An amazing juggling act.
Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.
I absolutely loved this story. It did get some mediocre reviews by the critics, but it wasn't written for them. If you love 80's nostalgia (TV, movies, music) and video games, you will love this book.
Daemon. It pretty much starts the same but goes in different directions.
He provided geek cred to the story.
My childhood and all the things I loved given to me in one great adventurous Easter egg hunt in a cyber universe I can't wait to play in.
None compare...but in the Virtual Reality genre I would say Snow Crash. The distopian future and clever adventure hooks, the well thought out and loveable characters, and the sheer badasserie of the Metaverse would somewhat compare to Ready Player One. As far as story though the books are not that similar.
Wil Wheaton brings Wade's sarcasm and characteristics to life so well that I don't think I would have done him justice in my head.
How far would you go to find an egg worth 250 Billion dollars?
If you were born between 1970 and 1978, and consider yourself a geek this is the book you MUST read. If you think you know a lot about the 80's then you haven't met Wade Wilson yet. I cannot describe the absolute joy I had in listening to this book. I've listened to it 3 times since I downloaded it because it is so much fun to be there with Wade and his friends in their quest for the largest treasure hoard in history. From the old Dungeons and Dragons games, to the first home video game console you owned (Pong and Atari 2600 for me), to all the songs and movies you loved from the 80's (and a lot you were unaware of), to a glimpse of the future of global communications and interactivity that I can't wait to play, Ready Player One is, by far, the coolest book to come around in the past 10 years!
This was a book my 17 year old son and I both liked. It combines video game interest and good story-telling. I enjoyed the link between the fantasy world and real life.
It was a fictional story that touches a real dilemma of modernity: the line between reality and fantasy. Where does one begin and the the other take over? What is the separation between me and my car? Me and my computer? Me and my cell phone? How can I recreate myself in a virtual world?
If you like to think about these philosophical ideas, you will enjoy this book.
If you like a good story pitting good versus evil, you will like this book.
If you distrust corporations (and have a bit of the individualist streak in you) you will very much enjoy this book.
Hard to say.
The anti religious diatribe.
The book was unsatisfying in every way. It threw around 80s "facts" without context. It was set in a not too distant future that was implausibly dissimilar to our own among a people with technology that was equally implausibly similar to our own.
I would not listen to any audiobook more than once no matter how great it is. Life is short and there is much too much to enjoy and learn about.
Wade is my favorite character. I love a good story about an underdog rising to great heights of success and stardomI
This was the first performance I've heard from Wil Wheaton and I thought that he was great. He put so much enthusiasm and plenty of sarcasm into his narration and just totally became the main character Wade.
The ending was perfect! I was moved by the main character Wade's transition from virtual life to real life; how he gained an appreciation for what real life had to offer even though the Oasis (virtual world) was totally awesome.
Has a lot of elements that I really enjoyed about the Hunger Games series (minus the cheesy love triangle) and plenty of awesome eighties pop culture and video game references. Any Generation X'er who grew up with the Atari 2600 and the Commodore 64 will love this book, I highly recommend it.
I have recommended this to my friends because of the interesting subject matter, the wonderful descriptions and the detailed and nuanced plot. I read it in three days, and they were three very busy days, or I would have finished it sooner.
I like the development of the characters and the level of excitement that I felt for the hunt. I also loved the ability I had to catch references that passed between the characters. Made me think of some conversations I've had with some of my best friends.
Other than a terrific name, Wil Wheaton also conveyed the passion and excitement that I, as a Sci Fi fan, feel for a book like this one that focuses on a time period in retrospect, where I first became interested in Sci Fi through authors like Frank Herbert, and Orson Scott Card. Just the lists of the research for the quest read like it was coming off of my bookshelf, and DVD collection.
"The 80's weren't this cool in the 80's"
Read this book, I can't stress it enough.
Wil Wheaton did an amazing job with the nostalgic content and atmosphere. I loved it so mush, I am buying the book.
Literally all in one experience.
Too hard to pick just one.
all of them were great
Cyber Treasure Hunt of a Lifetime!
I dont like writing reviews. This book was worth it. Dont hesitate. Just get it.
I would classify myself as a part time avid listener. When I can afford the books, I get em :)
A memoir unlike any other.
None.. this is in a class of its own.
Wil reads with such enthusiasm it's very difficult to tell he's not telling it about himself. Amazing job!
There were a few twists in the story that weren't expected really well done story.
Look forward to more books by Ernest and more read by Wil